‘Iron Chef' champ, Ground Zero hero is first double lung transplant recipient at Mount Sinai Health

The first double lung transplant at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City was recently performed on Iron Chef America winner James Kelly.
Kelly appeared during season four of the popular food show where he helped his brother, Chef Peter Kelly, claim victory over culinary king Bobby Flay.
Kelly is thankful to be part of another victorious team – Mount Sinai’s new lung transplant team who helped the New York health system reach a major milestone.
The surgery occurred this past March, and Kelly, who is a 58-year-old professional chef from Whitestone, New York, told Fox News, "I received my double lung transplant on March 3rd of this year.
Kelly was diagnosed with emphysema and lung disease due to a condition called silicosis.
Kelly told Fox News, "I did what I could in those first few days after the towers fell.
SURGEON PERFORMED LIVE-SAVING PROCEDURE ON FIREFIGHTER WHOSE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OPPOSED BLOOD TRANSFUSIONIn 2004, Kelly told Fox News he had chest lymph nodes biopsied that revealed exposure to metals he attributed to dust surrounding him at Ground Zero.
Kelly was hospitalized multiple times with lung infections and on May 4th, 2019, he was told he needed a double lung transplant.
Scheinin helped launch Mount Sinai’s new Lung Failure and Transplant Program and led the surgical team involved in Kelly’s surgery that included transplant pulmonologist, Dr Harish Seethamraju.
Since the milestone March surgery, the team has done over a half dozen double lung transplants, a hospital spokesperson told Fox News.
He said in the interview that performing Mount Sinai’s first double lung transplant and helping spearhead the hospital’s new lung transplant program is a new era for the health system.
The chef who graciously thanked his Mount Sinai team said he also planned to do benefits again, and said in the presurgical interview, "It gives you a good feeling.