I am Division Chief of the Pediatric Pulmonology Center at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center and Barnabas Health Medical Group. I am an alumnus of Rutgers
(former UMDNJ) New Jersey Medical School and completed my Pediatric Residency
in 1988, and Chief Resident 1989. I completed my Pediatric Pulmonology
fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital in 1993 (now Morgan
Stanley Children’s Hospital).
I have an interested Asthma, Pneumonias, Aerodigestive Disorders, Chronic
lung Disease, chronic respiratory failure in children with neuromuscular
disease and special need children with tracheostomies and ventilators.
I have expertise in pulmonary lung function and Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy.
Our Pulmonary Division has a Cystic Fibrosis Center and Pediatric Sleep Center.
I have a special interest in Pediatric Asthma community medical education
and was awarded a several grants from: the Healthcare Foundation of NJ,
sanofi-aventis, Hugh Evans Legacy, Angel Family Foundation, Hoffman La
Roche and Aetna for the Children’s RESPIRA bilingual Education program
in 2006 for which I was the Founder and Director of the RESPIRA Program
at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The program was designed to teach
Hispanic/Latino families about Asthma providing home visits and empowering
parents in their child’s asthma care. The program provided services
in 6 counties in the State of New Jersey and was successful in decreasing
ED visits and hospitalizations. We collected data and presented our results
in several medical conferences. RESPIRA was recognized throughout the
Hispanic/Latino organizations, faith based organization, schools, hospitals
and healthcare providers in all counties. We also provided education to
the teachers and school nurses about asthma. It was also recognized by
Aetna Voices of Health. As a result of this experience, I have continued
to provide Asthma health education for families. I have been involved
with American Lung Association.
I was Board of Directors for the New Jersey-American Lung Association (ALA),
and National Assembly member of the National American Lung Association.
I was a proud recipient of the 2000 Bernard Gregory Award for Cultural
Diversity given by the National American Lung Association by providing
Inner City Asthma Education to the community using my RESPIRA model. I
was also awarded the Emily Bissell Award 2004 from the American Lung Association
of NJ. In addition, I chaired the Pediatric Section of the New Jersey
Thoracic Society until 2008. I am a Fellow member of the American Thoracic
Society, American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Chest
Physicians. In addition, I have been recognized by Best Doctors in America,
Top Pediatrician award and recently Castle Connelly Top Doctors award.