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Faculty & Staff - Cardiopulmonary Sciences

 Department Cardiopulmonary Sciences Faculty & Staff

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Our faculty and staff work together to provide the highest level of allied health education to our students, alumni, community, and health care employers.  Our faculty are outstanding professionals with years of experience and commitment to student learning and research; we are small enough to care and spend quality time with each student (prospective or other wise).  We work closely with all levels of the health care team to provide the latest in medical health care practice.   In addition, the CPS department has a long history of worldwide service and collaboration in meeting the health care needs of medical community. 

 

  • David Lopez, is an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions and Department Chair for: Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Physician Assistant Sciences, and the Life Support Education Center at Loma Linda University. His interests and background include, program and curriculum development, cognitive neuroscience, cardiopulmonary intensive care, perinatal and neonatal respiratory care, and translational research focused on respiratory care practice. His professional career began in 1981 as a graduate of the respiratory care program at Loma Linda University. David joined the cardiopulmonary department in 1985 as an instructor, following approximately two years with the Loma Linda University Overseas Heart Surgery Team in Saudi Arabia. This initial international experience led to many international endeavors expanding the reach of respiratory care to a global community.

    Dr. Lopez research interest is within higher education, neuro-cognitive science, and inflammatory process. Research

    Dr. David Lopez
     

     

  • Alan Alipoon, is Program Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology A.S. Degree and Certificate programs and Instructor in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences. He also teaches courses for respiratory care in diagnostic techniques and cardiopulmonary diseases and physiology courses in the Department of Radiologic Technology at LLU. He graduated from LLU with an Associate in Science degree in respiratory Therapy in 1977. Shortly after graduation he pursued employment at the Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), Department of Respiratory Care. He continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2000 from California State University, San Bernardino. He earned his Registered Respiratory Therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care in 1984 and has been a licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner through the State of California since its inception in 1985. In 2003 Alan collaborated with the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences at LLU and started the Respiratory Care Residency Program at LLUMC with goals of retention and recruitment for the department and the opportunity for candidates in the program to obtain advanced degrees. Alan has served as a member of the Respiratory Therapy Education Program Advisory Boards for four southern California AS degree in Respiratory Care and is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for our Bachelor of Science Degree Program. He serves as a member of the Program Committee for the California Society for Respiratory Care’s annual convention. Research
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  • Abdullah Alismail, is the Program Director for the Certificate in Polysomnography program and the Director of Clinical Education in the Respiratory Care Program- Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University. Mr. Alismail also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in LLU. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care and Master of Science in Health Professions Education from Loma Linda University. He teaches several respiratory care courses for both the undergraduate (B.S) and the graduate (MS) Respiratory Care programs along with the Polysomnography Program. He also participates in research with several departments and programs within LLU; such as the school of Medicine (LLUSM), and the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP). As an educator, his passion and interest is within the neuroscience and education theories and its application, inter-professional education learning models, and sleep medicine theories and its association with learning and memory. He was also part of the Loma Linda state and national champion team of the 2011 Sputum. Mr. Alismail enjoys travelling, photography, and reading about history.  

    Mr. Alismail research interest is within clinical studies, sleep medicine, and neuroeducation. Research 

    Abdullah Alismail

    Assistant Professor

    Program Director- Polysomnography (Sleep Studies) Certificate

    Director of Clinical Education- Respiratory Care Program

    Cardiopulmonary Sciences

    School of Allied Health Professions

    Loma Linda University

    aalismail@llu.edu

    (909)558-4932 ext 47119

  • Matthew Caffey is a physician assistant (PA-C), critical care paramedic (CCEMTP), and educator for both LLU's School of Allied Health Professionals and CQUniversity in Australia.  His area of practice is emergency medicine with LLUMC with a focus on education for both prehospital providers and PAs.  His main areas of research and interest include applied pharmacology education, novel approaches to resuscitation, extended care paramedic models, and the use of ultrasound in the prehospital setting. Research
    Matthew Caffey

