Meet the APRV Network Team

Nader M. Habashi

MD, FACP, FCCP

I am a Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Attending Physician on the Multi-trauma Critical Care Unit and the Clinical Medical Director of the

I am a Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Attending Physician on the Multi-trauma Critical Care Unit and the Clinical Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD. I remain actively involved in clinical and laboratory research [at the SUNY Upstate Cardiopulmonary Lab] with an interest in mechanical ventilation and a particular focus on ARDS and the application of a Time Controlled Adaptive Ventilation strategy using APRV to prevent ARDS.

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
― Albert Einstein

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Gary F. Nieman

BA [Degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology]

I am a Professor and Pulmonary Physiologist in the Department of Surgery at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. I direct the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory

I am a Professor and Pulmonary Physiologist in the Department of Surgery at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. I direct the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory, which uses clinically applicable large animal models to study the pathophysiology and treatment of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and ventilator induced lung injury (VILI). My current research is focused on the viscoelastic nature of alveolar recruitment and collapse and how the mechanical breath component of time at inspiration and expiration can effectively open and stabilize the acutely injured lung. Understanding the dynamic mechanics of alveolar inflation and deflation provides mechanistic understanding to the clinical efficacy of the TCAV method.

“Truth in science is not majority rule. The truth may be that of the sole decenter” – Richard Dawkins

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Penny Andrews

RN, BSN

I have been a critical care nurse for over 25 years starting in the neuro-trauma critical care unit at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore, MD. My current focus is critical care

I have been a critical care nurse for over 25 years starting in the neuro-trauma critical care unit at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore, MD. My current focus is critical care research both clinically and scientifically with a concentration in mechanical ventilation and understanding the pathophysiology of acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome and ventilator induced/associated lung injury. I have had the privilege of working clinically with Dr. Nader M. Habashi and scientifically with Gary F. Nieman at the SUNY Upstate Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence.” – Albert Einstein

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Michaela C. Kollisch-Singule

MD

I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and laboratory investigator at the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse

I am an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and laboratory investigator at the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. My research focus has been on dissecting protective mechanical ventilation strategies and understanding how mechanical ventilation impacts the micromechanics of the lung.

“Leap, and the net will appear.” – John Burroughs

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Maria Madden

MS, RRT-ACCS

I have served over 29 years as a respiratory therapist, supervisor, ECMO Specialist, and educator for the University of Maryland Medical Center/R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

I have served over 29 years as a respiratory therapist, supervisor, ECMO Specialist, and educator for the University of Maryland Medical Center/R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.  I’m currently a critical care research coordinator at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Cardiopulmonary laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and Clinical Specialist at ICON. My interests include critical care, mechanical ventilation strategies, and the management of ARDS.

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”. Soren Kierkegaard

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Joshua Satalin

BS

I am a research scientist and lab manager in the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory at SUNY Upstate. My current research focus is on the mechanical breath profile created with TCAV

I am a research scientist and lab manager in the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory at SUNY Upstate. My current research focus is on the mechanical breath profile created with TCAV. I have been fortunate enough to learn under the tutelage of Dr. Nader Habashi, Penny Andrews, Gary Nieman and Louis Gatto and am actively involved in teaching what I learn to anyone that walks into our lab.

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

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Sarah Blair

MA (Microbiology & Immunology)

I am a researcher in the department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Cardiopulmonary Critical Care Laboratory at Syracuse, NY. For the past 9 years

I am a researcher in the department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Cardiopulmonary Critical Care Laboratory at Syracuse, NY. For the past 9 years, I have studied various components of the immune system including cancer research therapies, host-parasite interactions, and most recently, the molecular mechanisms involved in ARDS. My current research focus has been understanding the RNA profile of the mechanically ventilated lung in a pediatric porcine model.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”- Fred DeVito

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Louis A. Gatto

Ph.D

I am a Professor Emeritus at SUNY Cortland and an adjunct Research Professor at SUNY Upstate. My research focus is airway Physiology and Histology

I am a Professor Emeritus at SUNY Cortland and an adjunct Research Professor at SUNY Upstate. My research focus is airway Physiology and Histology, it developed at Fordham University and it has matured over four decades of work with experimental animal models at SUNY. My contribution is lung assessment at the tissue level as a discerning tool to evaluate modes of mechanical ventilation. I am most inspired by interacting with developing scientists, and my highest goal is to articulate complex concepts at an intuitive level.

“In this age of information, discoveries are not just made in the black void of the unknown, but in the white noise of overwhelming data.” – Andrés Ruzo

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Hassan (Hass) Al-Khalisy

MD

I am currently a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at SUNY Upstate University Hospital. My main clinical and research interests are protective mechanical ventilation strategies

I am currently a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow at SUNY Upstate University Hospital. My main clinical and research interests are protective mechanical ventilation strategies, pulmonary physiology and lung cancer. I am close to completion of my fellowship and plan to pursue an academic attending position.

“If you ain’t first, you’re last” – Reese Bobby

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John B. Downs

M.D., FCCM, FCCP

I am a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. I have been actively involved in teaching and research

I am a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine. I have been actively involved in teaching and research for more than 45 years. Currently, I am involved in the development of an anesthesia ventilator for dolphins, sea lions and large animals. I originally described IMV, APRV and AAV, a new mode of ventilation for anesthesia.

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”
-H. L. Mencken

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