Dr. Andrea Harangozo graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 1984, and did her residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.She was the first critical care trained fellow in the program.Dr. Harangozo has been Assistant Professor, and now Clinical Assistant Professor, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since completion of her fellowship in 1990.She did molecular biology research in pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary fibrosis. She succeeded Dr. Schiffman in the pulmonary management of the patients referred to PICSNJ from RWJUH ALS Clinic, the only ALSA-Certified ALS Center in the state of New Jersey.
Dr. Harangozo was the medical director of a nationally and internationally renowned air ambulance company.In addition, the company was used as a prototype for the development of NJ ground critical care interfacility transportation.
In 1992, she established her own practice, Lincoln Pulmonary and Critical Care. It merged with Pulmonary and Intensive Care Specialists of NJ in 1995.
Dr. Harangozo serves on the medical executive committee of RWJUH.She has participated in the implementation of clinically relevant information systems in RWJUH. In 2008, she was elected the first female president of the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for over 15 years. She was acknowledged with a 2019 and 2022 Volunteer Faculty Award from Rutgers-RWJMS.
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Tricia Todisco Gilbert, M.D.
Dr. Tricia Todisco Gilbert is commited to helping her patients become their own solutions. She operates with a servant's heart and uses medicine as a platform to develop the whole person: Body-Mind-Spirit. Dr. Gilbert focuses on helping her patients create an environment that enables their bodies to self-heal, and she uses medicine to support that initiative. She collaborates with each individual to suggest lifestyle changes that support their goals for healthy, happy living.
Dr. Gilbert joined PICSNJ in 2003. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (now Rutgers-RWJMS), where she stayed to complete a Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Gilbert's past research interests included exploring outcomes of critically ill obstetric patients and predictors of mortality in critical illness.
She received the "Vision of Hope" award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for her charitable work in Uganda, and continues to support a clinic there through "Sylvia's Children," a non-profit organization.
Dr. Gilbert's areas of sleep interest include sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, narcolepsy and circadian rhythm disorders. She has special interests in exercise physiology and dive medicine and is an avid scuba diver.
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Amina Saqib, M.D.
Dr. Amina Saqib is a graduate of King Edward Medical University and went on to receive a Masters of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin. She did her internship and residency at Staten Island University Hospital with the completion of her pulmonary critical care fellowship through Staten Island University Hospital as well. She went on to receive traning in Interventional Pulmonology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Saqib routinely does bronchoscopies including ebus and navigational bronchoscopic biopsies. She has expertise in Bedside Ultrasonography in Critical Care in addition to the classic knowledge of hemodynamic monitoring in ICU and ARDS. Her clinical interests further include Interstitial Lung Disease, Sarcoidosis, COPD, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
She speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi languages. She loves swimming and badminton and looks forward to having more time with her family working closer to home.
Emeritus Philip Schiffman, M.D.
We thank Dr. Schiffman for his many years of expertise and dedication to his patients, his partners and his practice, both on faculty and privately. We appreciate his dedication to the mentoring of his students, residents and colleagues, leaving his impact on pulmonary and critical care practice in the New Jersey region and beyond. We look forward to his gift with teaching continuing into the future.
David Fischler, M.D.
Dr. David Fischler received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1998. He completed his internship and residency at the NYU School of Medicine and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during his final year of training. He then went on to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he completed his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. While at Mount Sinai, he received the Department of Medicine Fellow Teaching Award and was voted the Gaisman Fellow of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine by the faculty.
Dr. Fischler joined Pulmonary and Intensive Care Specialists of New Jersey in 2004 and the faculty of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a Clinical Instructor in 2005. He is dedicated to clinical leadership and was part of the first medical leadership class offered at RWJ-Barnabas Health Systems. In 2016, Dr. Fischler became the Associate Director of the RWJUH MICU and has been instrumental in its reorganization into a high clinical intensity model. His clinical interests include Sarcoidosis, Septic Shock and Pulmonary Hypertension. He has been integral in the build of our hybrid model of integration of MICU care at RWJUH - New Brunswick including the best of academic and private practice medicine.
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Donna Klitzman, M.D.
Dr. Donna Klitzman has been a physician with Pulmonary and Intensive Care Specialists of New Jersey since 1997. She grew up on Long Island, then attended the Boston University six-year medical program, receiving both her BA and MD degrees. She did an Internal Medicine internship at Boston University Hospital before completing her Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
After fellowship training, Dr. Klitzman became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, teaching and practicing Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She then returned to this area and joined Pulmonary and Intensive Care Specialists of NJ, where she specializes in COPD, Pulmonary Vascular Diseases and Lung Diseases associated with Connective Tissue Diseases. She has an extensive knowledge of interstitial lung diseases.
In her free time, she enjoys golf, travel and the opera.
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Douglas Hutt, M.D.
Dr. Douglas Hutt completed medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1982. He finished his Internal Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1985, and then his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1988.
During his fellowship, and as Assistant Professor of Medicine on the faculty of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he continued basic scientific research in sleep medicine. He was also the Assistant Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit of RWJUH.
Dr. Hutt served as President of the New Jersey Thoracic Society and participated as a member of both the Program and Scientific committees of the organization.
He remains one of the guiding stars in our practice. His areas of expertise include asthma, GERD and vocal cord dysfunction, in addition to all the diverse aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
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Aref Daouk, M.D.
Dr. Aref Daouk completed his medical education at the University of Balamand School of Medicine followed by a Masters degree in Public Health at the American University of Beirut. He completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital followed by completion of his fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care at Staten Island University Hospital as well. He actively participated in several research activities and attended yearly medical conferences where he presented his research projects. In his last year of fellowship training, Dr. Daouk received training in advanced interventional pulmonology procedures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Daouk has expertise in bronchoscopic procedures including navigational bronchoscopies and endobronchial ultrasound-guided biopsies. He joins Dr Saqib in enlarging our interventional pulmonary team to do ebus and other interventional bronchoscopies. His other clinical interests include COPD, Asthma, and Pulmonary Hypertension.
He brings a further international flare for the team bringing Arabic and French language communication skills. Outside the clinical enviroment, Dr. Daouk enjoys playing Tennis, learning Golf, and travelling the world.
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Our Physician Assistants
We are fortunate to have Ms. Maureen Rodia and Ms. Julie Bourne to assist us in the management of our hospitalized patients at RWJUH. They both have many years of experience in general medicine, gastroenterology and cardiology, and have added their expertise to maximize the care that our patients receive while in the hospital.
and the Staff...
We have a wonderful staff that is as dedicated to your care as our physicians.
Sucy Philip, RN, is our office manager, nurse and ALS coordinator. Sucy manages our excellent team, which includes:
Omaira, Jackie, Wendy, Tiffany and Zee are certified medical assistants who will ensure your medical evaluation, PFT testing and equipment acquisition is done in a timely manner.
Shakirah is head of our pre-certification department and is well-versed in obtaining the required preauthorization(s) from your insurance company to suit your medical needs. We thank her for her outstanding leadership in this area!
Laura, Radika, and Rayven are the face of PICSNJ as our front desk team. Elizabeth is our fearless front desk supervisor keeping us up to speed in our interactions with you.
Our billing team consists of Kathy and Nichol, and they are available to assist you with insurance questions and financial concerns.
Our caring staff is highly skilled and they do whatever is necessary to provide you with the best care. Please be sure to thank them with us!