New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) of Rutgers University is the state's oldest academic medical institution. A dedicated Pulmonary service at NJMS began in 1974. Dr. Lee Reichman, formerly Assistant Commissioner of Health for New York City, was appointed the first director, and served from 1974-1992. In 1993, Dr. Reichman established the National Tuberculosis Center which was later renamed the Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI), and is part of the Rutgers-Newark campus. Dr. Reichman continues as Executive Director of the GTBI, which remains an important resource for research, clinical practice and teaching for the pulmonary training program.
Dr. Matthew Marin was recruited in 1994 by the former Chair of Medicine, Dr Waldemar (Buzz) Johanson, also a pulmonary/critical care specialist. Dr. Marin served from 1994 through 2006, and has recently returned as a voluntary faculty member, and regularly attends our division’s conferences. Dr Kevin Fennelly, a member of the Emerging Pathogens faculty, became interim division director in 2006 and held this position until 2010. In 2011, Dr. Andrew Berman was recruited to the faculty of NJMS as Division Director, and in 2012, Dr. Berman was also appointed director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and created the combined Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Allergic and Immunologic Diseases.