Meet the medical professionals who are ready to serve you at Lynchburg Pulmonary:
Dr. Milam trained at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina before coming to Lynchburg in 1988. He serves as Centra’s medical director for sleep disorders and is past president of the Virginia Thoracic Society. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, sleep medicine and critical care and is experienced in clinical research. He is currently the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Centra and the Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at Central Virginia Community College and Liberty University.
Dr. Baker earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia before graduating from medical school there in 1989. He completed a residency in internal medicine with a primary care focus at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond and then a fellowship in pulmonary diseases and critical care at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care, he has practiced in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1995. A Certified Physician Executive, he has served as the medical director for critical care and for pulmonary rehabilitation. He served on the board of directors of Centra for 18 years, chairing its committee governing patient care quality and safety. He is an experienced clinical trialist in the fields of asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, pneumonia, and thromboembolic disease.
Dr. Khoury joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in 2000 after completing a fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Duke University. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care. He is the first physician to serve our area as a board certified specialist in Sleep Medicine and he has a particular interest in sleep disorders. He serves as the medical director of pharmacy and therapeutics for Centra.
John F. Plankeel, MD
Dr. Plankeel joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in 2003 after completing residency and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He maintains board certification in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He specializes in all aspects of pulmonary and sleep disorders. Dr. Plankeel has a particular interest in caring for patients with pulmonary hypertension and runs a weekly clinic focusing on the evaluation and treatment of patients with this complex condition.
Dr. Prema Pamireddy graduated from Siddhartha Medical College in India. She has Joined Lynchburg pulmonary group after completing her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases from Howard university Hospital in Washington DC. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. She enjoys all aspects of pulmonary care.
Dr. Smith earned a degree in biomedical engineering before going on to receive his medical degree from the University of Maryland. His internal medicine residency was done at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC. He joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in 2018 after completing his pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at Virginia Tech . He has interests in lung cancer screening and sepsis.
Jennifer joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in 2012 after completing a Master of Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Lynchburg General Hospital for seven years before completing her Master’s degree. She works in the pulmonary, pulmonary hypertension and sleep clinics and rounds on pulmonary and critical care patients at Lynchburg General Hospital. She has a special interest in pulmonary hypertension, neurosciences, and critical care.
Lee is a native of Lynchburg and joined LPA in 2015 after returning to the area from Southwest Virginia where she worked in Vascular Surgery for several years. She is a board certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, receiving her degree from Drexel University in 2011. She completed her undergraduate work at Lynchburg College in 2004 and has spent most of her career in cardiovascular medicine. In 2006, she completed her Adult Critical Care Nursing certification and in 2007 received specialty certification in Cardiac Surgery. She is excited to expand her practice and to be a part of LPA’s Sleep Disorder Clinic. She is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Lee also has specials interests in the areas of Critical Care and sleep medicine.
Erin joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in 2016, after completion of her Masters of Science in Nursing as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from South University. She previously worked as a critical care nurse for five years in the Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care Unit at Lynchburg General Hospital. Erin is also board certified in cardiac vascular and critical care nursing. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing and Liberty University, where she obtained her nursing diploma and Bachelor of Science in nursing. Her special interests include COPD, critical care, and nutrition.
Lynchburg native, Blair Ford, joined the Lynchburg Pulmonary team after completing her Family Nurse Practitioner degree through South University and becoming board-certified in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Lynchburg College in 2001, and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Education from Liberty University in 2010. She has over fifteen years of nursing experience in cardiothoracic surgery, helping manage and coordinate the care of open-heart surgery patients. During her cardiothoracic surgery career, she was very active with the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative and served as chair of the Centra cardiac surgery quality team. She enjoys patient education and has a passion for developing strong relationships with patients and their families, and holistically assisting them to promote and protect their health and well-being. Blair is certified in Fundamentals of Critical Care Support and has a special interest in managing outpatient COPD and asthma.
Brooke McNamara joined Lynchburg Pulmonary Associates in November 2017, initially for her doctoral clinical fellowship, allowing her to receive additional medical training in both pulmonary and sleep medicine , and continued with the practice after the completion of her fellowship. She completed her Masters of PA Medicine and Doctorate of Medical Science degrees from University of Lynchburg. She works in the outpatient and inpatient settings in both pulmonary and sleep medicine, and has worked diligently to initiate an inpatient sleep medicine consultation service at our affiliated hospital. She holds certification in Fundamentals of Critical Care (FCCS). She is actively involved in the American Academy of Physician Assistants, holding a position in the Title Change Investigation Council. She enjoys all aspects of pulmonary and sleep medicine.