Pulmonary Division celebrates graduates, openings, promotions, research

Cover of April-June 2023 issue of PACCS Newsletter, a quarterly publication of the University of Arizona Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep MedicineKey findings in two published papers, a ribbon-cutting, fellow graduations and faculty promotions highlighted the latest PACCS Newsletter from the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Click here to view this quarter’s issue:  paccs_newsletter_q2_2023_final.pdf

Among news items in this quarter’s newsletter were the following:

Sleep Disorders in the ICU: After three years of work, an official American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Statement on Causes, Consequences, and Treatments of Sleep and Circadian Disruption in the ICU was released April 1, 2023. Pulmonary Division Chief Sairam Parthasarathy, MD, was a member of this project. The report was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This effort was in response to rising concern that sleep and circadian disruption (SCD) is common and severe in the ICU. On the basis of rigorous evidence in non-ICU populations and emerging evidence in ICU populations, SCD is likely to have a profound negative impact on patient outcomes. The report also appeared in the July 10 Clinical Voices report of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Page 2 of April-June 2023 PACCS NewsletterTop Docs: Special recognition spotlighted the UArizona Lung Cancer Team (including PACCS' Billie Bixby, MDMadhav Chopra, MD, and James Knepler, MD) in this year’s Top Doctors listings in Tucson Lifestyle’s April issue.
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RECOVERing from Long-COVID: Publication of a Long-COVID study in JAMA in late May that uncovered new details about post-infection conditions that can affect nearly every tissue and organ in the body. Among UArizona participants in the study were co-author and PACCS division chief Dr. Parthasarathy, and fellow members of the National Institutes of Health’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) national initiative, Jarrod Mosier, MD, and Franz Rischard, DO.
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Page 3 of April-June 2023 PACCS NewsletterNew appointments: Among new roles PACCS faculty will be playing, Laura Meinke, MD, associate professor and program director of the Internal Medicine Residency - Tucson Campus, was named associate vice chair, DOM Office of Education; Christian Bime, MD, MSc, associate professor and BUMCT Medicine ICU medical director, was named DOM vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); Dr. Rischard was named to the DOM Promotion & Tenure Committee; and Puneet Shroff, MD, associate professor and BUMT allergy clinic associate director, was named to the AAAAI Sports, Exercise & Fitness Committee. Drs. Meinke's and Bime's appointments were announced at the April 12 DOM General Faculty Meeting.

Promotion, promotion, promotion: Sachin Chaudhury, MD, and Drs. Mosier and Rischard were among 14 promotions announced in the Department of Medicine on May 22.
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New Sleep Center Opens: The NIH-Funded UArizona Health Sciences Center for Sleep, Circadian & Neuroscience Research opened May 15 to great fanfare, complete with speeches, tours,hors d'oeuvres and multiple photographers.
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Grants & contracts: Several awards totaling $2.15 million were granted to PACCS faculty this quarter including Dr. Mosier (2), Dr. Rischard and Dr. Bime.

Page 4 of April-June 2023 PACCS NewsletterPulmonary APPs: The Division recognized its allied profession partners (APPs) in their various functions — Lung Transplant – Brittany Anundson, PA; Christopher Prescott, PA; and Hossai Shah, PA; Medical ICU – Bill Doctorman, PA; Amber Merrill, PA; Alex Rogers, NP; and Amanda Zeagler, NP; Pulmonary Hypertension – Lilian Hansen, NP; Sleep Medicine – Joan MacHamer, NP; Sleep Medicine/ILD – Mary Beth Jamison, NP. Click here for PDF.

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Changes: Michael Insel, MD, and David Miller, MD, have been appointed new associate program directors for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program within the division. They’ll be stepping in for a position that Bhupinder Natt, MD, is vacating. Dr. Knepler, Interventional Pulmonology Program director and division vice chair, and Dr. Mosier, continue as program director and associate program director.

Congratulations to fellowship graduates: Allergy & Immunology fellows: Jelena Eremija, MD; Pulmonary-Critical Care fellows: John Rathbun, MD; Allison Wright, DO; Ashley Scott, MD; Jyothi Lenka, MD; and Nicholas Klimberg, MD; Critical Care fellows: Terrence Potter, DO, and Paul Crawford, MD; and Sleep Medicinefellow: Michael Williams.

Other news included:

  • Pulmonary Hypertension Program Updates
  • PACCS at ATS & SLEEP 2023 Annual Meetings
  • Review of COVID Grand Rounds & Upcoming Events
  • Quarterly List of 41 Publications by PACCS Authors

“Inaugural Issue of New Newsletter Posts for Pulmonary Division” | Posted April 14, 2023

Release Date: 
07/03/2023 - 3:15pm