Staff Doctors

Warren R. Abel

Warren R. Abel

M.D.
F.C.C.P.
F.A.C.P.

Dr. Abel has been providing high quality care to patients in St. Petersburg since 1995.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercer University in 1981 where he also received the prestigious Louie D. Newton Citizenship Award. He obtained his medical degree from The University of South Florida in Tampa in 1985. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta 1985-1988.He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a house staff member. He returned to the University of South Florida in 1992-1995 for a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. From 1988 to 1992 he practiced Emergency Medicine in the Atlanta area.

Dr. Abel is Board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Physicians, Pinellas County Medical Association, and The American Thoracic Society.

He is the founder, president, and managing partner of Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care, P.L.C. Dr. Abel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the South Pinellas Medical Trust since 2007 and has held a variety of positions on the Executive Board. Dr. Abel has served as the Chief of Staff, Medical Director of Respiratory Care and has served on or has been Chairman of a variety of Medical Staff committees at St. Anthony’s Hospital since 1995. He was awarded the Allegany Franciscan Award for dedication and service to St. Anthony’s Hospital and it’s patients in 2014. He is also the medical director of Respiratory/ Critical Care at Kindred Hospital, St. Petersburg, where he has served as Chief of Staff several times and served in a variety of leadership roles since the hospital opened in 1997. He is on staff at Bayfront Medical Center where he serves on various boards. Dr. Abel is actively involved with multiple research studies on COPD, Asthma, and other respiratory conditions.

Dr. Abel is known throughout the community for his compassion and the excellent care he gives his patients. During his time off he enjoys tennis, running, and time with his family.

Dr. ALA AHMAD

Ala T. Ahmad

M.D.
F.C.C.P.

Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care welcomed Dr. Ahmad when he joined the group in August of 2016 after completing his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at The University of South Florida.
Dr. Ahmad is a Florida native. He grew up in Bartow, Florida. He graduated from The American University of Antigua College of Medicine in 2009. He then studied at the Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland where he completed his Internal Medicine Residency. While there he was a member of the State of Maryland Infection Control Committee. He was the Chief Fellow at the University of South Florida during his Pulmonary/ Critical Care Fellowship. He also participated in several research studies while at USF.
Dr. Ahmad is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He performs the EBUS procedure and navigational bronchoscopy and also the placement of trachea-bronchial stents.
He is a member of The American Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians.
In his free time Dr. Ahmad enjoys travel, spending time with his family,

Hudman A Hoo, Jr.

Hudman A Hoo, Jr.

M.D.
F.C.C.P.

Dr. Hoo has a reputation for providing his patients with quality care in St. Petersburg since 1997.

He grew up in the Caribbean and loves the sun, water, and beaches that Florida offers.
He is a true “Gator” as he attended the University of Florida for his Bachelor of Science in Zoology, then graduating from medical school in 1991. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Virginia in 1994. He completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship in 1997 at Medical College of Virginia where he was a Medical House Officer at Johnston-Willis Hospital and Chippenham Hospital in Richmond.

Dr. Hoo joined the Suncoast Medical Group as a pulmonary/critical care consultant in 1997 and stayed there until 2006. In 2007 he joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care where he is a partner and officer of the group. He is on staff at St. Anthony’s Hospital where he is the Chairman of The Pulmonary Section and the Medical Director of Critical Care. He has also served on the Infection Control Committee, and has served as Chairman of the Quality Improvement Committee. Dr. Hoo is also on staff at Bayfront Medical Center and Kindred Hospital.

Dr. Hoo is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Pinellas County Medical Association. He is involved in multiple research studies for COPD and Asthma. He was named one of “America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2006.

In his spare time Dr. Hoo enjoys being with his family and is an avid boater and fisherman.

Jose F. Luciano

Jose F. Luciano

M.D.
F.C.C.P.

Dr. Luciano was a welcome addition when he joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care in July of 2007. He is known by his patients as an extremely compassionate and knowledgeable physician.

He was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he attended The University of Puerto Rico in Mayaquez. Dr Luciano then attended The Ponce School of Medicine where he graduated Magna cum laude. During his time in medical school he worked with the surgeons at the Mayaguez Medical Center and later as a teacher and assistant in the genetics laboratory. He then attended the University of South Florida where he completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency followed by his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Luciano has served as Chairman of Critical Care at Edward White Hospital and Director of Respiratory services at Bons Secours Maria Manor. He currently is the director of Respiratory Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center and a part of the Sepsis Committee there. He is also on the Code Blue Committee at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He has presented multiple community lectures on pulmonary diseases.

