The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine is dedicated to patient care, education, and research through excellence in healthcare delivery and innovations in biomedical research. The division is strongly committed to providing superior medical education for Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical students. Several faculty members in the division have received teaching awards from the College of Medicine.
The division will achieve its mission through a commitment to following core objectives:
- The division will provide state of the art management of patients
- The division will train and educate physicians to the highest academic standards in all aspects of the subspecialty
- The division will engage in clinical, basic science, and translational research that improves patient care and increases research funding from national agencies
- The division will recognize the unique medical needs of the people of Florida in our subspecialty and manage those needs
The division offers extensive experience in clinical care and basic science research. Patient care expertise particular to the division includes management of the critical ill patient in the medical intensive care unit at Shands Hospital as well as diagnosis and treatment of alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sleep-related disorders, tuberculosis, lung cancer, pleural disease, interstitial lung disease, and other rare pulmonary disorders. The division also offers extensive experience with interventional bronchoscopy for management of airway obstruction and lung transplantation for end-stage lung diseases. Since the initiation of the lung transplantation program in 1994, this center has transplanted over 500 patients and has one of the highest actuarial survivals in the country.
Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures offered by the division at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and the Gainesville VA Medical Center include bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, polysomnography, transtracheal oxygen catheter placement, and interventional bronchoscopy including endobronchial laser and electrocautery therapy, bronchial balloon dilatation, and stent placement.
Current areas of active clinical and basic science research include COPD, tuberculosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, lung transplantation, asthma, pulmonary endothelial cell function, and mechanisms of pleural fluid formation.