Hall of Heroes


Hall of Heroes


Honoring Our Changemakers

Our Hall of Heroes aims to honor nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians who have gone above and beyond their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominated by their peers, this hall serves as an opportunity to recognize and thank these extraordinary individuals for their commitment and dedication to their patients, along with their resiliency during unprecedented times. These are the changemakers—the clinicians who are impacting the world today to create a better tomorrow.

Congratulations to all of our heroes!

Emily Adams, PA-C
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP
Fellowship Program Director
NYU School of Medicine

Bindu Akkanti, MD, FCCP
University of Texas Houston/ McGovern Medical School

Nancy Amoroso, MD

Andrea Braun, MD, FCCP
Baylor College of Medicine

Joseph Casino, MD, FCCP
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital

Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS FACP
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dionora Chinchilla, MD, MBA
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCI Medical Center
Pulmonary Critical Care Division
UC Irvine Medical Center

James Dargin, MD, FCCP
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Cara Faries, RT
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Alice Gallo de Moraes, MD
Mayo Clinic

Orlando Garner, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Chris Grantham, MD
ICU Director
SBH Health System

Anthony Gray, Jr., MD, FCCM, FCCP
Interim Chairman, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Kalpalatha Guntupalli, FCCM, Master FCCP, MACP
Frances K. Friedman and Oscar Friedman, MD ’36
Endowed Professor for Pulmonary Disorders
Ben Taub General Hospital
Program Director, Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Ebtesam Islam, MD, PhD, FCCP
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Mourad Ismail, MD, FCCP
Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine SJUMC
Director, Sleep Disorders Center SJWMC
Program Director, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at SJUMC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rowan University SOM
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYMC
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center

David Janz, MD
LCMC Health

Bibi Aneesah Jaumally, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Raymonde Jean, MD FCCP, FAASM
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Associate Director Critical Care -MSW Division
Sepsis Physician Leader MSW
Director Sleep Clinic MSW
Wellness Champion
Mt. Sinai West

Phillip Kanemo, MD
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

Carl Kaplan, MD, FCCP
University of Missouri – Professor; Rush University – Professor

Ajikumar Kavidasan, MD, MBBS, FRCP
Croydon University Hospital, London

Timothy Leisching, MD
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Lindsay Lief, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Gabriel Lockhart, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
National Jewish Health

Laura Mahoney-O’Brien, PA-C
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Hiren Mehta, MD, FCCP
University of Florida

Suellen Moen, RN CCRC
Advocate Lutheran General

Benjamin Moss, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Mangala Narasimhan, DO, FCCP
Northwell Health

Dharani Narendra, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor,
Medical Director, Respiratory Care
Associate MICU Director, Ben Taub Hospital
Associate Program Director for Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Baylor College of Medicine

Shawn Nishi, MD
Associate Professor & Fellowship Program Director
Director of Bronchoscopy & Advanced Pulmonary Procedures
University of Texas Medical Branch

Alexander Niven, MD, FCCP
Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Anthony Otekeiwebia, MD
Florida State University – Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Erin Palmerino, RN
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Rubal Patel, MD, FCCP
Tift Regional Medical Center

Aniket Rali, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Frederic Resnic, MD, MSc
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Marcos Restrepo, MD, MSc, PhD, FCCP
Professor of Medicine
Director of Medical Intensive Care Unit
South Texas Veterans Health Care System / University of Texas Health San Antonio

Cynthia Rivera, M.D., F.A.C.P.
ABIM Certified, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Herbert C Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Ahmed Salem, MD, MSc, FACP
Baylor College of Medicine

Mary Salvatore, MD, FACR
New York Presbyterian-Columbia

Priya Sampathkumar, MD
Mayo Clinic

Shayan Sartipi, DO, MBA
Swedish Hospital (Fellowship)
Currently Critical Care Physician at AMITA Health (Alexian Brothers)

Nicole Sbircea, MD
Ascension St Vincent

Vishad Sheth, MD
Mount Sinai West

Nilam Soni, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health, San Antonio
Audie Murphy South Texas Veterans Affairs Administration Hospital

Susan Stempek, PA-C, MS, FCCP
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Elizabeth West, MD
New York Presbyterian-Columbia

Heath White, DO
Baylor Scott & White Health

Kristin Wilkins, APRN
Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine APP
OSF Healthcare

Joanne Wozniak, PA-C, MS, FCCP
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Showing compassion with a smile during the most difficult times

Orlando Garner, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Garner is a second-year critical care fellow who has tirelessly taken care of critically ill COVID-19 patients since the beginning of the pandemic. Despite the constant pressures in the ICU, Dr. Garner always has a smile on his face, never loses his calm and collected demeanor, and shows compassion to his patients and coworkers. During this difficult time, Dr. Garner took the time to share his experiences of contracting COVID-19 himself while working in the ICU on his own blog.

