PULMONARY & CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Division Chief: Adam Hurewitz, M.D.
Number of Fellowship Positions: 7
4th YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT ELECTIVE: Yes
Resident Elective(s): Yes

Clinical Services:

Winthrop's Pulmonary Division encompasses three (3) clinical services: Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. The pulmonary team manages an active inpatient and outpatient consultative service with special interests in asthma, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension. Our critical care team (consisting of an Intensivist, Attending and Fellow, Housestaff, critical care Nurses, and a Pharmacist) rounds daily in the Medical and Coronary Care Units. A wide range of interesting medical topics including pulmonary, cardiac, metabolic, and infectious disorders are discussed. The Sleep Disorders Center is primarily an outpatient service and is the only certified training center on Long Island. Although sleep apnea is the most common disorder seen, other interesting sleep problems such as insomnia, cataplexy, and narcolepsy are encountered.

Research:

Research activities include a wide variety of clinical trials examining the benefits of new agents for treating patients with sepsis, asthma, pulmonary embolism, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At the basic science level, the cardiovascular research group, headed by Jeff Kazzaz, PhD., has been recognized for studies to control bacterial colonization in the airways, novel methods to reduce oxidant injury and lung infection using molecular and cellular techniques in combination with tissue culture and experimental models. Current research interests of this group include gene therapy oxidant and antioxidant signaling, and the potential uses of novel bismuth-thiol antimicrobial compounds.

Faculty:

Steve H. Salzman, MD
Chief, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook
Research interests: Pulmonary Function Testing, Bronchoscopy and Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

Michael S. Niederman, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook
Research interests: Sepsis and treating Pneumonia in the Critically Ill

Jonathan S. Ilowite, MD
Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Research interests: Bronchiectasis      

Michael D.Weinstein, MD
Director of Sleep Disorders Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Research interests: Non-respiratory sleep disorders (narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome...)

Peter Spiegler, MD
Director of Medical Intensive Care Unit
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Research interests: Malignant pleural effusions

Shalinee Chawla, MD
Associate Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit
Assistant Professor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Research interest: Interstitial Lung Disease and Critical Illness.

Joseph P. Mathew, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Medical Director, Simulation Program
Medical Director, Respiratory Care
Research Interests: Mild Therapeutic Hypothermia, Airway Management, Simulation Training, Critical Care Ultrasonography, Sepsis.

Shilpa A. DeSouza MD
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Research interests: Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Disease

Girish B. Nair MD
Attending and Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Research interests: ICU Outcomes, Ventilator Associated Pneumonia  and Pulmonary Fibrosis

Qanta A. Ahmed MD FACP, FCCP, FAASM
Attending Sleep Disorders Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine Winthrop University Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook, New York