Volunteer Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez, M.D.

American Lung Association celebrates volunteer appreciation week

New York, NY (April 17, 2012)

Luis Rodriguez, M.D.The week of April 15th, 2012 is recognized as National Volunteer Week. The American Lung Association celebrates their beloved volunteers year-round, but recognizes truly exceptional volunteers on this occasion.

Luis Rodriguez, M.D. has been an active board member with the American Lung Association in New York for the past six years. “Dr. Rodriguez played an integral role in the merger negotiations that ultimately led to a successful merger between the Lung Associations in New York and New England, setting the foundation for tremendous growth and the potential to meet the needs of countless more people with lung disease,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Dr. Rodriguez is Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, an area with some of the highest asthma rates in the state. He is actively involved with the Open Airways for Schools (OAS) program, the country’s most widely recognized asthma management program for children. As a physician consultant, Dr. Rodriguez has assisted in the training of more than 2,000 school nurses in New York City as program facilitators.

As a Hispanic-American, Dr. Rodriguez quickly established himself as the Spanish spokesperson for the American Lung Association’s “Faces of Influenza” initiative, both locally and nationally. He works with the media in New York to raise awareness of influenza and increase vaccination rates among the Hispanic community. Dr. Rodriguez is involved with countless Lung Association special events, volunteering his time, shaking hands, and even assisting in fundraising endeavors.

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