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NYM Chief of Pulmonary Installed as President of the American College of Chest Physicians

Nov 22, 2011

Suhail Raoof, MD

Suhail Raoof, M.D. (right), chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine and vice-chairman of internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, is inaugurated as the president of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

Suhail Raoof, M.D., chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine and vice-chairman of internal medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, was recently installed as the president of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

The 18,000-member ACCP, founded in 1935, is one of the premiere academic organizations in the forefront of cardiopulmonary medicine. In the early years, the main focus of the College was to treat and prevent tuberculosis, but it eventually broadened its scope to include the treatment and prevention of all diseases of the chest. The ACCP was one of the first medical organizations to recognize the dangers of cigarette smoking.

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected as president of the ACCP," said Dr. Raoof. "I am grateful to New York Methodist Hospital for providing the environment to fulfill my academic dreams and aspirations."

Dr. Raoof obtained his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India. He completed his medical residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the SUNY/Stony Brook. Dr. Raoof's academic interests include mechanical ventilation and chest radiology for pulmonologists. At NYM, Dr. Raoof is a team member of NYM's Comprehensive Lung Cancer Center, and also offers treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension, among other lung diseases. He is also the recipient of many honors, including being named as Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP).

Dr. Raoof has previously served the ACCP in many capacities, including as chair of the U.S. and Canadian Council of Governors, chair of the Membership Committee, member-at-large of the Board of Regents, chair of the CHEST 2008 Annual Scientific Program Committee, chair of the Council of Committees, chair of the Global Education Track for CHEST 2010, ACCP representative to the American College of Radiology, and ACCP representative to the European Respiratory Society's multisociety effort to develop noninvasive ventilation guidelines.

"As president of the ACCP, I will endeavor to keep our members informed of new and emerging health-care needs, so they can incorporate the best medical practices in their day-to-day patient care," said Dr. Raoof. He also plans to promote leadership development and mentorship within the college and increase awareness of pulmonary diseases through social media and new world-wide partnerships.

"Dr. Raoof's election and installment as president of the ACCP is an extraordinary achievement," said Harvey Dosik, M.D., chairman of internal medicine at NYM. "The Hospital is honored and incredibly proud. But knowing Suhail, we are not surprised that he has reached such great heights."

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