The James P. Mara Center for Lung Disease

The Mara Center was established through the generous support of Judy Mara Carson and her husband, Russell Carson, in loving memory of Judy’s brother, James P. Mara, who died of pulmonary emphysema at age 40.

The center, which opened in 1998, is dedicated to increasing community awareness, improving patient education and advancing the treatment of lung disease through basic science and clinical research. It has gained recognition for its work related to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema.

The Mara Center, which is based at Mount Sinai West on Manhattan's West Side, offers various initiatives to help people who suffer from lung disorders. They include community outreach activities, support groups and wellness lectures, asthma management education, a smoking cessation program and a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

For more information on the center and its programs, contact Lori Tartell, RN, MSN, Director, Clinical Programs and Education, at 212-523-5471.