CHICAGO, IL | September 7, 2022
The American Lung Association, the nation’s premier resource for lung health, has expanded its network of lung health experts available to the news media through the fiscal year 2023. Now in its seventh year, the National Volunteer Medical Spokesperson Program includes 25 medical professionals from across the country with expertise in a wide range of lung health topics, from COVID-19 vaccinations, lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and asthma to healthy air, youth vaping and tobacco cessation.
“The pandemic has brought lung health issues into the public eye, so now, more than ever, it’s imperative to provide Americans the most current and accurate information,” said American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “The Lung Association Volunteer Medical Spokespeople provide the media and public with reliable, science-based lung health information. We are privileged to work with these dedicated volunteers who help advance our lifesaving mission.”
The American Lung Association’s 2022-2023 volunteer spokespeople include:
- Felix Aguilar, M.D., MPH, Los Angeles, CA (Areas of Expertise: Primary Care, environmental health, pediatric asthma)
- Jose R. Arias Jr., M.D., Orlando, FL (Areas of Expertise: allergy, immunology, asthma)
- John Balmes, M.D., San Francisco, CA (Areas of Expertise: air pollution, lung health, occupational exposures)
- Rabih Bechara, M.D., Atlanta, GA (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, critical care)
- Brian W. Christman, M.D., Nashville, TN (Areas of Expertise: general pulmonary medicine, health effects of air pollution)
- David Tom Cooke, M.D., FACS, Sacramento, CA (Areas of Expertise: thoracic surgery, lung cancer)
- Afif El-Hasan, M.D., Orange County, CA (Areas of Expertise: pediatric asthma and lung health)
- Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., Baltimore, MD (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, tobacco cessation, public health, youth vaping)
- Jamie Garfield, M.D., Philadelphia, PA (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, thoracic surgery)
- Jorge Gomez, M.D., New York, NY (Areas of Expertise: lung cancer, oncology)
- Traci Gonzales, APRN, PNP-C, AE-C, Houston, TX (Areas of Expertise: pediatric asthma)
- Payel Gupta, M.D., New York, NY (Areas of Expertise: asthma, allergy, immunology, pediatrics)
- MeiLan Han, M.D., MS, Ann Arbor, MI (Areas of Expertise: COPD, interstitial lung disease, lung transplant, women's respiratory health)
- David G. Hill, M.D., Waterbury, CT (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, critical care)
- Sumita Khatri, M.D., MS, Cleveland, OH (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, asthma)
- Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, M.D., MS, New York, NY (Areas of Expertise: pediatric pulmonology, pediatric asthma)
- Amit “Bobby” Mahajan, M.D., FCCP, DAABIP, Fairfax, VA (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology)
- Meredith McCormack, M.D., MHS, Baltimore, MD (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, air pollution)
- Andrea McKee, M.D., Boston, MA (Areas of Expertise: lung cancer, lung cancer screening)
- Juanita Mora, M.D., Chicago, IL (Areas of Expertise: allergy, immunology, pediatrics)
- Cedric "Jamie" Rutland, M.D., Irvine, CA (Areas of Expertise: pulmonology, critical care)
- S. Christy Sadreameli, M.D., M.H.S., Baltimore, MD (Areas of Expertise: pediatric asthma and lung health, youth vaping
- Jacob Sands, M.D., Boston, MA (Areas of Expertise: lung cancer, lung cancer screening, lung cancer stigma)
- Ozuru Ukoha, M.D., MSc, FACS, Chicago, IL (Areas of Expertise: thoracic and cardiac surgery)
- Victor Waters, MD, JD, FCLM, Phoenix, AZ (Areas of Expertise: internal and emergency medicine)
For media interested in scheduling an interview with an American Lung Association National Volunteer Spokesperson about lung health, lung diseases such as lung cancer, healthy air, tobacco use or more, contact Jill Dale at [email protected] or 312-940-7001. A full list with biographies and headshots of volunteer spokespeople may be found at Lung.org/media.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.
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