Dr. Vera A. De Palo, MBA, FCCP, is the Editor in Chief of CHEST Physician. She is the Chief Medical Officer at Signature Healthcare in Brockton, Massachusetts. Signature Healthcare, in affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital that serves the greater Brockton area and its surrounding communities. Dr. De Palo is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. Her clinical practice experience is in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. De Palo has served the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in numerous leadership roles, including serving on the Board of Regents and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents during her term as the Chair of the Council of Governors and as a Trustee of the CHEST Foundation. Through the years, she has been a member of the Nominating Committee, the Government Relations Committee, the Chairperson of the Credentials and Membership Committees, and served as the College’s Governor for Rhode Island. Dr. De Palo has been a member of the CHEST Foundation’s Pro Bono Committee and Humanitarian Awards Review Committee. She has participated in and had leadership roles with many other national societies and local health-care groups, including the American Thoracic Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Her current interests include quality and safety in health care – specifically in critical care, health care reform, and systems transformation.

Dr. David Schulman, FCCP, is the Deputy Editor of CHEST Physician. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta; he also serves as Associate Division Director for Education for Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Schulman serves CHEST as Vice Chair of the ACCP Council of NetWorks and has served as member of the CHEST Scientific Program Committee for 4 years. His academic interests lie in developing novel educational curricula and in identifying optimal management strategies for patients with mild sleep-disordered breathing.

Dr. Lee E. Morrow, FCCP, is the editor of Critical Care Commentary. He is Professor of Medicine and Professor Pharmacy at Creighton University as well as the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program Director in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined the American College of Chest Physicians in 1999 and previously served as the Governor for Nebraska Chapter ACCP. Dr. Morrow’s research interests focus on nosocomial infections and have previously been recognized by the College with two Alfred Soffer Research Awards, a Young Investigator Award, and an ACCP-ASP Geriatric Grant.

Dr.Nitin Puri, FCCP, is our Section Editor for Pulmonary Perspectives. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. He did his Internal Medicine training at Grady Hospital in Atlanta at Morehouse School of Medicine and his Pulmonary/Critical training was done at Cooper Hospital. He is the Associate Program Director for Critical Care Medicine and was previously Director of the Cardiac Surgery ICU at Inova Fairfax, Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Puri’s special interests include quality improvement, bedside ultrasound, and mechanical circulatory support.  

Dr. Jeremy Weingarten, FCCP, is the editor of Sleep Strategies. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), and Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at NYM in Brooklyn, New York. He is a current member of the Sleep NetWork Steering Committee at ACCP. His clinical and research interests are in sleep medicine, pulmonary physiology, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dr. Hossein Almassi, FCCP, is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He joined the American College of Chest Physicians in 1987 and served as the Governor for Wisconsin for two terms and was a member of the Critical Care Council, Scientific Presentation and Awards Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Chair of the Credentials Committee, and Vice Chair and Chair of the Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery NetWork. His clinical and research interests are in multicenter trials in patients’ outcome, atrial fibrillation, and critical care in cardiac surgery.

Dr. Jennifer D. Cox, FCCP, is an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and clerkship director for the fourth-year medical student Critical Care Selective, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida. Her academic interests include medical student, resident, and fellow education and simulation training. Her clinical interests include mechanical ventilation, critical care, palliative care in the ICU and advanced bronchoscopic techniques in the diagnosis of pulmonary and mediastinal nodules and masses.


Dr. Jacques P. Fontaine, FCCP, is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. He works as a thoracic surgeon in the Departments of Thoracic and GI Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He is the Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment & Research Center. He has also been very active in developing the robotic surgery program at the Moffitt Cancer Center. His interests include robotic surgery, lung cancer screening, mesothelioma, thymoma, and resident education.

Dr. Eric J. Gartman, FCCP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine,Warren Alpert Medical School,Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. He is the site director for the Brown Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is a staff physician at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. He serves several leadership roles locally, including President of the Rhode Island Thoracic Society and Assistant Director of the weekly statewide Brown chest conference. Dr. Gartman's clinical and research interests are in airway diseases, pulmonary physiology, and critical care medicine.

