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.

View the latest edition of the PACCS newsletter, Lung Matters, here.


A Frenzy of Fellowship Matches, Both ‘To’ and ‘From’ DOM Training Programs, Announced for 2019-20

Thirty four residents and fellows matched into the 17 ACGME-accredited fellowships available at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine, among them six from the UA Internal Medicine Program – Tucson Campus, three from the UA Internal Medicine Program – South Campus and a chief resident from the UA Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In addition, two Tucson Campus IM chief residents and the South Campus IM chief resident and nine IM residents from the UA matched into fellowships elsewhere. See who’s coming and who’s going…

‘The Power of Precision Medicine’ Theme of Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference, Feb. 16 Accomplished physician-scientist and transformational leader Dr. Kenneth Ramos, an expert on genetics and genomic medicine, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s 17th annual conference for those living with arthritis — and those who care for them. Registration deadline is Feb. 6.

UA Environmental Health Pilot Project Funding Available for Up to $40,000

Ever considered research in environmental health sciences? The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, an NIH unit, seeks to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. Thus, the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), part of the Center for Toxicology at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, is on the hunt for pilot project applicants to fund. Deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18. Learn more…