As a pulmonologist I care for patients with diseases of the lungs, some of whom are already undergoing treatment for cancer. I see the majority of my patients in our Pulmonary Outpatient Clinic or by consultation.
My work with patients over the years has raised many interesting research questions. Among them is what to do with small abnormalities, such as lung nodules, that are found by accident among patients who have lung-imaging scans for other reasons. Most of these turn out to be benign, but they are understandably major sources of anxiety to patients.
I have also studied the implications of lung injury after allogeneic stem cell or bone marrow transplantation (a procedure in which a person receives stem cells or bone marrow from a genetically similar, but not identical, donor) and among patients with a weakened immune system. Finally, I study holistic medical approaches to managing breathlessness, including acupuncture and yoga.
I am a long-time member of both the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. In addition to writing more than 40 articles, book chapters, and abstracts, I have been invited to review for a number of our specialty’s key journals, including CHEST, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Thorax. I have been honored to speak at a number of symposia around the country on a host of pulmonary-related topics.
- Clinical Expertise: Pulmonary Disease
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, University of California, Los Angeles School, of Medicine
- Residencies: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Fellowships: The Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Board Certifications: Pulmonary Disease
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