Volunteer With Us

The CHEST Foundation engages CHEST members and local communities in various community outreach efforts that are making an impact on global lung health. From providing screenings at Lung Health Experience events to participating in local grassroots efforts like 5K runs and walks, we offer chest medicine professionals a way to give back and contribute as champions for lung health.

CHEST Foundation Work Groups

If you are passionate about championing lung health, then volunteering for a CHEST Foundation Work Group might be right for you. CHEST Foundation Work Groups include volunteer CHEST members as well as donors, Board of Trustee members, and, oftentimes, CHEST Past Presidents. Volunteering is a great way to connect, contribute, and make a difference.

  • Awards Committee

    The foundation has provided almost $10 million in clinical research and community service grants to recognize outstanding projects in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Deciding how to allocate funds, reviewing project proposals, and creating grant criteria takes a dedicated team of professionals. Our Awards Committee ensures we offer support to a wide variety of specialties, and we are awarding projects with the highest potential to have an impact on championing lung health.

    Roles and Responsibilities of Committee:

    • Establish goals for the clinical research and community service grants program
    • Establish criteria for grants
    • Establish funding priorities
    • Review grant application template and update as necessary
    • Review promotion of grant opportunities and update as necessary
    • Suggest grant funded programming that helps engage volunteer lung health champions
    • Suggest subject matter experts to serve on review panels to review and score grant applications
    • Determine survey questions for former grant recipients
    • Review survey responses; decide which recipients/projects to highlight in foundation publications and online
    • Recruit non-trustees to serve on the committee
    • Participate in at least 1 conference call per year

    Co-Chair: Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP
    Co-Chair: Robert DeMarco, MD, FCCP

    David Gutterman, MD, FCCP
    Nicola Hanania, MBBS, MS, FCCP
    Candace Huebert, MD, FCCP
    Jay Peters, MD, FCCP
    Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP

    For more information, contact Emily Petraglia.

  • Community Programs Work Group

    The Community Programs Work Group will identify and create local programs aligned with CHEST Foundation strategic goals; cultivate and assist in the recruitment efforts of local lung health champions to execute community-based programs; and establish the CHEST Foundation as a national leader in the respiratory health community programming space.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Create procedures to identify and develop sustainable, replicable community-based programming across the United States
    • Collaborate as subject matter experts to select high-priority regions within the United States to deploy pilot community-based programs
    • Partner with CHEST Foundation staff to prospect and identify partners and funders for community-based programs on the national, regional, and local level
    • Cultivate and assist in the recruitment of local lung health champions (individuals, partner organizations, and businesses) to execute programming
    • Volunteer to help lead lung health community service events throughout the year (e.g., Lung Health Experience and/or new programs)
    • Serve as ambassadors on behalf of the CHEST Foundation by becoming a more educated, public figure within their own community

    Work Group Members

    Chair: Ian Nathanson, MD, FCCP

    Robert De Marco, MD, FCCP
    De De Gardner, RRT, DrPh, FCCP
    Michael Nelson, MD, FCCP

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Sletto.

  • CHEST Foundation Funding Strategy Work Group

    As stewards of CHEST Foundation resources, an essential goal established by the Board of Trustees entails strengthening the financial sustainability of the CHEST Foundation. The Funding Strategy Work Group works to strengthen the fostering and growth of funding strategies to support the foundation, cultivating donor prospects and enabling stewardship, and creating and adopting funding strategies to meet the needs of foundation priorities.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Creation and adoption of funding strategies to meet the needs of these Foundation priorities, such as: COPD, Shortness of Breath, Women and Pulmonary – Patient/Caregiver/Consumer perspective, Asthma, and ILD.
    • Responsible for effective cultivation and stewardship of major funding prospects as defined by the chair of the Funding Strategy Work Group.
    • Serve as ambassadors on behalf of the CHEST Foundation by becoming a more educated, public figure.

    Work Group Members

    Chair: Patti Tuomey, EdD
    Co-Chair: Burton Lesnick, MD, FCCP

    Kim French, MHSA, CAPPM, FCCP
    Roozehra Khan, DO, FCCP
    Jairo Melo, MD, FCCP
    Michael Nelson, MD, FCCP
    Salim Surani, MD, MSc, FCCP

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Sletto.

  • CHEST Foundation Patient Education Work Group

    The Patient Education Work Group partners with other patient-centered organizations to identify and execute patient education materials and seeks to distribute education through multichannel programs and disease awareness campaigns that establish leadership and excellence in the area of patient education.

    Roles and Responsibilities of Work Group:

    • Establish a clear, focused, and current strategy for patient education content development and dissemination.
    • Identify CHEST members and other subject matter experts (SMEs) to potentially review new and updated materials.
    • Collaborate with CHEST staff to work with CHEST NetWorks, trainees, and key committees to ensure patient education priorities are interwoven into other priorities, programs, and projects.
    • Serve as ambassadors on behalf of the CHEST Foundation by becoming a more educated, public figure within their own community.

    Work Group Members

    Chair: David Steiger, MBChB, FCCP
    Co-Chair: Donald Mahler, MD, FCCP

    Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP
    Mark Fenton, MD, MSc, FCCP
    Sai Haranath, MBBS, MPH, FCCP
    Jay Peters, MD, FCCP
    Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MA, FCCP
    Victor Test, MD, FCCP

    For more information, please contact Suzanne Sletto.

Sign up to volunteer

It’s easy! Simply fill out this form to get started—tell us if you’re interested in a specific Foundation Work Group.



CHEST NetWork patient education liaisons

We partner with CHEST’s incredible NetWorks to create trusted patient-education resources and disease-awareness campaigns that empower patients to engage in better managing their health. We could not do this without the dedication of the CHEST NetWork Patient Education Liaisons.

Muhammad Adrish, MD, FCCP
Clinical Research

Amy Ahasic, MD, MPH, FCCP
Occupational and Environmental Health

David Bowton, MD, FCCP
Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery

Michelle Cao, DO, FCCP
Home-Based Mechanical Ventilation
and Neuromuscular Disease

Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP
Critical Care

Mary Cataletto, MD, FCCP
Pediatric Chest Medicine

Daniel Dilling, MD, FCCP
Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease

Jean Elwing, MD, FCCP
Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Stuart Garay, MD, FCCP
Airway Disorders

James Geiling, MD, MPH, FCCP
Disaster Response

Matthew Hegewald, MD, FCCP
Pulmonary Physiology, Function and Rehabilitation

Laura Johnson, MD, FCCP
Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Carl Kaplan, MD, FCCP
Respiratory Care

Cassie Kennedy, MD, FCCP
Transplant

Kamran Mahmood, MBBS, FCCP
Interventional Chest/Diagnostic Procedures

Margaret Pisani, MD, MS, FCCP
Women’s Health

Kristina Ramirez, RRT, MPH
Interprofessional Team

Marcos Restrepo, MD, PhD, FCCP
Chest Infections

Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP
Thoracic Oncology

Bernardo Selim, MD, FCCP
Sleep Medicine

Salim Surani, MD, MSc, FCCP
Practice Operations

Saiprakesh Venkateshiah, MD, FCCP
Clinical Pulmonary Medicine