The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal

ISSN: 1874-3064 ― Volume 14, 2020

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Christian Domingo Ribas (Biography
Christian Domingo Ribas

Dr. Christian Domingo is Senior Consultant of Pulmonary Medicine at the Hospital de Sabadell (Corporació Parc Taulí, Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain), Professor of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, past Professor of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology of the International University of Catalonia until 2009. His research and publication interests include Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), oxygen therapy, non-invasive mechanical ventilation, lung infections. He has also published several papers on health economy and health management. More recently, he has been involved in the research on chronic cough.


Faculty of Medicine
Autonomous University of Barcelona

Current Frontiers Section Editor:

(Critical Care)
S.R. Surani (Biography
S.R. Surani

Dr. Salim Surani currently works as the Director of Medical Critical Care services at Christus Spohn Hospitals-Corpus Christi. He serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the program director for Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program at Bay Area Medical Center, Corpus Christi. He has done his fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas. Dr. Surani has done his Master’s in Public Health & Epidemiology from Yale University and Masters in Health Management from University of Texas, Dallas. Dr. Surani also has served as board trustee and secretary of THE CHEST Foundation. He currently serves as co-chair for ACCP practice operations steering committee. Dr. Surani has authored more than 150 articles in the peer review journals and has written several books and book chapters. He is involved in teaching residents for more than two decades.


Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Texas A&M University
Corpus Christi, TX

Section Editor:

(Respiratory Physiology)
Yasumasa Okada (Biography
Yasumasa Okada

Dr. Okada is a respiratory neurophysiologist, pulmonary physician and general internist. Currently, he is a chief senior investigator at Laboratory of Electrophysiology Clinical Research Center and a head at Division of Internal Medicine of National Hospital Organization Murayama Medical Center in Tokyo. He graduated from School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo. He obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medicine from Keio University. His expertise is the study of central respiratory control. He has published more than 70 MEDLINE-indexed scientific papers. His current research is focused on the role of glial cells in respiratory control.


Division of Internal Medicine & Laboratory of Electrophysiology
Murayama Medical Center

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W.M. Alberts (Biography
W.M. Alberts

W. Michael Alberts, MD, MBA is Professor of Oncology and Medicine in the Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University and a fellowship program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Alberts earned an MBA degree from the University of South Florida. Dr. Alberts is a Past-President of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Alberts' research and scholarly interests include the diagnosis and management of lung cancer and the business of medicine.


Department of Thoracic Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL

A. Bahammam (Biography
A. Bahammam

Dr. BaHammam is currently is a tenured Professor of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He completed his residency training at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He established the first Sleep Medicine Fellowship program in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and subsequently chaired a committee, which established the Saudi regulation for accreditation of sleep medicine specialists and sleep technologists in 2012. For his contribution to sleep medicine, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) by KSU. He published more than 200 scientific articles, more than 35 chapters, and two books. He is a member of the editorial board of several international medical journals. Further information about his work can be found at


The University Sleep Disorders Center
King Saud University
Saudi Arabia

A. Churg (Biography
A. Churg

Andrew Churg is Professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He obtained his PhD and MD from the University of Chicago, and did a fellowship in lung pathology with Charles Carrington at Stanford University. His laboratory has long focused on the effects of occupational and environmental agents on the lung. In addition he has major interests in the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma and interstitial lung disease.He is the course director for two CME courses sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology: Update in Pulmonary Pathology, and Update in Surgical Pathology.


Department of Pathology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

J.A. Fleetham (Biography
J.A. Fleetham

Dr. John Fleetham graduated from the University of London in 1972. He received his postgraduate training in the UK, Kingston, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in 1978. He has practised respiratory medicine and sleep disorder medicine since coming to Vancouver in 1981. Dr. Fleetham has been a UBC Professor of Medicine for the last 12 years. He has published over 100 articles and 15 book chapters, and the majority of these have been on different aspects of sleep disordered breathing.


Respiratory Division
Vancouver Hospital
Vancouver, BC

H. Hirose (Biography
H. Hirose

Dr Hirose was graduated from Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1990, underwent general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital; then, Cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and Hahnemann University Hospital. He is practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and appointed as Professor of Surgery. He has more than 250 peer review publications and he is serving editorial board in numerous cardiovascular and thoracic surgery related journals. He is member/fellow of STS, AATS, ACCP, and ACCM. His primary interest is mechanical circulatory assist device and ECMO.


Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University

J.M. Madison (Biography
J.M. Madison

Dr. Madison is Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Physiological Systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School, Washington University, and UCSF. During his 26 years at the University of Massachusetts he has devoted his career to NIH-funded basic research, teaching, and clinical care. His main research interest has been calcium signaling in airway smooth muscle and his main clinical interests have included asthma, COPD, and the diagnosis and management of chronic cough. He has over 90 publications, reviews and chapters and he also has served on editorial boards and been a section editor for major textbooks


Department of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA

A. Nicolini (Biography
A. Nicolini

Dr Nicolini received Medical degree from University of Genoa.He is board certified in pulmonary diseases and respiratory pathophysiology and rehabilitation. He is currently Director of Respiratory Diseases Unit ,Hospital of Sestri Levante – Italy , and Professor of Pulmonolgy at Physiotherapy and Physical Medicine , University of Genoa. Dr Nicolini is currently Secretary of Study group of Intensive Care of italian Society of Pulmonology (ISP). He is author of over 100 peer reviewed articles and several book-chapters. He is a reviewer for multiple International journal in the fiels of respiratory diseases.


Department of Internal Medicine
Sestri Levante Hospital

V. Pathak (Biography
V. Pathak

Dr. Pathak did his residency from New York and moved to Chapel Hill for his Pulmonary and Critical Care training. Dr. Pathak attended numerous electives in Interventional Pulmonology (IP) at different institutes in USA while still doing his PCCM fellowship. Eventually he chose VCU medical center for his further IP training. Dr. Pathak has been very actively involved in research and has published several manuscripts in his short career. He has been actively involved in several professional societies including ATS, Chest, ERS, SCCM and AABIP.


Interventional Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine
WakeMed Health & Hospitals
Raleigh, NC

C. Taggart (Biography
C. Taggart

Cliff Taggart: BSc, PhD: Dr. Taggart is the Chair of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology at Queen’s University Belfast. He has more than 20 years of experience in the area of respiratory disease with a focus on the role of proteases and protease inhibitors in acute and chronic lung inflammation. Previously, Dr. Taggart held academic positions in the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He has authored more than 70 manuscripts and is currently Deputy Editor of the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.


Centre for Infection and Immunity School of Medicine
Queens University Belfast

A. S. Wahla (Biography
A. S. Wahla

Ali Saeed Wahla, MBBS, is a Staff Physician in the Respiratory & Critical Care Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He is an Interventional pulmonologist and works as the lung cancer lead for the institute. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Wahla worked as a consultant physician in the Department of Intensive Care at King Abdul Aziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to this, Dr. Wahla worked as a Consultant Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center in Lahore, Pakistan. It was here that he co-established the first Interventional Pulmonary program in the country. During this time, he also served as the Director of the Intensive Care Unit, where he established and ran a respiratory therapy training program.


Respiratory, Allergy and Critical Care Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi

M.R. Bonsignore (Biography
M.R. Bonsignore

Graduated in Medicine in 1979. Specialist in Cardiology (1982), and Respiratory Medicine (1988). ERS Young Investigator Award in 1991. 1990-2002: Researcher, National Council of Research (CNR), Italy. Since 2002, Associate Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Palermo. 2005-2009: Director of the Residency Program in Respiratory Medicine, University of Palermo. 2017: National certification for Full Professor in Respiratory Medicine. Periods abroad: 1983-1986 University of California, San Francisco, USA; 1999 University of Toronto, Canada; 2001: University of Madison, Wisconsin, USA; 2009: University of Barcelona, Spain. Research activities on: hypoxia, sleep apnea and exercise. Author of 107 papers (PubMed).


Department of Respiratory Medicine
University of Palermo

R.L. Castillo (Biography
R.L. Castillo

He obtained MD, at University of Chile (2006) and PhD in Pharmacology (2011) at the same University. He participates as a Regular Member of Society of Chilean Pharmacology as a General Secretary (2011-2012), Editorial Board of Journal of Chilean Pharmacology (Since 2009) and Regional Director Pharmacology, (2015-2016). Regular member as International Society of Heart Research (ISHR, Since 2009). He obtained different Grants in Chile (FONDECYT) and have published about 30 original papers about role of oxidative stress in animals models of intermittent hypobaric hypoxia and some clinical trials with the use of antioxidants. Since 2016 continue fellowship in Internal Medicine, Hospital Salvador, Chile (2016-2019).


