Faculty Directory

A number of board-certified pulmonary, critical care and sleep specialists serve as faculty in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with academic appointments in the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine.   Several faculty members have additional appointments in Department of Allied Health Professions, Anesthesiology, Basic Sciences, Emergency Medicine, or Psychiatry.  We also have successful collaborations with Division of Regenerative Medicine and Center for Perinatal Biology on translational research projects.

H. Bryant Nguyen, MD, MS
Division Head
John E. Peterson Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine, and Basic Sciences, School of Medicine
Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Medicine
Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: severe sepsis, cardiac arrest, acute kidney injury, ARDS, hemodynamic monitoring, biomarkers discovery, percutaneous tracheostomy, patient-centered care

James D. Anholm, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Research and Academic Interests: pulmonary hypertension, high altitude medicine, exercise physiology

David K. Bland, MD, FACP, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine
Medical Director, Cardiopulmonary Department, Loma Linda University East Campus Hospital
Research and Academic Interests: hyperbaric medicine

Gregory A. B. Cheek, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit, Loma Linda University East Campus and Surgical Hospitals
Chair, Thoracic Tumor Board
Research and Academic Interests: interventional pulmonology, thoracic oncology, critical care medicine

Ara A. Chrissian, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Associate Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Adult Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology, procedural sedation, interstitial lung disease, thoracic oncology, critical care and lung ultrasound, percutaneous tracheostomy, medical education

David M. Chooljian, MD, JD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Chair, Ethics Consultation Service, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Attending Physician, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Research and Academic Interests: medical ethics, advanced lung disease, interventional/advanced diagnostic pulmonology

Nagamani Dandamudi, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Medical Director, Sleep Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Research and Academic Interests: sleep medicine

James Dexter, MD, FACP, FCCP
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: clinical processes and operations management

Vi A. Dinh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Director, Ultrasound in Medical Education, School of Medicine
Director, Ultrasound, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Ultrasound Fellowship Program, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Critical Care, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: critical care and emergency ultrasound, percutaneous tracheostomy

Ramiz Fargo, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Riverside University Medical Center
Medical Director, Sleep Disorders Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: vascular access, pulmonary hypertension, sleep medicine, bronchoscopy

Siavash Farshidpanah, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Riverside University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: sleep medicine, medical education, sepsis, hemodynamic monitoring

Paresh C. Giri, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Associate Division Head, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: pulmonary hypertension, critical care ultrasound, percutaneous tracheostomy, vascular access, exercise physiology, quality improvement

Philip M. Gold, MD, MACP, FCCP
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Vice- Chair of Humanities, Department of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Respiratory Care Department, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: obstructive lung disease, exercise physiology, humanities in medicine, history of medicine

Walter Klein, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Riverside University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: ultrasound, vascular access, percutaneous tracheostomy

Kanwaljeet Maken, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: sleep medicine

Aarti (Nikki) Mittal, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine (pending), School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Riverside University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: ARDS, cardiothoracic critical care

Chandra Patel, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine (pending), School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: advanced bronchoscopy, critical care ultrasound, exercise physiology, global health, humanities in medicine

Philip J. Roos, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Basic Sciences, School of Medicine
Chief, Medical Service, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Roger Seheult, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, School of Allied Health Professions
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program, Loma Linda University
Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy Program, Crafton Hills College
Research and Academic Interests: sleep medicine, mechanical ventilation

Wei Shen, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine (pending), School of Medicine
Attending Physician, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Research and Academic Interests: Interventional pulmonology, lung volume reduction for emphysema, sleep physiology, airway resistance in obese patients, ventilator patient interaction in critical care, airway management, critical care echocardiogram, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, nosocomial pneumonia, inflammatory cytokines

N. Lennard Specht, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions
Medical Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratories, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
Medical Director, Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Respiratory Care Program, School of Allied Health Professions
Research and Academic Interests: obstructive lung disease, exercise physiology, neuromuscular disease

Gary Stier, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
Medical Director, Neuro-Multidisciplinary Critical Care Service, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: medical education, quality improvement

Laren Tan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: asthma, obstructive lung disease, hyperbaric medicine, praying for the critically ill patient

Mark Welch, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Research and Academic Interests: sleep medicine