Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC, FCCM
Dean Hess has over 45 years of experience in respiratory care, including clinical, research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities. For many years, he served as assistant director of respiratory care, Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of anesthesia, Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is a part-time lecturer in the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership at Northeastern University.
From 2008-2017, Hess was editor in chief of RESPIRATORY CARE, the official science journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care, and currently serves as managing editor of the journal. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, and Simulation in Healthcare. His academic interests include aerosol delivery techniques, adult mechanical ventilation, and critical care monitoring. He is a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care and the American College of Critical Care.
Hess has published over 250 papers and several books. He has had a high level of professional activity, including committee appointments with the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, and two years as president of the National Board for Respiratory Care. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and around the world.
He has received numerous awards including the Forrest M. Bird Award for Lifetime Scientific Achievement (1999); American Association for Respiratory Care Life Membership (1999); American College of Chest Physicians Simon Rodbard Memorial Honor Lecture (2001); Jimmy A. Young Medal (2006); Robert H. Miller Award (2007); Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teaching (2009); Chadwick Medal (2011); SCCM Presidential Citation (2012); Hector Leon Garza MD Achievement Award (2014); Massachusetts Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); Legends of Respiratory Care (2018). He has received teaching awards from the medical residents at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1999) and the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program (1996, 1998, and 2001).