Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Leadership
James J Walsh, MD, MSHA, FACP, FCCP is the Program Director for the Pulmonary/ Critical Care medicine fellowship as well as the Assistant Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program. Dr. Walsh attended St. Louis University and then continued to complete his residency at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Walsh the completed his fellowship at the University of Vermont and moved to Sayre PA to start work with Guthrie as a Pulmonary Critical Care Physician. After 30 plus years with Guthrie, Dr. Walsh plans to retire in 2024, but will stay on as a consultant for the fellowship and internal medicine residency. Dr. Walsh loves to ride his bike during his free time.
Assistant Program Director
Faraz Siddiqui, MD is the Assistant Program Director for the Pulmonary/ Critical Care medicine fellowship. Dr. Siddiqui attended college in Pakistan and graduated from DOW Medical College. From there he completed his residency at the Staten Island University Hospital in NYC where he also completed his fellowship program for Pulmonary/ Critical Care medicine. Dr. Siddiqui has been an integral part of the Pulmonary/Critical Care team at Guthrie for many years. He works with the fellows to prepare them for the Pulmonary Boards as well as the Critical Care boards. Dr. Siddiqui has a wife and 2 children. In his free time he is assisting with his children so his wife can attend medical school.
Tracie Ammerman, B.S.
Hometown: Horseheads, N.Y.
Undergraduate School: Empire State University
What drew me to the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship? My career was been in the field of Human Services, specifically working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, elderly and traumatic brain injuries. After 25+ years I felt it was time for a change for my wellbeing and my family supported me in that. The last 2-3 years of my parents’ life (they passed in 2020), I spent a lot of time in Guthrie Corning as well as Guthrie Sayre because of their declining health. Every Guthrie employee I ever encountered was very caring, professional and worked as a team to provide my parents with the best care possible. I always thought to myself, “what a great group of people. I would love to work there.” When I made the decision to make a career change, I looked to Guthrie and was so excited when I was hired as the Program Coordinator for the GI and PCCM Fellowships. One of the best life choices I have made.
What do I like to do in my free time? Family is the most important thing to me, so spending time together is my favorite pastime, especially with my grand babies. I also like to sew, cricut, paint, cook from scratch, bake and help other people.
Julia Lantry, MD originally from Akron, OH graduated from Kent State University before going on to medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Lantry then completed her residency for Internal Medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital. Having a passion for pulmonary and critical care is what brought Dr. Lantry to our PCCM fellowship here at Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital. Dr. Lantry likes to read, do yoga, and go out to eat when she isn’t taking a break from the everyday life of a fellow.
Mohamed Swalih, DO comes to us from Ridgewood, New York. He attended undergrad school at CUNY Hunter College and then went onto NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical school. Dr. Swalih completed his residency at Northwell Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and then came to Guthrie Robert Packard to our Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship. Dr. Swalih grew to admire during his medical training in the ICU and then realized he wanted to strive to become - a compassionate communicator who is specialized in the careful interpretation of bedside, laboratory, and imaging information, along with constant reassessments, and who is ultimately prepared to intervene swiftly on patients that are deteriorating. Dr. Swalih enjoys his off time and likes resting; spending time with my loved ones; reading stories; looking into the idea of exercising, because it is a great idea; figuring out how to fix broken things; window shopping; and playing sports like handball and basketball.