International Council


Jerome M Sullivan, PhD, RRT, FAARC

Council President, Executive Committee Member

Professor Emeritus, College of Health Science & Human Service, University of Toledo



Hassan S. Alorainy BSrc, RRT, FAARC

Governor for Saudi Arabia

Executive Director, Saudi Thoracic Society

Senior Clinical Respiratory Specialist

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre


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

Governor for Taiwan, ROC

President, Taiwan Society for Respiratory Therapy (TSRT)

Technical Director, Respiratory Therapy, China Medical University Hospital

Associate Professors Rank Technical Expert, China Medical University


Patrick J. Dunne MEd, RRT, FAARC

Governor for United States

President, Healthcare Productions


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

Sam P. Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC


Vice Chair, US COPD Coalition

Publisher, Respiratory Care Journal

Irving, TX

Norihiro Kaneko, MD

Governor for Japan

Kameda Kyobashi Clinic

Vice President, Japan Respiratory Care Network

Vice President, Kameda Medical Center, Kamogawa

Director Pulmonary Department

Assistants to the Council President

Chad Gibbs, BSRC, RRT

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

Charlottesville, VA


Clinical Sales Specialist, Holden Hospital Supply, Inc.

Honolulu, HI

Daniel Rowley, MSc, RRT, NPS, FAARC

ICRC Director of Communication


Council Members

Sigurd Aarrestad, MD

Governor for Norway

University Hospital of Oslo

Olso, Norway

Muhammed Al-Ahmari

Governor for Saudi Arabia

Al-Khobar, Saudia Arabia

Daniel Arellano, PT

Governor for Chile

The Latin American Certification Board for Respiratory Care

Santiago, Chile

Arzu Ari, PhD, MS, MPH

Governor for Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Arvind Bhome, MD

Governor for India

Physician, Seth Ramdas Hospital & Research Center

Pune, India

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

Governor for United Kingdom

University Hospital Birmingham

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Vijay Desphande, MS, RRT, FAARC

Governor for India

Visiting Professor Manipal University

Manipal, India

Adam Buettner, RRT

Governor for Canada

President, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Gerardo Nicolas Ferrero, PT

Governor for Argentina

Clinical Consultant, Hospital Maria Ferrer

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Simone Gambazza, MSc, PT

Governor for Italy

IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico

Milano, Italy

Jose Landeros, PT, CRT

Governor for Chile

Robertodel Rio Children's Hospital

Santiago, Chile

Kook-Hyun Lee, MD, PhD

Governor for South Korea

Professor, Seoul National University College of Medicine

Seoul, Korea

Chin-Jung Liu, MS, RRT

Governor for Taiwan

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

Chief Respiratory Therapist, RT Department, China Medical University

Taichung, Taiwan, ROC

Heidi Markussen, RN, Respiratory Specialist

Governor for Norway

Assistant Director, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital

Bergen, Norway

Andrew West

Governor for Canada

Executive Director, Canadian Sociery for Respiratory Therapy

Tetsuo Miyagawa, PhD, RRT, RPT, RCET

Governor for Japan

Associate Professor, Showa University School of Nursing & Rehab

Yokohama, Japan

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

Marcela Spraul, RCP, BSRT

Governor for Columbia

Manager Respiratory Care, Shriners Hospitals for Children

St. Louis, MO

Noel S. Tiburcio, PhD, RMT, RRT-NPS

Governor for Philippines

Chairman, Emirate Association of Respiratory Care Practitioners

Head of Respiratory Therapy Department, Al Ain Hospital

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Lisa M. Trujillo, DHSc, RRT

Governor for United States

Program Director/Clinical Associate Professor

The University of Kansas Health System

Kansas City, KS

Lysbeth Roldan Valencia, RT

Governor for Columbia

Professor Autonoma Americas University

Medellin, Columbia

Yuan Yuehua, RN, RT

Governor for China

Director, Department of Respiratory Therapy, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital

Hangzhou, China

Sergio Zuffo, PT

Governor for Italy

Physiotherapist, Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer

Firenze, Italy

Council Members At-Large

Michael T. Amato, MBA


President, InspiRx

North Carolina, USA

Bill Kashiwazaki


President, Pacific Commercial Inc

Forest Hills, NY

Jim Liu, MD


Aerogen Regional Manager for Greater China

Beijing, China

Ruben D. Restrepo, MD, RRT, FAARC


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

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Governors Emeritae

Graeme A’Court


Airton Stingelin Crespo, MD, FCCP

Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

Pierre Emery

Versailles, Paris, FRANCE

Derek L Glinsman, RRT, FAARC- Active Status


Loveland, CO

Taisto Hakkinen

Vanajantie, Hameenlinna, FINLAND

Kazunao Watanabe, MD

Governor for Japan

Surgeon-in-Chief & Head, Shonan Kamakura General Hospital & Day Surgery Center

Kanagawa, Japan


Toshihiko Koga, MD

Governor for Japan

Tokyo, JAPAN

David Lu


Respiratory Care Association of ROC

Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

Louis M. Sinopoli, EdD, RRT, FAARC

Educational Advisor to Executive Committee

Abundio Leon Valedrrabano, MD


Mexico City, MEXICO