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:

Michael Niederman, M.D.
is Chairman of Winthrop's Department of Medicine and is an internationally recognized expert in pneumonia. Dr. Niederman has been selected as one of the "Best Doctors in the New York Area".

Adam Hurewitz, M.D.
is Chief of Winthrop's Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division. Dr. Hurewitz has long been active in the respiratory pathophysiology course at Stony Brook School of Medicine. His expertise is in pulmonary vascular disease, including pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary embolism.

Jonathan Ilowite, M.D.
is Director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program, and Director of our Clinical Research Program. He is currently investigating the role of exhaled nitric oxide in lung injury and has clinical expertise in asthma management.

Maritza Groth, M.D.
is Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, with a special interest in noninvasive ventilation methods and experimental modalities in treating sepsis.

Michael Weinstein, M.D.
is Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. He was selected as the 2002 "Teacher of the Year" by the Medicine Residents.

Peter Spiegler, M.D.
is Medical Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department. His research interests include novel treatments of malignant pleural effusions as well as studies of pulmonary rehab in patients with chronic respiratory disorders.

Terence Trow, M.D.
is Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Center. His clinical interests include primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension, and also the diagnosis and management of lung cancer. Dr. Trow was selected as the 2003 "Teacher of the Year" by the Medicine Residents. 2003 was also Dr. Trow's first year at Winthrop.