Our Team

Dr. Samuel S. Kim

Dr. Samuel S. Kim graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Kim completed fellowships in minimally invasive esophageal surgery and CT surgery at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, respectively.

Dr. Kim has been certified by the American Board of Surgery since 2009 and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 2013. Dr. Kim has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career and he has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles. Since 2012, Dr. Kim has worked in numerous capacities for the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Melaina WilkinDr. Samuel S. Kim
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Dr. Gabriel Loor

Dr. Gabriel Loor graduated from University of Miami and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Loor completed both a residency in general surgery and the American Heart Association Research Fellowship at University of Chicago. In addition, Dr. Loor completed a residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Loor is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Heart Association, Society for Critical Care Medicine, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society of Endovascular Specialists, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Lillehei Surgical Society, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Loor has a special interest in advanced heart and lung failure and he is currently the surgical director of the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Lung Transplantation Program in Houston, Texas

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Dr. Jonathan C. Daniel

Dr. Jonathan Daniel is a thoracic surgeon specializing in benign and cancerous diseases, including mesothelioma. Dr. Daniel earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and completed a thoracic surgery residency under renowned mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Sugarbaker at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Daniel completed his residency training in general surgery at the Michael DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and he completed a molecular research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In 2010, while working for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he successfully performed the first extrapleural pneumonectomy in the state of Arizona.

Dr. Daniel’s clinical interests include multidisciplinary approaches to thoracic malignancies and nanotechnology applications for the treatment of lung cancer. He is a member of the lung transplantation program, the American Association for Cancer Research, American College of Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians. Additionally, Dr. Daniel is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

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Dr. Anthony P. Furnary

Dr. Anthony P. Furnary is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Jefferson Medical School. He completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. He joined the Starr-Wood Cardiac Group in 1994.

Dr. Furnary has been the principal investigator in over 50 research studies in cardiothoracic surgery and diabetes. Dr. Furnary is also involved in numerous professional societies.

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Kabrina Wilkin Lee

Kabrina joined NCF in 2017 and hails from Tucson, Arizona. She has over 14 years of extensive experience working with respiratory and pulmonary patients from many walks of life. Her training and clinical position as a registered respiratory therapist help her better understand the symptoms mesothelioma patients experience and how to help improve their quality of life. In addition to her RRT license and certification, Kabrina holds a BA degree from North Central University, while also currently completing a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Kabrina has previously worked as a regional sales manager and product specialist where she introduced and trained hospitals and physicians on the use of a novel device for assisting patients plagued with chronic productive coughs, including young children and adults with cystic fibrosis. In addition, Kabrina has served as Territory Manager for a large DME supply company in which she was responsible for unprecedented growth and commended as a top performer. She is well versed with negotiating the complexities of the current state of healthcare relying on her experience as clinical liaison for a large hospital system providing long-term and acute care for patients with a host of medical conditions.

Kabrina’s strength is her ability to explain medical issues with ease and clarity, which is vital for patients seeking help with a difficult diagnosis such as mesothelioma. Her high level of compassion and tenacious attitude are critical to helping patients and families get the help and answers they so desperately need.

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Ginger Wickey Daniel

Ginger joined NCF in 2017 and is based in Portland, Oregon. During her career, she has been actively involved with taking care of some of the most critically ill patients since first graduating with her RRT certification. Her experience has included complex pulmonary management of trauma patients at a Level One center, as well as serving a critical role in the lung/heart transplant and artificial heart/ECMO teams. Additional clinical work has included serving as an auto-transfusionist and also performing sleep apnea evaluations and education. Ginger previously worked as a hospital clinical liaison a for long-term health care facility. Ginger holds BS from the Pima Medical Institute. She has most recently worked as a Respiratory Case manager for a large multi-state hospital system, developing protocols and treatment plans for countless patients with pulmonary disease. As such she is well versed in working alongside physicians and hospital staff from many disciplines. Ginger has cared for mesothelioma patients at multiple different stages of progression and understands the challenges they face and the obstacles that need to be overcome.

It’s fairly common that patients will ask to repeatedly work with Ginger because of her thoughtful approach and special insight. She brings a sympathetic and kind method to working with mesothelioma victims while focusing on maximizing available therapeutic opportunities.

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Jeffrey R. Goldstein

Jeff Goldstein earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Florida. He’s currently the CEO of Energy Squared and was previously the president of Contract Resources, Inc. Jeff has served the Lung Transplant Foundation in many capacities— fundraising director, vice president, president-elect, and he is currently president. He’s also a former board member of The Transplant Foundation in Miami.

Jeff is a council member of the American Thoracic Society Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR); a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDRMP); a member of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Heart and Lung Subcommittee and a Donate Life Ambassador. In 2016, he served as a patient representative at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Clinical Trial Design for Diagnostic Genomic Testing in Organ Transplantation: From Bench-to-Bedside; and as a panelist for the FDA-sponsored Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Patients Who Have Received a Transplant.

Jeff was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in July 2003. He lives in Miami with his wife, Martha, and enjoys fishing, traveling and his involvement with the foundation.

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Admiral David A. Score

Admiral Score was commissioned as an officer in the NOAA Commissioned Officers Corps in 1990. He served aboard six NOAA vessels, among them NOAAS FerrellNOAAS Miller Freeman, and NOAAS Nancy Foster. During his sea service Score served from the Caribbean Sea to the Bering Sea. Score is an accomplished diver and dive master, having supervised more than 2,000 dives. Score also served in a variety of management and operational roles at Channel IslandsGray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. He served as the superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.[2]In 1999, Score was the NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers’ Junior Officer of the Year.

Admiral Score served as Deputy Director prior to his appointment as Director, NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations beginning January 2, 2014.[3] Prior to that assignment, he oversaw all NOAA ship fleet operations as the Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations Operations Center. Score has also commanded the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia and NOAAS Gordon Gunter.[4][2]

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