Octavian C. Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FCCP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia; staff physician, Medical Director of the Sleep Medicine Center and Sleep Medicine Section Chief at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), and the site director of the Emory University Sleep Medicine Fellowship. He is the incoming President of Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals (GASP) and the current Chair of the ACCP Clinical Pulmonary Medicine Steering Committee. He is very passionate about medical education in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, and was recently inducted into the Emory University Academy of Medical Educators. His main research interests are in the areas of airway disorders, pulmonary physiology and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Ioachimescu is the editor of the first online textbook of Sleep Medicine, entitled “Contemporary Sleep Medicine.” He is also the VAMC Sleep Medicine Center Medical Director and Sleep Section Chief).

Dr. Jason M. Lazar, FCCP is Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, New York, where he serves as the Director of Noninvasive Cardiology and Director of Cardiovascular Training Program. He joined CHEST in 1990 and has served as Chair of the Cardiovascular NetWork and more recently as New York State Governor. Dr. Lazar’s clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension in multisystem disease and multimodality imaging of cardiovascular disease. His research interests include ventriculoarterial coupling, cardiovascular manifestations of HIV and rheumatologic disorders, and assessment of microvascular and macrovascular function.

Susan Millard, M.D., FCCP, is a pediatric pulmonologist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University and is the Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Diagnostics Laboratory at HDVCH and is in charge of clinical research for the division.  She also is on the Drug Safety Monitoring Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Dr. Millard previously was the Chair of the ACCP Pediatric Chest NetWork and has served on the Marketing Committee. Dr. Millard’s special interest areas are cystic fibrosis clinical research, home mechanical ventilation, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Dr. Michael E. Nelson, FCCP, works in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, where he practices pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. He has been a member of the ACCP since 1989 and has served in many positions, which include the Governor for the state of Kansas, the Practice Management Committee, the CHEST Regulations and Reimbursement Committee, the steering committee of the Private Practice and Practice Operations NetWorks, and the Board of Trustees of the CHEST Foundation. He is the ACCP alternate adviser to the AMA CPT editorial panel. Dr. Nelson’s interests include pulmonary physiology, obstructive lung disease, and practice management.

Dr. Daniel R. Ouellette, FCCP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit, Michigan, and a senior staff physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he chairs the Credentials Committee for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program. Dr. Ouellette has over 20 years of military service and was the consultant to the US Army Surgeon General for Pulmonary Medicine during the last several years of his military career. He is the Chair of the Guideline Oversight Committee for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). Dr. Ouellette has been active in the leadership of CHEST with previous positions, including Chair of the Clinical Pulmonary NetWork, Chair of the Council of Governors, and a member of the Board of Regents. Dr. Ouellette's clinical areas of interest include general pulmonary and critical care medicine and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Francis J. Podbielski, FCCP, is Visiting Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago - College of Medicine and the Medical Director of the lung cancer program at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, Massachusetts.He joined the American College of Chest Physicians in 1997 and has served as the Governor for Massachusetts and was the Vice-Chair and Chair of the US and Canadian Council of Governors, the Chair of the Membership Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee and the Chest Medicine Affairs Committee, a Vice-Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, and a member of the Board of Regents of the College. Dr. Podbielski's interests are thoracic oncology and surgical management of chest infections.

M. Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP, is a Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program, and Director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program at UNC. She currently serves as Co-chair of the CHEST Thoracic Oncology NetWork and has been an editor and writer for the CHEST Lung Cancer Guidelines.

Nirmal S. Sharma, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in Alabama. His clinical expertise is in the field of lung transplantation and advanced lung diseases including extracorporeal life support technologies for acute respiratory failure. His research is focused on the interaction of lung microbiome and innate immunity and its role in causing chronic rejection in lung transplantation. His other clinical interests include management of ARDS, pulmonary embolism, and lung donor management.

Dr. Eleanor M. Summerhill, FCCP, is an Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Summerhill has served on the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) Critical Care and Disaster Medicine NetWork steering committees and is a past Governor for Rhode Island. She has also been very active in developing the simulation-based difficult airway course for CHEST. Dr. Summerhill's research interests include simulation in medical education, disaster preparedness, obstructive lung diseases, and respiratory muscle function.

Dr. Krishna Sundar, FCCP, is Medical   Director of the Sleep-Wake Center and Associate Professor (Clinical) in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is board-certified in sleep medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. Sundar's research interests are centered on understanding the impact of OSA therapy in chronic lung disease and delineating mechanistic pathways of disease from untreated OSA. His work has included herpes reactivation in the ICU, use of ventilator strategies in influenza-ARDS, and understanding role of nonphagocytic NADPH oxidase in acute lung injury.