Council President

University of Virginia Medical Center

Charlottesville, Virginia


Mohammed Al-Ahmari, PhD, RRT, CTTS, FAARC, FCCP

Governor for Saudi Arabia

Vice Dean for Postgraduate Studies & Scientific Research
Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences

Dhahran, Saudia Arabia

Arzu Ari, PhD, MS, MPH

Governor for Turkey

Chair, IERS committee

Istanbul, Turkey

Chia-Chen Chu, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC


President, Taiwan Society for Respiratory Therapy (TSRT)

Technical Director, Respiratory Therapy, China Medical University Hospital

Assist Professors, China Medical University


Norihiro Kaneko, MD

Governor for Japan

Kameda Kyobashi Clinic

Vice President, Japan Respiratory Care Network

Vice President, Kameda Medical Center, Kamogawa

Director Pulmonary Department

Hector G. Leon, MD, FAARC

Governor for Mexico

Presidente del Consejo LatinoAmericano Certificación Profesional en Terapía Respiratoria, Respiratory Therapy Private Clinic

Mexico City, Mexico DF

Andrew West, EdD, RRT, FCSRC

Governor for Canada

Chair, Nominations and Elections
Executive Director, Canadian Society for Respiratory Therapy


Assistants to the Council President

Khalid Dahir Alenezi, BSRC, RRT

Director of Media Communications

Arar, Saudi Arabia

Chad Gibbs, BSRC, RRT

Manager, Surgical & Neurological Services, University of Virginia Health System


Council Members

Sigurd Aarrestad, MD

Governor for Norway

University Hospital of Oslo

Olso, Norway

Hussain J. Al-Khatam, MHS, RRT

Governor for Bahrain

Chief, Respiratory Therapists
Respiratory Therapy Department
Salmaniyia Medical Complex
Government Hospitals

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Abdelrahman A. Alhawamdeh, BS, RN, RT, PSGT

Governor for Jordan

Head of RT Department, Abdali Hospital
Sleep Lab Director, Royal Hospital

Amman, Jordan

Khalsa Alsiyabi, BsRC, RCP

Governor for Oman

Head of Respiratory Care Services Department
Oman's Ministry of Health

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Daniel Arellano, PT

Governor for Chile

The Latin American Certification Board for Respiratory Care

Santiago, Chile

Bin Zhang, RT

Governor for China

Respiratory Therapist
Clinical Application Specialist
Hamilton Medical AG

Hangzhou, China

Chin-Jung Liu, Ph.D., RRT

Governor for Taiwan

Vice chairman, Respiratory Therapists Society of Republic of China (RTSROC)

Chief Respiratory Therapist, RT Department, China Medical University

Taichung, Taiwan


ICRC Liaison for Industry

Senior Director of Marketing
Portfolio Solutions Training, Clinical Affairs, & Intensive Care
Draeger North America

Telford, PA

Brendan Cooper, BSc, MSc, PhD, CBiol, MIBiol

Governor for United Kingdom

University Hospital Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Michael D. Davis, PhD, RRT, FAARC

Governor for Liberia

Co-Founder, Partner Liberia
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine

Indianapolis, IN

Rania A. El-Farrash, PhD, MD

Governor for Egypt

Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology Consultant
Children’s Hospital
Ain Shams University

Cairo, Egypt

Antonio M. Esquinas MD, PhD, FCCP, Internacional Fellow AARC, Fellow NIV

Governor for Spain*

Director NIV Fellowship Program & International Non Invasive Ventilation College of Experts Intensive Care Unit
Hospital Morales Meseguer, Murcia, Spain
Director International School of Non-invasive mechanical Ventilation
President International Association of NIV and Ibero American Association Bioethics in NIV


Jesus M. Espinas, RMT, CRT, RTRP

Governor for Philippines

Board of Examiner for Respiratory Therapists Professional Regulations Commission
Technical Committee Member for Respiratory Therapy Education Commission on Higher Education

Manila, Philippines

Gerardo Nicolas Ferrero, PT

Governor for Argentina

Clinical Consultant, Hospital Maria Ferrer

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Audrey Forson, MB.ChB, FWACP, MSc (Lond.)

Governor for Ghana

Consultant Pulmonologist and Senior Lecturer University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)

Accra, Ghana

Simone Gambazza, PhD, PT

Governor for Italy

IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico

Milano, Italy

Saleem N. Hamilah, BS, RCP

Governor for Yemen

Director, Respiratory Care Services Administration
Ministry of Health

Mazada St. Sana’a, Yemen

Sangit L. Kasaju, MD, FCCP

Governor for Nepal

President, Nepal College of Chest Physicians


Moustapha Khaywa, BSRT, RT

Governor for Lebanon*

Respiratory Therapy Team Leader Clemenceau Medical Center

Beirut, Lebanon

Jose Landeros, PT, CRT

Governor for Chile

Robertodel Rio Children's Hospital

Santiago, Chile


Governor for Singapore

Head, Respiratory Care Service
Woodlands Health


Kook-Hyun Lee, MD, PhD

Governor for South Korea

Professor, Seoul National University College of Medicine

Seoul, Korea

Tan Herng Lee, MSc, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS

Governor for Singapore

Senior Principal Respiratory Therapist
Children’s Intensive Care Unit
Department of Pediatric Subspecialties
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital


Heidi Markussen, RN, Respiratory Specialist

Governor for Norway

Assistant Director, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital

Bergen, Norway

Kuljit Minhas, BSc, RRT

Governor for Canada

President, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

Professional Practice Leader, Respiratory Therapy, Royal Columbian Hospital

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Tetsuo Miyagawa, PhD, RRT, RPT, RCET

Governor for Japan

Associate Professor, Showa University School of Nursing & Rehab

Yokohama, Japan

Moaaz Mohammed, MSc, RRT

Governor for Egypt*

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Respiratory Gate Egypt, Inc.
Director of Respiratory Therapy
Air Force Specialized Hospital

Cairo, Egypt

Ernest Addo Ofosu-Appiah MD, FWACS

Governor for Ghana

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Head, Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care University of Ghana Medical Centre

Accra, Ghana

Gustavo Adolfo Olguin, PT, CRT

Governor for Argentina

Director, The Latin American Board for Professional Certification in Respiratory Therapy

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yorleny Vargas Prado, MS, RRT

Governor for Costa Rica

Respiratory Care Director, Santa Paula University

Curridabath, Costa Rica

Anas Mahmoud Qamare, BSRC, RCP

Governor for Palestine

President, Palestinian Respiratory Care Syndicate
Director, Respiratory Care Department
Hebron Governmental Hospital

Bebron, Palestine

Madhuragauri Shevade, MSRC, RRT-NPS, FIARC

Governor for India

Manager, Training Programs
Chest Research & Training PVt, LTD

Pune, Haharasthtra, India

Muhammad Shoukat, BSRT, RT, RCP

Governor for Pakistan

Head of Respiratory Therapy Department
Shifa International Hospital H-8
Clinical Instructor, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University

Islamabad, Pakistan

Marcela Spraul, RCP, BSRT

Governor for Colombia

Manager Respiratory Care, Shriners Hospitals for Children

St. Louis, MO

Noel S. Tiburcio, PhD, MBA, RTRP, RRT-NPS, FAARC

Governor for Philippines

President/Chief Executive Officer
Philippine Respiratory Care Professionals, Inc.

Adviser, Association of Respiratory Care Professionals, Inc.

Manila, Philippines

Lisa M. Trujillo, DHSc, RRT, FAARC

Governor for United States

Program Director/Clinical Associate Professor

The University of Kansas Health System

Kansas City, KS

Lysbeth Roldan Valencia, RT

Governor for Colombia

Professor Autonoma Americas University

Medellin, Colombia

Dr. Yen-Chen Juan, PhD

Governor for Taiwan

Transcore Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Yuqi Liu, MD

Governor for China
ICRC Liaison for Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Support Course Development in China

Director of Respiratory Therapy and Critical Care
Second Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University

Quanzhou, China

Council Members At-Large

Michael T. Amato, MBA


President, InspiRx

North Carolina, USA

Jim Liu, MD


Aerogen Regional Manager for Greater China

Beijing, China

Bill Kashiwazaki


President, Pacific Commercial Inc

Forest Hills, NY

Liang Xu, MD


Director of Critical Care Department Wuhan Wuchang Hospital

Wuhan, China

Ruben D. Restrepo, MD, RRT, FAARC


Professor, Department Respiratory Care
The University of Texas Health Science Center

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Bruce K. Rubin MEngr, MD, MBA, FRCPC

ICRC Medical Advisor

Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Richmond, VA

Council Emeritae

Graeme A’Court

New Zealand

Hassan S. Alorainy BSrc, RRT, FAARC

Governor for Saudi Arabia
Executive Committee

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Airton Stingelin Crespo, MD, FCCP

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Vijay Desphande, MS, RRT, FAARC

Governor for India

Manipal, India

Patrick J. Dunne MEd, RRT, FAARC

Governor for USA
Executive Committee

Fullerton, CA

Pierre Emery

Versailles, Paris, France

Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC


Irving, TX

Derek L. Glinsman, RRT, FAARC—Active Status

Loveland, CO

Louis M. Sinopoli, EdD, RRT, FAARC

Educational Advisor to Executive Committee

Jerome Sullivan, PhD, RRT, FAARC

President (1991–2020)

Abundio Leon Valedrrabano, MD

Mexico City, Mexico


Toshihiko Koga, MD

Governor for Japan

Tokyo, JAPAN

David Lu


Respiratory Care Association of ROC

Taipei, TAIWAN

Brian N. Oka, RRT-NPS, FAARC

Clinical Sales Specialist, Holden Hospital Supply, Inc.


Louis M. Sinopoli, EdD, RRT, FAARC

Educational Advisor to Executive Committee

Torrance, CA

Abundio Leon Valedrrabano, MD


Mexico City, MEXICO

* Candidate status