Idichandi "Chandi" Idicula, M.S., RRT, CPFT

Idichandi “Chandi” Idicula
Program Coordinator, Respiratory Care
Dallas College, Dallas, Texas

Chandi Idicula is a dedicated teacher, focusing his 37+ year career in respiratory care towards the training and education of future professionals. His students know his compelling motto - “if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters!”

Chandi currently serves as the Respiratory Care Program Coordinator/Director for Dallas College, where he has served since 2002. Under his leadership, the program received the distinguished credentialing award from the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) since 2013.
Prior to this, Chandi worked in the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX and taught the Metropolitan Group of Hospital Respiratory Therapy program in Chicago, IL. In both, he worked clinically for a few years before pursuing educational leadership. At Parkland, he designed and taught an accelerated respiratory care program in collaboration with California College of Health Science.

Chandi continues to serve his community nationally through his work with the NA2RC committee since 2014, where he now serves as a board member and treasurer. He serves as a commissioner for the Commission on Allied Health Education Professions (CAAHEP) since 2019.

He has received numerous awards, including the Monaghan / Trudell Fellowship award for Aerosol Technique Development from the American Respiratory Care Foundation, Outstanding Contribution Award from NA2RC, and a nomination for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award in 2019.

His passion for teaching and working with young people extends beyond the classroom to other communities. He is an active Sunday School teacher and continues into his third decade working with youth groups both locally and regionally.

In his spare time, he enjoys going for long runs, traveling, and playing with his two grandsons.