    Assistant Professor

    Cardiopulmonary Sciences

    School of Allied Health Professions

    Loma Linda University

    mcaffey@llu.edu

    (909)558-4932 ext 88673

  • Brendan R. Gongol, is the director of the Emergency Medical Care Program, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Care he developed an interest in understanding life sustaining biochemical reactions and the aberrancy among them that educe a disease phenotype.  Consequently, he earned his master’s degree and Ph.D at University of California, Riverside in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where he elucidated several novel regulatory mechanisms linking hemodynamics to vascular function and atherosclerosis.  Didactically, he integrates these research components into his teaching to provide students with the most current theories regarding cardiopulmonary sciences and emergency management.  He has not only taught biochemistry at the undergraduate level while working as a respiratory therapist, but taught respiratory therapists both in the clinical and didactic settings.  He received several academic and teaching awards including a Walton B Sinclair Academic award, a Mary T Wedding travel award for presenting at international conferences, a Biochemistry Departmental Teaching Award, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Upon Graduation, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship, finding a novel signaling pathway implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.  His current research efforts utilize a multi-disciplinary systems biological approach including bioengineering, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and programming to reconstruct signaling pathways innate to cardiopulmonary and cognitive diseases. Research
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    Assistant Professor

    Program Director- EMC

    Cardiopulmonary Sciences

    School of Allied Health Professions

    Loma Linda University

    bgongol@llu.edu

    (909)558-4932 ext 47335

  • Traci Marin, is Director of the Graduate Program (MSRC) in Cardiopulmonary Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University. She also holds an Assistant Research Professorship in School of Medicine at LLU as well as Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Medicine at University of California, San Diego. She earned her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biological from University of California, Riverside and her MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at LLU. She has diverse background that includes education, clinical practice, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, proteomics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Her experience with current open-source interactome programs, programming, and network modeling is complimented by her ability to explore predicted networks at the biochemical and molecular level both in vitro and in vivo. She began her medical career at the clinical bedside and now performs research with a translational focus—translating biomedical science to the health care arena. As an educator in the health sciences, she employs project-based learning in the classroom to expose students to the world of large data bases as an applicable tool for the development new diagnostic modalities and therapeutics. Research
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    Program Director- Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC)

    Assistant Professor

    Cardiopulmonary Sciences

    School of Allied Health Professions

    Loma Linda University

    tmarin@llu.edu

    (909)558-4932 ext 47335

  • Dr. Nelson started his career in healthcare as an orderly at the age of 15. At night, he trained as an EMT and a NA-c and during summers he assisted in navigation and patient transport where his mom worked as a medical aviation pilot.  At just 16, he entered Loma Linda University to study respiratory care.  As a student, he received the Award for Clinical Excellence and was the first LLU respiratory care student to publish in a peer reviewed journal and also the 1st LLU respiratory student missionary.  Dr. Nelson’s decades of clinical work includes neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care working in California and as a clinical supervisor with the Loma Linda University overseas heart team.  Dr. Nelson has a passion for helping the underserved and was the pioneer of the 1st USA accredited international university program in respiratory care and has provided lectures in more than 20 countries.  As an interdivision union director, Dr. Nelson coordinated work in five nations of Central Asia, establishing 85 projects for community service.  He has served as a professor, department chair, associate dean, & vice president for medical affairs.  Dr. Nelson is the recipient of the SAHP Distinguished Service Award and SAHP Alumnus of the Year.  He has served as an LLU faculty member for 30 years and is currently BS Respiratory Care Program Director.  Research

    Together with his wife Anna (SPH MPH & DrPH Health Education program director) they keep up a passion for adventure and service with their four boys.   

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    Program Director, BS Respiratory Care (entry-level), Cardiopulmonary Sciences

    LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY | School of Allied Health Professions

    e-mail:  DrNelson@LLU.edu  

     (909)558-4932 ext 47215