Meet our founders. Each received a life-saving lung transplant at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. All experienced the very real chance of dying on a waiting list, and faced serious post-surgery obstacles–including the ongoing threat of organ rejection and infection, and the side effects of immunosuppressant medications.
Today, they are committed to raising money for research that will help others avoid these types of hardships. The team is advised by some of the best and brightest experts in the field– all of whom are dedicated to helping us achieve the goal of a better life for patients with advanced lung disease.
“The work we are doing to support patients and researchers, is critical to saving and extending the lives of all lung transplant patients. I am honored to lead the charge in the fight for lung health.”
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Board of Directors
Meet the patients and caregivers who infuse our organization with a never-ending supply of energy, hope and inspiration.
Nilani RAVICHANDRANBOARD CHAIR | FNP-BC; AVP of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services
Kassy KEBEDEFOUNDER + TREASURER | Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis | Transplanted 2012
Scott TAFFETVICE CHAIR | Cystic Fibrosis | Transplanted 2010
Christina RESTIVOTEAM MEMBER | Liesbeth Lung Transplant 2009
Board of Advisors
Meet the dedicated professionals who support our vision and goal with thoughtful advice and heartfelt determination.
“Funding current research is critical to improving outcomes.”
Selim ARCASOYMD, MPH, Medical Director of Lung Transplant Program, CUMC
Joshua SONETTMD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, CUMC
Victor FINKFOUNDER | Pulmonary Fibrosis | Transplanted 2012
August 19, 1945 - November 1, 2018