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Meet the Advisory Council

Get acquainted with the passionate nurses, doctors and social workers advising The Bonnell Foundation.

Dr. Samya Nasr, M.D., C.P.I., University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
President, Michigan Thoracic Society

“Working with CF has been a great journey. I was involved in basic science research under the guidance of Drs. Mike Ianuzzi and Francis Collins at the University of Michigan to help identify some of the different mutations that cause the disease. Following that I fell in love with clinical research.

I have been involved in ways to improve adherence to treatment, diagnosing early lung damage and treating CF lung disease. I can see firsthand how new advances in CF treatment affect people with CF lives.  Also, finding ways to identify the progression of the disease through CT scans and MRI’s has been very helpful in trying to stop the lung damage. Clinically, I have been taking care of people with CF since the 1990’s. Since then, the picture of CF has changed significantly for the better.

Read “U of M doctor brings cystic fibrosis awareness to Egypt” by Dr. Samya Nasr, M.D., C.P.I., University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor

Patty Jaeger

Dr. Ibrahim Abdulhamid, Children’s Hospital of Michigan (In Detroit)

Academic Positions: Clinical professor of Pediatrics, Central Michigan University.  Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Voluntary Faculty, WSU. 
Hospital Positions: Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Division, Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM). Director of Pediatric CF center, (CHM). Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Clinical Director of Pediatric Sleep labs, CHM.
Board Certification: Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Abdulhamid started his career at Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM). His patients often refer to him as Dr. A. His degrees are MD and MSc.

“Cystic fibrosis is a multi-system disease that requires extensive knowledge of the underlying mechanisms that affect various organ systems in patients with CF.  I have enjoyed learning about various pathological processes in CF, treating and helping my patients manage their disease and find ways of living normal fulfilling lives. In addition, CF is a chronic condition requiring regular assessment and follow-up. Long-term management of CF provided me a chance to build rewarding partnerships with my patients and their families to find ways to improve their care.”

Academic Positions: Clinical professor of Pediatrics, Central Michigan, University Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, WSU, and Voluntary Faculty.  Hospital Positions: Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Division, (CHM). Director of Pediatric CF center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and Clinical Director of Pediatric Sleep labs, CHM. Board Certification: Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine.


Dr. Yvonne J. Huang M.D., U of M, Ann Arbor

Dr. Huang is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed undergraduate studies at Stanford University and medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After internal medicine residency at Yale, she completed pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). There she was Associate Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program, in addition to pursuing her research which focuses on understanding the human microbiome and its role in shaping differences in chronic airway disease outcomes, including in asthma, COPD, and CF. As a researcher she has led many NIH-funded investigations in this area. Dr. Huang was recruited to the University of Michigan in 2014 and joined the Adult Cystic Fibrosis care team seeing patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting.



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Dr. Susan Millard, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids

Dr. Susan Millard works in the Pediatric Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine Division at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Dr. Millard continues to be a friend to The Bonnell Foundation: Living with cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Millard earned her Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Butler University in Indiana, graduating Summa cum laude with Highest Honors in Chemistry. Dr. Millard graduated from Michigan State University with her medical degree. Dr. Millard has taught at colleges, lead CF studies and continues to help the CF community and patients daily.


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Dr. Ryan Thomas, M.D., MSU Clinic

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, MSU Cystic Fibrosis Center
Director, MSU Pediatric Pulmonary CMDS Clinics
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology
Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Dr. Ryan Thomas is a pediatric pulmonologist and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Thomas completed medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, pediatric residency Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak and his pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Thomas says, “It was at Rainbow Babies in Ohio where I first really got to learn the joy of caring for people with cystic fibrosis. It was a large cystic fibrosis center with a very active cystic fibrosis research division, and I learned a tremendous amount about caring for those with cystic fibrosis”.

Since his arrival at Michigan State Dr. Thomas initially took on the role of associate director and then director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Thomas teaches medical students about Cystic Fibrosis at both the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University as well as the pediatric residency program. Dr. Thomas is involved with both clinical and translational research projects through his cystic fibrosis center. A quality improvement project he is most proud of (since starting Michigan State)  is the creation of the cystic fibrosis newborn screening algorithm which provides a flow chart to help families understand the sometimes-complex evaluation of positive newborn screens for cystic fibrosis. Dr. Thomas records podcasts for the American Thoracic Society (one is out now and another is yet to be published), about Cystic Fibrosis.

Dr. Thomas currently lives in the Lansing area with his wife and two children. As a Michigan State graduate Thomas says he has enjoyed coming back to campus. Thomas says, “I look forward to working what the Bonnell Foundation to help improve the lives of those with cystic fibrosis”.

Read “An Update from the Michigan State University Cystic Fibrosis Center” by Dr. Ryan Thomas, M.D., MSU Clinic

Cat Hackett, Nurse, Spectrum Health’s Adult CF program

I have been the nurse coordinator for Spectrum Health’s Adult CF program for almost 10 years. I am excited for the groundbreaking advances in medical treatments, but mostly for the improvements in day to day life for those living with CF. I have two beautiful children and about 200 favorite patients. I am honored to be a part of their lives and a part of this advisory board!

Katie Hall, Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Health Care System

Katie Hall is a clinical social worker at University of Michigan Health Care System since 2009. She began working with the CF population in 2011 on the inpatient unit and transitioned to the outpatient clinic in 2015. In addition to seeing patients in the CF clinic, she is additionally the Center Coordinator for the Adult CF program.

Jaime Croley, RN, BSN, AE-C, Michigan State University Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy, and Immunology Clinic

Jaime Croley, RN, BSN, AE-C is a registered nurse (RN) at Michigan State University Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy, and Immunology clinic.  She is the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) clinic coordinator, nursing clinical supervisor, and certified asthma educator.  Croley has served an integral role supporting cystic fibrosis patients in the pediatric and adult clinic. Croley advocates for cystic fibrosis patients and promotes awareness of CF within the community.  She is the coordinator for our yearly family CF day, CF 5K run, and was president of CF Fighters. Croley earned her associates degree of nursing at Lansing Community College in 2008.  She pursued her higher education earning a bachelors of science (BSN) degree from Sienna Heights in 2019.
Croley earned professional accolades and recognition from Michigan State University and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She was recognized by Michigan State University with the support staff unit recognition award in 2018.  Croley was granted the Champion of Hope award through Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2016. Her patients count on her expertise and education to assist them in their cystic fibrosis plan of care.


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