Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; Sleep Medicine
My patient care responsibilities are centered at the Veterans Administration Western New York Healthcare System (VA) where I care for hospitalized patients with pulmonary problems as well as maintain two active outpatient clinics in the VA system: the pulmonary clinic and the sleep medicine clinic. I also supervise the continuity clinics at the VA. I also have a sleep clinic at UBMD sleep.
My research interests dovetail with my clinical work. I conduct research on skeletal muscle function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those patients in pulmonary rehabilitation. I investigate predictors of the response to pulmonary rehabilitation, and I am also interested in sleep apnea research, comparing the occurrence of complications (postoperative and others) between patients with sleep apnea and those without. I examine sleep apnea treatment options and their success rate in special patient populations, such as patients with psychiatric disease or those on chronic opioid therapy.
I run multicenter trials in patients with COPD, and I am presently involved in one NIH-sponsored studies: examining the effects of weight loss and exercise on outcomes in patients with COPD and several pharmaceutical trials of agents to reduce exacerbations. I am involved in one NIH study examining the effects of preoperative respiratory muscle training on outcomes after surgical resection for patients with lung cancer. I am also involved in a VA sponsored trial of a specific supplement regimen and/or exercise on outcomes and skeletal muscle function in the healthy elderly.
I teach medical students primarily in the respiratory physiology course. I enjoy working with students throughout the full spectrum of medical education from first-year medical students to senior fellows in pulmonary critical care or sleep medicine. As the fellowship director for pulmonary critical care medicine, I am responsible for the educational curricula for the fellowship.
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.