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 this year among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

News

Heart Disease and Sleep: Expert Panel Reports That Both Duration and Quality May Impact Heart Health

In its first scientific statement on sleep, the American Heart Association and its committee of heart health and sleep researchers, including Michael Grandner, PhD, of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, find in a review of current evidence that too much or too little sleep, along with sleep-related breathing irregularities and insomnia, may be linked to heart risk factors.


UA-Led Team Receives PCORI Engagement Award for Patient-Centered SLEEP2 Project

The University of Arizona, Project Sleep and the Sleep Research Network are teaming up to engage patients, scientists and other stakeholders as partners in sleep research; the first of four events for sleep researchers and the public will be held Friday, Oct. 7, in Bethesda, Md.


UPDATE: Nearly 40 Show for Cancer Center Open House, Next Events on BRA Day, Oct. 22, and GI Cancers, Oct. 27

Three dozen-plus people turned out Sept. 9 for the UA Cancer Center Open House to hear a talk about “Lymphoma & Leukemia” by Drs. Daniel Persky and Ravi Krishnadasan. Next event, Sat., Oct. 22, focuses on Breast Reconstruction Awareness and the UACC Breast Health Team with a program also Thu., Oct. 27, on GI cancers…