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Department Chair

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.

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Alan Alipoon, MS, RRT, RCP

Program Director

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

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Abdullah Alismail, M.S, RRT-NPS, RRT-SDS , FCCP

Assistant Professor

Abdullah Alismail, is the Program Director for the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Program, Certificate in Polysomnography, 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 also earned his Master of Art degree from Claremont Graduate University. His work in the pulmonary and Chest medicine has been recognized as he is now a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP). Professor Alismail is a reviewer in many scholarly journals such as: PLoS One, Annals of Internal Medicine, CHEST, Respiratory Care, and others. As an educator, his passion and interest is within health professions education, clinical studies, and innovation. He was also part of the California state and national champion team of the 2011 Sputum Bowl competition in Respiratory Care at the AARC. Professor Alismail enjoys traveling, sports and reading about history of civilizations, cultures, and comparitive religions.

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Richard Nelson, MD MSRC RRT-NPS RCP

Program Director

Dr. Nelson started his career in health care 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. 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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