Department of Medicine East Division
University of Chile

C. Feldman (Biography
C. Feldman

Charles Feldman is Professor of Pulmonology and Chief Physician, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to his Medical Degree (MB BCh) he holds a PhD and DSc from the University of the Witwatersrand. Both these doctorates were awarded for theses on the topic of community-acquired pneumonia. Professor Feldman is on the editorial board of a number of local and international journals and he belongs to a number of national and international societies. He has more than 250 publications and is a National Research Foundation (SA) A-rated scientist.


Department of Medicine
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa

L. Guasti (Biography
L. Guasti

Luigina Guasti, MD, PhD, FAHA, FESC.

Head, “Unità Complessa Medicina Interna 1”, University Hospital, Varese, Italy. Associate Professor in Internal Medicine, Director of the Research Center on Dyslipidemia, Director/Coordinator of the School of Oncology, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.

Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1983 magna cum laude, University of Pavia, Italy, ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, US Certification, 1985), Specialist in Cardiology (1987), PhD in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology (1994). Awarded “Hypertension Specialist” European Society of Hypertension. She has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience, mainly on atherosclerosis and vascular physiopathology. She has authored more than 130 papers in referred scientific journals.


Department of Clinical Medicine
University of Insubria

S.L. Johnston (Biography
S.L. Johnston

Sebastian Johnston is Professor of Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Honorary Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, London. He is Director of the MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, a Principal Investigator in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London and is the Clinical Academic Training Lead for Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College & Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust.

He is an NIHR Senior Investigator, he holds the only Asthma UK Clinical Professorship and is the only Adult Respiratory Researcher in Europe to hold a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant.


National Heart and Lung Institute
Imperial College London

D. Murphy (Biography
D. Murphy

Dr Desmond Murphy is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Cork University Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medicine in University College Cork. A graduate of the Irish SPR program in Respiratory Medicine, he attended the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle as a fellow in lung transplantation where his research led to the award of a PhD from Newcastle University. He was subsequently a post doctoral fellow at McMaster University, Canada, where his research and clinical interests were focused on Asthma. He is the past recipient of an ERS fellowship. His current research is focused mainly on asthma.


Consultant Respiratory Physician
Cork University Hospital

D. Olivieri (Biography
D. Olivieri

He has been President of the European Respiratory Society (ERS,1993-1994), International Regent of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP, 1994- 2000 and 2010-2012), Member of Board of Directors (1994-95) and Program and Budget Committee (2001-2003) at the American Thoracic Society (ATS). He has also been Chairman of the ERS Annual Congress (Firenze, 1993) and of the World Congress on Lung Health (Firenze, 2000). He is involved in the Editorial Board of several international journals and the author of 550 scientific papers, most of them published in peer-reviewed journals (260 in PubMed) , 35 book chapters and monographs, 39 books as editor/co-editor.


Department of Medicine
University of Parma

A. Spanevello (Biography
A. Spanevello

Prof. Antonio Spanevello is a full professor at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of Insubria University, Italy. He trained at the University of Pavia, and he spent time as a visiting clinical research fellow at Hammersmith Hospital in London in 1994-1995, where he performed important studies on induced sputum analysis in asthma. He is Director of the Department of Respiratory Diseases of the Maugeri Clinical and Scientific Institutes in Italy, and he is the Director of the Respiratory Unit of Tradate (Varese). He is a very active member of the ERS and he is currently Head of the Assembly 5.


Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery
University of Insubria

J.-L. Vincent (Biography
J.-L. Vincent

Professor Vincent is Professor of intensive care medicine at the University of Brussels and intensivist in the Department of Intensive Care at Erasme University Hospital in Brussels. He obtained his PhD degree at the University of Brussels in 1982.He is President of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. He is member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine.Dr. Vincent has signed more than 900 original articles, some 400 book chapters and review articles, 1000 original abstracts, and has edited 102 books.He is the editor-in-chief of Critical Care, Current Opinion in Critical Care, and ICU Management & Practice and member of the editorial boards of about 30 other journals.


Erasme Hospital
Free University of Brussels

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J.T. Varga (Biography
J.T. Varga

He is the Head of Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the National Korányi Institue for Pulmonology, Budapest, Hungary and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Cardiopulmonary Asembly in the Hungarian Respiratory Society. He got a scholarship from 2005 to 2007, He worked with Professor Richard Casaburi at Los Angeles Biomedical Rearch Center, Harbor-UCLA. His main fields are rehabilitation patients with COPD, ILD, perioperative rehabilitation in lung cancer patients with COPD, and conditioning before lung transplantation, exercise physiology and pulmonary hypertension.


Department of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
National Koranyi Institute for TB and Pulmonology

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