Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s pulmonary fellowship faculty members are board-certified specialists in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine with many years of experience treating patients and teaching fellows, residents, and medical students.

Dr. Craig Thurm

Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy
Dr. Craig Thurm received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He then completed his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical System.
Dr. Thurm has served as the Director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, as well as the Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Department, at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for 30 years. He has also directed the pulmonary fellowship program at the hospital since its inception.
Dr. Thurm is board-certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. He has been involved in clinical research in a variety of areas of pulmonary medicine, including landmark multicenter trials in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He has also been listed among the “Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area” by Castle Connolly Medical since 2012.
Dr. Thurm lectures regularly on a variety of pulmonary topics and has a number of articles published in peer reviewed journals. He is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Khalid Gafoor

Associate Director, Pulmonary Fellowship
Director, Medical ICU
Dr. Khalid Gafoor was born and raised in Queens, New York. He obtained his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT and went on to complete both his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Northwell – Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, affiliated with the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra.

Dr. Gafoor has been working at TJH Medical Services and Jamaica Hospital since 2018 and is currently serving as the director of the medical ICU and the associate program director of the pulmonary medicine fellowship. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and neuro-critical care medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. His interests outside of medicine include New York sports and perfecting his pour-over coffee technique.

Dr. Umma Kulsum

Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Sleep

Dr. Umma Kulsum was born in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. She began her medical studies early at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, the top medical school in Bangladesh, after a very competitive examination. She later completed an internship there, as well.

After moving to the United States, Dr. Kulsum completed an internal medicine residency program in 2015 at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and then completed a pulmonary medicine fellowship there in 2017. She subsequently went on to complete a sleep fellowship in 2018 at JFK University Medical Center in New Jersey, after which she returned to Jamaica Hospital as a faculty member.
Dr. Kulsum currently works as a pulmonary and sleep medicine attending physician at Jamaica Hospital. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Samir Sarkar

Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Dr. Samir Sarkar was born and raised in Bangladesh, where he obtained his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. He completed his internal medicine residency and a pulmonary fellowship at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. He then went on to complete a critical care medicine fellowship at the Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn.

Dr. Sarkar has worked in TJH Medical Services and Jamaica Hospital since 2004 and is currently an attending physician in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. His outside interests include yoga and meditation.

Dr. Natasha Garg, an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Natasha Garg

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. Natasha Garg completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai Morningside and West in New York City, joining our department in 2022. Her medical interests include advanced airway diseases and post-cardiac arrest care. She is passionate about medical education and training with simulation. She is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.

Dr. Grace Pena Fatule

Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Dr. Pena Fatule graduated from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s internal medicine residency and pulmonary medicine fellowship programs. She completed her critical care training at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and then returned to Jamaica Hospital in 2022 to help provide quality patient care to the residents of Queens. She is highly motivated and excited to help the ongoing effort to improve the healthcare experience at Jamaica Hospital and outcomes for Queens’ diverse population. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is a board-certified pulmonary and critical care physician.

Dr. Artur Shalonov

Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Dr. Artur Shalonov joined the pulmonary and critical care department at Jamaica Hospital in July 2007. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Shalonov completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in 2004, later completing a pulmonary medicine fellowship at the same hospital in 2006. He also completed a critical care medicine fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Shalonov is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine, and is a senior pulmonary and critical care faculty member at Jamaica Hospital. He actively participates in teaching and training the medical residents and pulmonary fellows.

Dr. Martin Hoffman

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. Martin Hoffman is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. He has practiced medicine for over 46 years and has been a member of Jamaica Hospital’s Pulmonary Division since 2017.

Dr. Hoffman graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 1977. He completed an internship and residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1977 to 1980 and a pulmonary fellowship at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1980 to 1982. He later served at the Chief Medical Resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1982 to 1983. He served as the Director of the Medical ICU at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Mayank Shukla

Part-Time Attending Physician, Sleep Medicine

Dr. Mayank Shukla is board-certified in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College in Mumbai and completed a pediatrics fellowship at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn. He then completed fellowships in sleep medicine as well as pediatric pulmonology and pediatric critical care medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

Dr. Shukla supervises Jamaica Hospital’s sleep medicine clinic once per month. He has been an attending physician at both Jamaica and Flushing Hospital since 2005.
Headshot of Dr. Chuan Jiang, a voluntary attending physician for Jamaica Hospital's Pulmonary Fellowship program.

Dr. Chuan Jiang

Voluntary Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Chuan Jiang is board-certified in pulmonary disease, internal medicine, nephrology, and obesity medicine. He obtained his medical degree from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and later completed his internal medicine residency at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra. He completed the pulmonary fellowship program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and an additional fellowship in nephrology at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Jiang currently works with Jamaica Hospital’s pulmonary fellowship program as a voluntary attending physician.