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Dear members of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease,

I am Soo-Jong Hong at Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine.

It is my great honor to serve as the president of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease (KAPARD) and I wish you all the best possible development. At the same time, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the hard work and service of the many senior members and members of the Society who have been the cornerstone for this society to grow.

I remember the time about 25 years ago when I hang around my seniors to study immunology, how they cared and encouraged me without uncomfortable expression even though they were busy themselves. As this tradition of our society that seniors taking care of each of juniors, now we are grateful that the various schools have grown up to form the foundation of our society.

Two years may be a short time, but I will join forces with the new directors who are full of enthusiasm to be a small engine for the development and change of the society.

The direction I hope to purse during this term is: 1) to advance and share the academic levels of KAPARD, 2) to improve the system and provide satisfactory services for the members to be proud 3) to develop the academic need in the respiratory field, and 4) to approve and promote for the public with a positive attitude. We will develop and prepare ourselves to actively participate in and lead the internationalization.

As you already know, in 2021, the Asia Pacific Academy of Pediatric Allergy, Respirology and Immunology (APAPARI) which was held in Korea in 2005, will be held in Seoul again. We ask for your active interest and participation.

I promise that I and the new board members will listen to the opinions of our society members and make efforts and preparation to reflect it. I would like to ask our members to have a great interest in our society to develop together. We will prepare many places for you to meet and enjoy with many members through various meetings, such as academic congresses, training lectures, and scientific conferences.

Lastly, I appreciate you again for giving me the opportunity to serve the society, and I will do my best to meet the expectations.

I wish for your good health and well-doing.

June, 2019

President, Soo-Jong Hong