CHICAGO | March 11, 2021
The American Lung Association recently elected Victor Waters, M.D., J.D., F.C.L.M, to its national board of directors. The volunteer board provides governance and leadership in support of the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
“Volunteers are the backbone of the American Lung Association. We are honored to have a voluntary board full of talented, passionate and intelligent leaders who will help us achieve our vision of a world free of lung disease,” said American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer. “Especially as our nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Lung Association’s work is more critical than ever, and Dr. Waters brings broad experience to our national board of directors that will strengthen our leadership and work to save more lives and improve the lung health of Americans.”
A resident of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Dr. Waters has more than 30 years of clinical experience in both internal and emergency medicine, and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, part of CommonSpirit Health®, the largest nonprofit health system in the country. With over 20 years of administrative experience, Dr. Waters is actively engaged in complex medical operations, including regulatory, medical liability and medical staff issues. With extensive media training, Dr. Waters is regularly interviewed by news media, more recently speaking about COVID and vaccination.
Dr. Waters is also passionately involved with issues related to health inequities and is a member of the CommonSpirit® National Diversity and Inclusion Council.
“It is my honor to serve as a volunteer leader with the American Lung Association,” Dr. Waters said. “As our nation continues to address the pandemic, it is my privilege to support and guide the lifesaving mission work of the Lung Association as they lead the nation in ensuring all communities benefit from the COVID vaccines and reduce the burden of health inequities faced in too many communities of color.”
Dr. Waters earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, R.I., medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University Law School in Newark, N.J. Dr. Waters is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Legal Medicine and is also a Fellow through the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) and admitted to the New York Bar. He holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California Riverside, Riverside California.
“With his extensive and wide-reaching experience, I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Waters to our volunteer board of directors,” Wimmer said. “His skills are particularly valuable at this time, as we work toward reducing COVID-related deaths, addressing health disparities and ensuring all communities benefit from the COVID vaccines.”
Including Dr. Waters, below is the American Lung Association National Board of Directors:
Rabih I. Bechara, M.D., F.C.C.P., Atlanta, Georgia
Larry Blumenthal, MBA, Cave Creek, Arizona
Cheryl A. Calhoun, CPA, MBA, Los Angeles, California
Michael V. Carstens, Omaha, Nebraska
Anne E. Dixon, M.D., Shelburne, Vermont
David G. Hill, M.D., Waterbury, Connecticut
Mark C. Johnson, CFA, MBA, San Diego, California
Sumita B. Khatri, M.D., M.S., Cleveland, Ohio
Colleen M. McIntosh, J.D., LL.M., Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Sean R. Muldoon, M.D., MPH, F.C.C.P., Louisville, Kentucky
Joe Ochipinti, Columbia, Maryland
Stephen R. O’Kane, MBA, San Diego, California, chair
Jonathon K. Rosen, Wilton, Connecticut
Penny J. Schilz, Mukwonago, Wisconsin, past chair
Kathleen M. Skambis, J.D., MBA, Orlando, Florida
Johnny A. Smith, Jr., M.A., Birmingham, Alabama
Victor Waters, M.D., J.D., F.C.L.M, Rancho Cucamonga, California
Sterling QL Yee, MBA, Honolulu, Hawaii
Laura Dern, Board Advisor
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, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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