Our mission at the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PACCS) is to provide the best medical care to our patients in an environment that fosters patient safety, innovation, training excellence and scientific inquiry. Our division houses several clinical programs and four primary active fellowship training programs in: Pulmonary & Critical Care, Allergy & Immunology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine...

Kenneth S. Knox, MD
Chief, UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine was created in 1968, two years after the opening of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.

The inaugural division chief Benjamin Burrows, MD, an emphysema and pulmonary physiology specialist, was recruited from the University of Chicago. Dr. Burrows was a visionary and left a legacy of pulmonary translational research, initially funded by the NIH Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) in Pulmonary Diseases. He launched the first “center of excellence” at the UA, the Arizona Respiratory Center (ARC), in 1971. The ARC, headed by Fernando Martinez, MD, was recently rebranded as the Asthma and Airway Diseases Research Center (AADC). The rebranding of the ARC heralds a focused effort to cure asthma. Learn more at lungresearch.arizona.edu 

Our current division chief, Kenneth S. Knox, MD, arrived in 2010 from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, where he was chief of medicine. Previously, Dr. Knox was the Indiana University School of Medicine’s immunologic lung disease program director. Here, he holds a dual appointment in medicine and immunobiology, and is departmental vice chair for education. Dr. Knox is known nationally for his translational research in HIV-related pulmonary diseases and has clinical expertise in sarcoidosis, fungal diagnostics, immunologic lung disease, and bronchoalveolar lavage.

Our division now numbers more than 30 physicians and scientists. It is home to many nationally and internationally known physician-scientists pursuing breakthroughs in translational medicine to various pulmonary diseases and conditions. These include Sai Parthasarathy, MD, head of the Center for Sleep Disorders, our Department Chair Monica Kraft, MD, and Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, senior vice president, UA Health Sciences. Furthermore, our Pulmonary Services program was named recently among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


Sudden Cardiac Death Topic for First Lecture from Banner – UMC, Andra Heart Foundation, Nov. 3

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and the Andra Heart Foundation will host Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation president and Mayo heart specialist Dr. Michael Ackerman for a free, public talk about sudden cardiac death in the young at Tucson’s Fox Theater on Thursday evening, Nov. 3. He’ll also provide a Cardiology Grand Rounds address at the UA Sarver Heart Center…

Physician to Thai Royal Princess Completes Visiting Scholar Tour at UA Nephrology

Dr. Sukit “Kob” Rukasuk, a visiting scholar to the UA Division of Nephrology from Thailand, takes home happy and sad memories. He’s learned a lot about advanced kidney care, vascular access and research methodologies—traveled from the Grand Canyon to Colorado ski slopes to Times Square and Harvard Yard—but the king of Thailand’s Oct. 13 death makes going home bittersweet… 

UANews Health Topics in Past Month Range from Kissing Bugs to Cognition in Older Adults

A flurry of UANews Health articles in the past month have covered everything from Alzheimer’s in women to training health workers in Liberia and ovarian cancer screening devices to a new student-run medical journal and kissing bugs to how gender influences strokes. Take a look see to what you may have missed… 



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