Orlando Garner, MD
Dharani Narendra, MD, FCCP

A true hero, role model, and mentor

Dharani Narendra, MD, FCCP
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Dharani is a real-life true hero deserving of this recognition. None have risen to the COVID-19 challenge more gracefully than Dr. Narendra. She is a mother of two young boys, a wife of another frontline hero, and the associate program director of a critical care fellowship. She worked tirelessly in caring for extremely sick patients in the ICU, often weeks without a day off. She ensured that the fellows on the front lines were cared for by not just being a mentor, but also being an advocate. As an ICU physician, she knew the risk to her own safety and that of her loved ones by being on the front lines of COVID-19, but she continued to lead from the front.

Unique leader providing unwavering support to the entire team

Joanne Wozniak, PA-C, MS, FCCP
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Joanne’s impact during the COVID-19 surge was incredible. Her role as a leader was unique. She stood out as she held twice-weekly meetings for her large APP staff as they navigated anxiety about training others, PPE, volume of work, schedules, and other items. She also was an integral member of a team that created a novel communication liaison program. She provided unwavering support to the Division Chair, creating and publishing physician surge schedules and backup plans. Joanne’s integral role in our COVID surge was exceptional in every way.

Joanne Wozniak, PA-C, MS, FCCP

Phillip Kanemo, MD

Brave and selfless, going above and beyond the call of duty

Phillip Kanemo, MD
Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Kanemo was brave and selfless. He went above and beyond the call of duty and ensured the safety and high quality of care of all patients he encountered. Dr. Kanemo responded to numerous COVID-related rapid responses on a daily basis and undoubtedly, in tandem with an amazing team, saved many lives. He is a true hero and a shining example of the medical profession.

Combining grace, professionalism, and expertise

Cara Faries
Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

Cara is an exceptional respiratory therapist. Her understanding of ventilator mechanics, and her ability to predict risks for patients and prioritize challenges was life-saving. The volume of ventilated patients during this time far exceeded the normal number of patients any RT would normally oversee, and Cara handled this with grace, professionalism, and expertise. Her expertise was continually beneficial to patients as she also taught her colleagues, nurses, and residents what to look for in troubleshooting.

Gabriel Lockhart, MD

Volunteering his time to help patients in need

Gabriel Lockhart, MD
National Jewish Health

Early in the days of the pandemic, Dr. Lockhart volunteered to go serve in New York City. He is a personal hero to many and everyone that works with him is fortunate to have him as a colleague.

Acting as a calming presence for patients and their loved ones in the face of uncertainty.

Nicole Sbircea, MD
Ascension St. Vincent

During the month of April, Dr Sbircea took phenomenal care of the ICU patients along with calling their family members daily. On many occasions, she volunteered to Zoom with families during terminal weans so they could see their loved ones one last time. She was a calming presence in the face of uncertainty and was a blessing to the lives of those patients/families she treated.

Nicole Sbircea, MD

Combining scientific knowledge and a spirit of inquiry to better care for patients.

Alice De Moraes, MD
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Gallo De Moraes is a pulmonary and critical care consultant at the Mayo Clinic, on the front line of COVID-19 patient care. She has a unique combination of scientific knowledge, clinical skill, continuous spirit of inquiry, acceptance of standards with focused challenge of dogma, and especially the maintenance of intense passion and compassion in the care of our sickest patients. She is the physician every one of us would want.

Priya Sampathkumar, MD

Working tirelessly to ensure optimal safety for patients and staff across her institution.

Priya Sampathkumar, MD
Mayo Clinic

Dr Sampathkumar tirelessly orchestrated our institution-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been instrumental in ensuring all aspects of infection control to include PPE acquisition and distribution, isolation criteria and categories, COVID screening, etc. Her efforts have allowed Mayo Clinic to safely and effectively manage our response while ensuring optimal safety for staff and patients.

Shayan Sartipi, DO, MBA

Serving as an extraordinary role model for fellows and overcoming hurdles.

Shayan Sartipi, DO, MBA
Swedish Hospital (Fellowship)
Critical Care Physician at AMITA Health (Alexian Brothers)

Dr Sartipi unconditionally took care of patients with COVID SARS with ARDS. He was a great role model for all the fellows and residents and tirelessly took care of patients despite the lack of resources and staff. He is an amazing person and an incredible physician who is a perfect role model for many physicians.

Make a Donation in Honor of Your Hero

The CHEST Foundation works to provide clinicians with the resources they need, including patient education materials and equipment. Donating to the foundation honors your hero by helping to ensure that anyone affected by lung disease has access to care and treatment they need.