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.

James Mahoney
Bornc. 1957
DiedApril 27, 2020 (aged 62)
New York City, US
EducationLIU Post (BS)
SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (MD)
OccupationPulmonologist, internist
Medical career
InstitutionsUniversity Hospital of Brooklyn
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Kings County Hospital Center
Sub-specialtiesPulmonary diseases

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.[1] As a child, a family friend nicknamed him Charlie.[2] He began working with his older brother at the age of 8. They worked at a laundromat, German delicatessen, and a lunch counter.[3] Mahoney was the captain of the football team at Roosevelt High School.[1]

Mahoney completed a B.S. at C.W. Post in 1981 while working in patient transport at the Long Beach Medical Center.[4][1] 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.[1] He completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship in 1993.[1]


Mahoney began working at the University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center in 1982.[2] In 1993, Mahoney became a clinical assistant professor of medicine and head of the intensive care unit at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.[3][4]

His clinical interests included pulmonary diseases including sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchoscopy.[4]

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.[1] His workplace did not provide sufficient personal protective equipment.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[1] The family resided in Baldwin where Mahoney served as a football and baseball coach.[5] The Mahoneys divorced in 2004.[1]

Mahoney resided in Freeport, New York. He was in a long-term relationship with Dawn Havens at the time of his death. Mahoney died from COVID-19 on April 27, 2020 at the NYU Langone Medical Center.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brodsky, Robert (May 15, 2020). "James Mahoney, a pulmonologist, sprung into action when the pandemic hit". Newsday. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  2. ^ a b "James Mahoney Obituary". New York Times. May 10, 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  3. ^ a b c 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.
  4. ^ a b c "SUNY Downstate Department of Medicine Faculty – James A. Mahoney, MD". www.downstate.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  5. ^ "Coronavirus Memoriam: Remembering Dedicated Public Servants Gary Walker, Dr. James Mahoney". 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2020-05-17.