Dr. James P. Lamberti, associate professor and medical director of the Respiratory Therapy Assistant (RTA) Program at the Medical Education Campus (MEC), has joined the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) Board of Trustees, the certifying organization for respiratory therapists.
The primary mission of the NBRC and its 31-member Board of Trustees is to provide high-quality voluntary credentialing examinations for respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technologists, establish standards to credential practitioners to work under medical direction, issue certificates and prepare a directory of credentialed individuals, advance medicine by promoting use of respiratory care in treating human ailments, support ethical and educational standards of respiratory care, and cooperate with accrediting agencies to support respiratory care education.
Since its inception, the NBRC has issued over 350,000 professional credentials to more than 209,000 individuals and currently tests nearly 40,000 candidates annually. One of the respiratory therapy examinations is the standard for licensure in the 49 states that regulate the profession.
“As a clinician and educator, I am honored to be asked to join the governing body of respiratory care practitioners,” Lamberti said. “My hope is to assist NBRC to stay clinically relevant in the coming years.”
Lamberti has been in clinical practice in Northern Virginia since 1985 and is a founding member of Northern Virginia Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates. He has served as medical director of respiratory care services at Inova Fairfax Hospital since 1997 where he directs a staff of 120 respiratory therapists. Lamberti is also the secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors of National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) and is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Clinician Award from American Thoracic Society. He first began teaching and serving as the medical director of the RTA Program at the Annandale Campus in 1999, prior to the Medical Education Campus opening its doors in 2003.