Dr. Schechter is professor and chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University and he is Director of the VCU Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Schechter's research has been primarily concerned with environmental and sociodemographic influences as well as the impact of treatment variations on outcomes in CF. Much of his investigative work has involved secondary database analyses, and he is a member of the CFF Registry/Comparative effectiveness committee. He has also worked with the CF Foundation on fostering methods to improve the quality of care and outcomes for children with CF, and has participated in projects to improve the care of children with other chronic conditions such as Spina Bifida, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Sickle Cell Disease, and Asthma. He was co-chair of the CFF Mental Health Taskforce that made recommendations regarding the Foundation's efforts in this area, is currently a member of the CFF Mental Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Schechter has been on the faculty of Wake Forest University, Brown University, and Emory University. He has been an invited speaker at a host of national and international conferences, and has an extensive record of published research, reviews, commentaries, edited books and book chapters. He has also served on numerous committees of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Thoracic Society, and American Academy of Pediatrics, and is past chair of the AAP Section of Pediatric Pulmonology.