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

News

Don’t Miss Precision Medicine Panel Discussion on March 9

Arizona cohort leaders of the All of Us℠ Research Program/Precision Medicine Initiative and the deans of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix will hold a PMI Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the fifth floor auditorium, Room 5403. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your questions. Faculty are asked to RSVP by March 7…


‘Feeding Your Genome’ Just the Ticket for Nutritional Health, Feb. 22-24

The UA Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting a conference offering the latest research and practical approaches in the emerging field of precision nutrition and health. The Gene Smart Diet author Dr. Ski Chilton headlines an opening night Food, Wine and Healthy Living Event. Other speakers include Drs. Ken Ramos, Donato Romagnolo, Melanie Hingle, Beth Jacobs and ASU’s Matthew Buman and NAU’s Greg Caporaso…


UA Center for Integrative Medicine Receives $1M Gift To Transform Health Care

The gift from Iris Cantor, chairman and president of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, will advance integrative medicine education and clinical care.


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