Dr. Kaveh Bagheri, FACP, FCCP, is a board-certified internist, pulmonologist and intensivist. He is the director of the ICU and pulmonary departments at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Dr. Bagheri has been in clinical practice for 25 years.
Sharon Murnane, RN, HNB-BC, HTP
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion
Sharon Murnane has been a nurse for more than 40 years and a Healing Touch practitioner for more than 20 years. Sharon brings a wealth of experience with additional certifications in lifestyle coaching, integrative guided imagery, Mandala Process facilitation and drum circle facilitation. Currently, Sharon holds a clinical nurse position at the Cushman Wellness Center at the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion where she manages the Integrative Medicine Service Programs, facilitates the Heart Attack and Stroke Screening Program and provides Healing Touch and guided imagery to patients and employees.
Dr. Ruben Restrepo
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dr. Ruben Restrepo earned his medical degree from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Teaching respiratory care at a global and interprofessional level has been his motto from the time he started teaching. By accepting invitations to speak at both medical and respiratory conferences around the globe, he has been able to serve the professions of medicine and respiratory care while proudly representing UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Ahmed Salem
Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Dr. Ahmed Salem is critical care doctor at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He received is doctor of osteopathy from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is ABIM board-certified in critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine.
Frances M. Schlaefer, MN, RN
Sharp Memorial Hospital
Frances Schlaefer is the vice president of ambulatory and clinical services at Sharp Memorial Hospital. In her current role, she is responsible for implementing new services, building management teams, utilizing LEAN methodologies and achieving system improvement. She has administrative responsibility for pharmacy, imaging, surgery services, laboratory and for Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion. Frances received her bachelor's in nursing from Washington State University and her master's in pediatric nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Karan Singh, MBA
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital
Dr. Karan Singh is a resuscitationist and emergency medicine physician at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital where he also serves as the associate medical director for the Emergency Department. He is currently a faculty member at Loma Linda School of Medicine and at University of California Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Singh works clinically at Loma Linda and Riverside University Health System Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles and trained in emergency medicine at Loma Linda University. He has a passion for teaching emergency medicine across multiple disciplines in the hospital both in the United States and internationally.
Shawn Smith, BSRT, RRT-ACCS, NPS
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Shawn Smith has been a respiratory therapist since 2008. He received his bachelor's in respiratory therapy, magna cum laude, in 2008 from California College of San Diego. He specializes in leadership, education and mentoring. Shawn has also worked as a clinical instructor for California College since 2015. His skills include training respiratory staff in advanced modes of ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy and tracheostomy tube replacement procedures.
Neonatal Session Speakers
Dr. Preeti Bansal
Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Dr. Preeti Bansal is director of the Division of Ophthalmology at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. She earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed her residency at the same institution, where she was awarded the Tschafter Resident Teaching Award and served as chief resident. Dr. Bansal completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Duke University.
Dr. Arij Faksh
San Diego Perinatal Center
Dr. Arij Faksh is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the San Diego Perinatal Center, the Maternal-Fetal Division of Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego. Dr. Faksh earned her medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her obstetrics-gynecology residency at Maine Medical Center and completed her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. David Kaegi
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
Dr. David Kaegi is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. He specializes in all aspects of newborn medicine, with particular interest in neonatal ventilation, pulmonary hypertension and infection control.
Dr. Mandhir Suri
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns and Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Dr. Mandhir Suri is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology. Dr. Suri is an attending neonatologist at both Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns and at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. Additionally, he is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego. He has presented his research at several national and international conferences. Dr. Suri specializes in all aspects of newborn medicine, with particular interest in noninvasive ventilation and functional echocardiography.