CHEST Remembers

CHEST Remembers

Honoring the lives of clinicians lost due to COVID-19

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our members, colleagues, and friends working in health care who have died too soon from COVID-19. CHEST Remembers is a place to share our memories and to celebrate their dedication to their work, family, and friends.

You are invited to place an online memorial for inclusion on the CHEST website if you would like to have someone remembered.


Stephan Kamholz, MD

Chairman of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

“A giant in our field and a terrible loss to the pulmonary/cc community. An exceptional teacher and administrator. He will be deeply missed by all his colleagues.”

Remembrance submitted by Michael Lippmann, MD, FCCP

James Mahoney, MD

Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate/Kings County, Brooklyn, NY

“James ‘Charlie’ Mahoney selflessly provided outstanding care to countless patients in the ICU and wards in an underserved area of NYC for more than three decades. He mentored generations of students and house staff and was a pillar of the community.”

Remembrance submitted by Stephen Kuperberg, MD

Joseph Costa, MD

Chief, Division of Critical Care, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

“Joe was a friend and colleague who selflessly and tirelessly served the Mercy Medical Center community in multiple roles during the course of his career. With great risk to himself due to his own health history, he chose to continue to serve in direct patient care in the ICU at Mercy, caring for COVID patients and ultimately paying for that decision with his own life as a COVID victim. He is a hero and is greatly missed.”

Remembrance submitted by Karen Korzick, MD, MA, FCCP

Jeff Caliva, BS, RRT

Respiratory Therapist, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA

“Jeff Caliva, BS, RRT, was a respiratory therapist at Loma Linda University Medical Center for 26 years, caring for his patients while educating respiratory care students, medical residents, nurses, and others.”

Remembrance submitted by Charles Spearman, MS

Ramalingam Balamohan, MD

Ramalingam Balamohan, MD

Cardiologist, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, Bluffton, IN

“Dr. Balamohan worked at Bluffton for 40+ years, and when COVID caused lockdown, he continued providing care to his patients despite being 70+ years old. His reasoning was, ‘I have to be there for my patients and work so that my office staff continues to get paid.’ Excellent physician and a wonderful human being.”

Remembrance submitted by Ranbir Singh, MD

Vukmir Vlasic, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine, Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's Hospital, Lafayette, LA

“Vukmir was a gentle giant. His generosity, kindness, and sense of humor left an indelible mark on everyone. He was a wonderful fellow, colleague, friend, and physician, and a true family man.”

Remembrance submitted by Hemant Sawnani, MD

Carlos Ernesto Araujo-Preza, MD

Pulmonologist & Critical Care Specialist, The Woodlands Lung Center, The Woodlands, TX

“Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza was a pulmonologist and critical care specialist who graduated from Tulane University. He was board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine by ABIM. He worked with the Latin American community and lived in The Woodlands, Texas. He was member of the Harris Medical Society, and he will be remembered by his acts of compassion and dedication to the field of chest medicine. His kindness and optimism will be missed by his patients, colleagues, and family.”

Remembrance submitted by Eduardo Chang, MD, MBA, FCCP

Carlos Ernesto Araujo-Preza, MD

Burton Rose, MD

Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

“Burton David ‘Bud’ Rose was a brilliant nephrologist, a great teacher and mentor, and had a huge impact on medicine through his invention of UpToDate.”

Remembrance submitted by Jess Mandel, MD

Mario Bonacorsi, MD

Hospital Alemán, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“He was our first intensivist with severe COVID. In honor of your work in the Intensive Care Unit.”

Remembrance submitted by Ernesto

Pablo Luna, MD

Hospital Alemán, Buenos Aires, Argentina

“One of the best gastroenterologists in Argentina. A very kind person. For one of the best doctors I ever met.”

Remembrance submitted by Ernesto

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