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The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes special guest Middleton Lecturer, David Huang, MD, MPH, FACEP, FCCM. Dr. Huang is currently the Director of MACRO (Multidisciplinary Acute Care Research Organization), Director of CRISMA Administrative Core, and Associate Director of the Abdominal Organ Transplant ICU at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as Medical Monitor of the ProCESS trial, PI of the ProACT trial (1R01GM101197; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02130986), and a leader of the ROSE trial (http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1513/AnnalsATS.201608-629OT). Dr. Huang presented “Design, execution, and interpretation of acute care trials” on Thursday, November 29, 2018.



The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes special guest Middleton Lecturer, Nicola A. Hanania., MD MS, FCCP, FATS. Dr. Hanania is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine and Director of the airways Clinical Research Center at  Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hanania is an internationally recognized expert in the management of asthma and COPD. He presented "COPD: Past, Present and Future" on Tuesday May 8, 2018.


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Sharma, Gulshan, MD, MPHCongratulations to Dr. Gulshan Sharma, Vice President and Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer, who has been named among Becker's Healthcare "100 hospital and health system CMOs to Know | 2018." The list features national physician leaders dedicated to strengthening their organization through physician leadership development, patient safety and quality improvement.


Mohammad Zaidan, MDCongratulations to Mohammed Zaidan, MD, he is the recipient of the Marvin Lees Graves Research Fellowship in Internal Medicine. This important fellowship is awarded to an honor graduate in medicine who may be considered the most likely to maintain the professional standards and ideals of Dr. Marvin Lee Graves. Dr. Graves set the standard for life-long learning, a core value of UTMB today. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Zaidan.


Plaque presentation-BoethelThe Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes Special Guest Middleton Lecturer, Doctor Carl Boethel. Dr. Boethel currently serves as the Chief in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Baylor Scott & White Health—Central Texas. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center-College of Medicine. He divides his clinical time between the Medical Intensive Care Unit, where he spends time teaching medical students, residents and fellows, and the Sleep Laboratory. Dr. Boethel presented “State of the art e-ICU: Implementation strategies and lessons learned” on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.


Congratulations Karen Cochran, she was awarded the Lannette Linthicum Meritorious Award. Karen is a nurse practitioner and was nominated because she "always makes a difference and provides efficient and effective care." Those who nominated her say "Cochran advocates endlessly for the patients and that she always listens carefully to those for whom she cares". Please join us in congratulating Karen Cochran.

                   Karan Lannette Linthicum Meritorious Award


The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes Special Guest Middleton Lecturer, Donald A. Mahler, MD. Dr. Mahler is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. He currently works as a pulmonary physician at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, where he is Director of Respiratory. Dr. Mahler presented " Dyspnea: Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management" on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

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Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP
Vice President, Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer
Sealy & Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Professor & Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Research Bldg. #6, 1.206 Auditorium

Shawn Pua Eiko Nishi, MDCongratulations to Dr. Shawn Nishi, Associate Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine for her article and podcast in the ATS Journals. Please read the accompanying article and listen to the podcast. 



The Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine would like to welcome and congratulate Dr. Shawn Nishi as the new appointed Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Medicine fellowship program, effective July 1st 2016.

    Shawn Pua Eiko Nishi, MDDr. Nishi joined as an Associate Professor and serve as an Associate Program Director since 2011. She directs the ultrasound course for the house-staff, bronchoscopy simulation for fellows, and is a member of the Clinical Competency Committee since its inception. Shawn has distinguished herself as a dedicated clinician and an educator. Additionally, she is well versed with the Quality Improvement; an important skill needed in the current healthcare environment and continue to pursue scholarly activity and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

    Dr. Nishi received her MD degree from UTMB in 2005 and completed both her Internal Medicine Residency, and Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine fellowship training at UTMB. In September 2014, Dr. Nishi was chosen as a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor and in July 2015 was chosen as a 2015 Super Doctor© Texas Rising Star. She is a member of UTMB's Academy of Master Teachers and is enrolled in the UTMB Physician Leadership Academy. She serves as the Director of Advanced Pulmonary Procedures

    Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Nishi for this well-deserved appointment and ensure your unwavering support to the betterment of the fellowship program.
    bio_singhCongratulations to Dr Gurinder Singh (Fellow, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) for lead article in journal Chest on “Association of psychological disorders with 30-day readmission rates in patients with  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”. Please read the accompanying editorial and listen to the podcast.

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    ParthaSarkarbio_hazraCongratulation to Tapas Hazra, Ph.D. and Partha Sarkar, Ph.D. on being awarded R01 NIH grant titled "Mechanism of DNA strand-break repair deficiency in Huntington's disease" in the amount of $2.3 million.

    PeterJMOpenshawMBBSThe Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine welcomes Special Guest Middleton Lecturer, Peter JM Openshaw MBBS, PhD Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London and an Honorary Physician in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the St Mary's Campus of the Imperial College NHS Trust. Dr. Openshaw presented "Viral inflammation and lung disease" on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

    Hazra_JBC_October9_coverCongratulations to Dr. Tapas Hazra!! His paper has been selected as Paper of the Week and illustration for the cover of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Hazra's cover illustration and paper will appear in the October 9, 2015 issue.








    Assistant/Associate Professor Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Galveston, Texas

    The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, Texas, is seeking a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, physician scientist at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

    The successful candidate should have a MD degree or equivalent and a satisfactory completion of an Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship from an ACGME accredited program. Candidates must be eligible for Texas medical licensure and be board certified/eligible in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The Division is interested in candidates with Master's degree in Health Services or Outcomes Research.

    This position is 50% research and 50% clinical. Ideal candidates for this position should have demonstrated commitment to outcomes research through peer-reviewed publication and/or extramural funding. The Division has strong interest in outcomes research in COPD and has Joint Commission approved Advanced COPD program certification. Salary and benefits are negotiable and commensurate with experience.

    UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    UTMB is located on Galveston Island just 60 miles south of Houston. The island enjoys natural beauty, abundant wild life and beaches.

    Nominations and letters of intent, including curriculum vitae, can be submitted in confidence to the attention of:

    Gulshan Sharma, MD,
    Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    5.140 John Sealy Annex, route 0561
    301 University Blvd.
    Galveston, Texas 77555-0561

    SultanaRizwanaThe Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine welcomes Dr. Rizwana Sultana as our newest faculty member. Dr. Sultana obtained her medical degree from Hamdard College of Medicine, Hamdard University, Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her pediatric residency at Texas Tech Health Science Center, El Paso and sleep medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sultana's main focus is sleep disorders in pediatric and adult patients in addition to home sleep testing. She will see adult patients at two locations: UHC Galveston campus and Victory Lakes Town Center, League City. Pediatric patients will be seen at the Pediatric Specialty Center at Bay Colony, League City.

    Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sultana to our Division and to UTMB Galveston.

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Welcome to the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine.

We are committed to value based, patient-centered and outcomes-driven care. Our diverse clinical expertise will serve the needs of patients with acute and chronic lung conditions.

The Division has a longstanding tradition of training the next generation of pulmonary and critical care medicine physicians. We are proud of our alumni and current trainees.

Our current research focus is on improving care of critically ill patients, seamless transition of care for patients with chronic pulmonary diseases, asthma and lung cancer.

Please explore our website for additional information and faculty expertise. Contact us at pulm.critcare@utmb.edu if we can be of any assistance to you or your loved ones.