James Mahoney (pulmonologist)
James A. "Charlie" Mahoney (c. 1957 – April 27, 2020) was an American pulmonologist and internist. He was head of the intensive care unit and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
|Died||April 27, 2020 (aged 62)|
New York City, US
|Education||LIU Post (BS)|
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (MD)
|Institutions||University Hospital of Brooklyn|
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Kings County Hospital Center
Early life and educationEdit
James A. Mahoney was born in either 1957 or 1958 to Leila and Oscar Mahoney. His father was a member of the United States Air Force. Mahoney was raised in military housing in Bermuda and the South Shore in Nassau County, New York. He had 4 siblings. As a child, a family friend nicknamed him Charlie. He began working with his older brother at the age of 8. They worked at a laundromat, German delicatessen, and a lunch counter. Mahoney was the captain of the football team at Roosevelt High School.
Mahoney completed a B.S. at C.W. Post in 1981 while working in patient transport at the Long Beach Medical Center. In 1986, he earned an M.D. at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at his alma mater and served as chief resident from 1989 to 1990. He completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship in 1993.
Mahoney began working at the University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center in 1982. In 1993, Mahoney became a clinical assistant professor of medicine and head of the intensive care unit at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.
The COVID-19 pandemic in New York changed Mahoney's plan to retire in January 2020. He treated COVID-19 patients at Downstate and the Kings County Hospital Center. His workplace did not provide sufficient personal protective equipment.
During his graduate studies, Mahoney met Lisa Johnson, a graphic designer, while he was traveling through California. They married in 1987 and had three children. The family resided in Baldwin where Mahoney served as a football and baseball coach. The Mahoneys divorced in 2004.
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- Rao, Ankita (2020-05-12). "A legend at a Brooklyn hospital dies of Covid-19: 'He ran into the fire'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
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- "Coronavirus Memoriam: Remembering Dedicated Public Servants Gary Walker, Dr. James Mahoney". 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2020-05-17.