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...

Sairam Parthsarathy, MD
Interim 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 (2015-16) among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

News

UA/Banner Respiratory Therapy Team Takes Statewide Award

Kevin Marr, director of respiratory care services at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses, announced last week the Banner – UMC Tucson Respiratory Therapy team had won statewide recognition as the AzSRC Respiratory Therapy Department of the Year. The honor was presented to the team at the Arizona Society of Respiratory Care (AzSRC) annual conference in Phoenix…


NIH Awards $4.8M Grant to UA Valley Fever Center for Excellence to Accelerate Vaccine Development

The center, led by Dr. John Galgiani, will use the money to speed development of a Valley fever vaccine for dogs that it’s hoped will lead to a successful human vaccine. A California-based biotech company, Anivive Lifesciences, which has licensed the candidate vaccine from the UA, and Colorado State University have joined the center in that effort…


UA Cancer Center Presents Strategy No. 4 of ‘Bear Down. Beat Cancer. Top 5 Strategies for Reducing Skin Cancer Risk’

Your skin health is important regardless of the season. In five weekly installments in August, each Tuesday, the University of Arizona Cancer Center is presenting a strategy for enjoying the sun’s benefits while protecting yourself from cancer-causing UV radiation. This week’s strategy: Perform Regular Self-Exams


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