Stephen C. Mathai, M.D., M.H.S.

Stephen C. Mathai, M.D., M.H.S., is associate professor of medicine, division of pulmonary and critical care, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J., and he received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Dr. Mathai completed his internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins and received his master of health science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Mathai is a member and active participant in several medical societies, including the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians, where he is the vice chairman of its pulmonary vascular disease network. He is also a member of the American Thoracic Society and is board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Dr. Mathai has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on pulmonary topics, and his work has been published in numerous journals, including Chest, the American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and the European Respiratory Journal.

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