The Respiratory
Compromise Institute (RCI)

was formally constituted in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2015 and we have obtained our 501(c)(3) tax status as a nonprofit organization.

The Institute was formalized by the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) as a follow-up to a two day multi society conference that focused on a definition of respiratory compromise, approaches to education of the medical community and the general public, and research opportunities that would assist the broad medical community to address respiratory compromise in varied settings, including the hospital, nursing homes, and the home.

The Clinical Advisory Committee is an important component of the Institute and includes representatives appointed by key medical societies. While each society retains total discretion to adopt and support varied activities of the Institute, the scope of society support clearly signals the importance of this issue.

Clinical Advisory Committee Roster

Society Members:

  • Tim Myers, RRT, American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Brent Dunworth, DNP, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Todd Slesinger, MD, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Allen Gustin, MD, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Patricia Finn, MD, American Thoracic Society
  • Adam Buettner, RRT, Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
  • Thomas Fuhrman, MD, CHEST/American College of Chest Physicians
  • Tim Morris, MD, National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care
  • Donna Bond, RN, CCNS, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Michael Levy, MD, National Association of EMS Physicians
  • Carl Haas, MLS, RRT-ACCS, National Board for Respiratory Care
  • Michael Wong, JD, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
  • Peter Gay, MD, Society of Anesthesia & Sleep Medicine
  • Jeff Vender, MD, Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Thomas Frederickson, MD, Society of Hospital Medicine


  • Sid Braman, MD
  • Gerry Criner, MD
  • Barry Make, MD
  • Neil MacIntyre, MD
  • Steve Nathan, MD

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