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.

News

Former Gastroenterology Chief, Medicine Chair and College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Steve Goldschmid Retires

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Goldschmid, professor of medicine in the University of Arizona Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and director of the Endoscopy Lab at Banner – University Medicine Tucson, on his retirement after more than 30 years practicing medicine—the last 18 of them in Tucson. He previously served chair, UA Department of Medicine (2006-08), dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson (2008-14), and chief of the division (2015-18)…


UA Researchers Contribute to Peanut Allergy Study that Shows Oral Immunotherapy Can Reduce Reactions

A member of the PALISADE Group of Clinical Investigators, Dr. Tara Carr is co-author of a paper recently appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine that found in a clinical trial that oral immunotherapy in children and adolescents could be effective in reducing allergic reactions to peanuts by desensitizing them...


Dalmendray among Two Added as GME Administrator Liaisons for College of Medicine – Tucson

The Tucson campus internal medicine residency’s Michele Dalmendray and the orthopedic surgery residency’s Barbra Solares have been picked by their peers to serve as Graduate Medical Education (GME) Administrators Group liaisons to the Institutional GME Committee, which isprimarily made up of residency and fellowship program directors at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson…


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