He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and The Pinellas County Medical Association. Dr. Luciano is involved in multiple research studies for COPD, Asthma, and respiratory diseases.

Dr. Luciano has earned a reputation for providing his patients with the highest quality of care.In his free time Dr. Luciano enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

D. Andrew Sams

D. Andrew Sams

D.O.
F.C.C.P.

Dr. D. Andrew Sams joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2006 and provides compassionate and high quality care to his patients. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University in 1995 and his Post-Baccalaureate at the University of Connecticut in 2003.

Dr. Sams completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida 2006.

Dr. Sams is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Sams is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

As a partner of Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care, Dr. Sams sees patients in the office as well as St. Anthony’s Hospital, Bayfront Medical Center, and Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is actively involved in clinical research as well.

Dr. Sams is happily married with two children. He enjoys soccer, basketball, and traveling with this family.

DR. ERIC SCHILLING

ERIC M. SCHILLING

D.O.
F.C.C.P.

Coastal Pulmonary welcomed Dr. Schilling to the practice in August 2016.
He is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Butler University in Indianapolis. He went to work in researching investigational drugs at Abbott Laboratories and then to Loyola University Burn and Shock Trauma Institute where he worked in the research of immunology. At that time he earned his Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry. He continued in Research at Northwestern University working in the Departments of surgery and pathology, basic science research in breast cancer, and manager of Tissue Procurement SPORE Program.
Dr. Schilling graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine before heading to The University of South Florida where he completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. He worked at Moffitt Cancer Center at that time. While he was at USF he received multiple awards including The Nathan Marcus Award for Academic Excellence and The Veteran’s Administration Hospital Gold Star Award for patient care.
Dr. Schilling is proficient in performing EBUS and Navigational Bronchoscopy, cryobiopsy, Right Heart Catheterization, and PleurX catheter placement.
He is a member of The American Thoracic Society, The American College of Chest Physicians, The American College of Physicians, and The American Osteopathic Association.
He enjoys scuba diving and worked as an instructor in the Florida Keys. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Vinny O. Samuel

Vinny O. Samuel

M.D.
F.C.C.P.

Dr. Samuel joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care in 2012 and brought with him the training to perform a new procedure that no other physician had performed in St. Petersburg called the Endobronchial Ultrasound.

Dr. Samuel graduated from the University of Miami in 2002. He then attended Ross University School of Medicine graduating in 2006. He attended the University of Florida for his Internal Medicine residency and his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. While there he served on the Infection Control Committee and Multidisciplinary ICU Care Committee at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Samuel is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He performs not only Endobronchial Ultrasound but also Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy, saving patients from longer recovery time than traditional lung surgery and diagnosing multiple lung conditions, including cancer. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, The American Thoracic Society, and The Pinellas County Medical Association. He also presents community lectures at St. Anthony’s Hospital educating patients on COPD, lung cancer, and Asthma.

Dr. Samuel is involved with multiple research studies. He is the Medical Director of Pulmonary Medicine at St. Anthony’s Hospital where he is on staff. He is also on staff at Bayfront Medical Center and Kindred Hospital St. Petersburg.

In his free time Dr. Samuel enjoys fishing, basketball, and spending time with his family.

Flora M. Lam

Flora M. Lam

MSPAS
PA-C

Physician Assistant, Flora Lam, joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care in August of 2015.

Flora was born in Taiwan and raised in Orlando, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from The University of Florida majoring in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She graduated with Honors. She continued at UF to complete her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in June of 2003.

Flora is Board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has worked at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in the Dept. of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Orlando Regional Medical Center in the Neurologic ICU and Women’s ICU, and All Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neuroscience. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Patients appreciate her smile and sunny disposition as well as her knowledge and professionalism.

Flora enjoys reading, going to the beach, camping, and fishing on her boat with her family in her free time.

Marnie Long

Marnie Long

MPH
PA-C

Marnie Long joined Coastal Pulmonary and Critical Care full time in 2007. Patients know her as a knowledgeable provider who shows care and compassion in her work.

Marnie received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Florida State University in 1991. In 1999 she graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a second Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health Degree. She received multiple awards while there including the Chancellor’s Award, Pfizer Leadership Award, Gold Circle Women’s Scholarship, and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Outstanding Student Award.

Prior to beginning her career as a physician assistant she worked as a molecular biologist in research and private industry.

Marnie is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Board of Directors. She has served as the West Central Region Director 2013 through the present. She is a member of American Academy of Physician Assistants and serves on the Legislative & Government Affairs committee. Marnie is also a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, The Society of Clinical Research Association, and St. Anthony’s Allied Health Professions Committee.

In her time off Marnie enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, and spending time with her family and friends.