Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine


Meet Our Faculty

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Photo of Dr. Kamyar Afshar Dr. Kamyar Afshar

Dr. Kamyar’s clinical and investigative interests include evaluation and management of lung transplantation; alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency/COPD and advanced stages management; sarcoidosis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and Interstitial Lung Disease management; and phenotypic variance in cystic fibrosis.

Photo of Dr. Praveen Akuthota Dr. Praveen Akuthota

Dr. Akuthota’s clinical interests include asthma; eosinophilic pulmonary disease, including EGPA (Churg-Strauss syndrome), eosinophilic pneumonias, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and hypereosinophilic syndromes; and critical care medicine. His investigative interests range from basic research in eosinophil immunobiology to clinical research in asthma and eosinophilic pulmonary diseases.

Photo of Dr. Mona Alotaibi MD Dr. Mona Alotaibi
Photo of Dr. Jeff Barry MD, MPH Dr. Jeff Barry

Dr. Barry grew up in Northern New Jersey and moved to Ann Arbor, MI for his undergraduate studies. He then moved to New York City to pursue a Master of Public Health before attending medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia. While in medical school, he won an Award of Excellence for Patient Safety from Abington Memorial Hospital and the Emmanuel M.…

Photo of Dr. Maksim Bazhenov Dr. Maksim Bazhenov

Dr. Bazhenov’s investigative interests include the role of sleep in memory and learning, cancer cell population dynamics, neural mechanisms in obstructive sleep apnea, information coding in the olfactory system, and the neural mechanisms of seizures.

Photo of Dr. Adnan Begovic Dr. Adnan Begovic

Dr. Begovic’s clinical and investigative interests include acute respiratory distress syndrome, medical treatment for drug dependence, staffing in intensive care units, and intensive care unit telemedicine.

Photo of Dr. Amy Bellinghausen MD Dr. Amy Bellinghausen

Dr. Bellinghausen grew up in Portland, OR, moving southward for college in the beautiful Napa Valley. She attended medical school and residency at Loma Linda University before coming to UCSD for fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care. While in residency, she was the two-time recipient of the William Von Pohle Award in Critical Care, chosen by the nurses and respiratory therapists of the medical ICU to honor one resident who excelled in critical care medicine.…

Photo of Dr. George Cheng Dr. George Cheng
Photo of Dr. Douglas J. Conrad Dr. Douglas Conrad
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Dr. Conrad’s clinical interests include diseases of the airways, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and diffuse bronchiecstasis.  His investigative interests include the response of airway epithelium to various stimuli particularly involved with inflammation; a focus specifically on the regulations of protein expression of CFTR and the lipid per oxidating enzyme 15-lipoxygenase using transgenic mouse models of asthma and pseudomanias aeruginosa pneumonia.

Photo of Dr. Laura E. Crotty Alexander Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander

Dr. Crotty Alexander’s clinical interests include critical-care medicine, asthma, and chronic inflammatory lung disease. Her investigative interests include asthma, microbial pathogenesis in the lung, innate immunity in the lung, hypoxia inducible factor, and extracellular traps.

Photo of Dr. Daniel Crouch Dr. Daniel Crouch

Dr. Crouch’s clinical interests include general pulmonary medicine, asthma and critical care medicine.  His investigative interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management and outcomes, chronic thromboembolic disease, cardiac arrest and resuscitation medicine and medical education.

Photo of Dr. Wael ElMaraachli Dr. Wael ElMaraachli

Dr. ElMaraachli’s clinical interests include Bronchiectasis, drug-resistant Tuberculosis and nontuberculosis Mycobacterial lung infections.  His investigative interests include drug-resistant Tuberculosis and improving Tuberculosis diagnostics through more efficient sample collection.

Photo of Dr. Peter Fedullo Dr. Peter Fedullo

Dr. Fedullo’s clinical interests include Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension, Acute venous thromboembolism, and critical-care medicine. His investigative interests include natural history, diagnosis, and therapy, of acute and chronic thromboembolic disease; and critical-care medicine.

Photo of Dr. Timothy Fernandes Dr. Timothy Fernandes

Dr. Fernandes’ clinical interests include venous thromboembolism, chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension.  His investigative Interests include epidemiology of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism, progression from acute PE to CTEPH and outcomes after pulmonary thromboendarterectomy.


Photo of Dr. Mark Fuster Dr. Mark Fuster

Dr. Fuster’s clinical interests include lung cancer, radiation tumor biopsy and lung injury, and thromboembolic pathophysiology.   His investigative interests include mechanisms of tumor neovacularization, roles of tumor glycoscylation in metastasis, role of proteoglycans in tumor lymphaticprogression, radiation tumor biology, and thromboembolism in cancer.

Photo of Dr. Mark Hepokoski Dr. Mark Hepokoski
Photo of Dr. Islam Ibrahim Dr. Islam Ibrahim

Dr. Ibrahim’s clinical interests include global challenges in treating COPD, diffuse interstitial lung disease, and upper airway dysfunction induced dyspnea.  His investigative interests include tissue culture techniques, TGF-BETA effect on te chemicaly injured retina, effect of various growth factors on the regeneration of the pigmented epithelium in the white New Zealand rabbit, and norcardiasis in HIV + Pleural Effusion.

Photo of Dr. Jisha Joshua MD Dr. Jisha Joshua
Photo of Dr. Biren Kamdar Dr. Biren Kamdar
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Advanced Lung Disease

Our Advanced Lung Disease Program is a nationally recognized, comprehensive program to treat lung diseases. Our team is dedicated to helping patients breathe easier, live longer, and enjoy a better life. Our lung experts provide highly specialized evaluations and treatment options for all patients suffering from complex lung diseases.

Critical Care

Our intensivists are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of care for critically ill patients in the ICU. This includes management of shock and respiratory failure with life support therapies such as mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). They also strive to better care through active research efforts.

Cystic Fibrosis

Specialized care and support services dedicated to improving the length and quality of life for adults with cystic fibrosis.

General Pulmonary

Our Pulmonary specialists care for patients with a variety of lung conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Pulmonary Emboli, Interstitial Lung Disease, Tuberculosis and Mycobacterial Lung Infections.

Pulmonary Rehab

The first to offer pulmonary rehabilitation in San Diego in 1968, UC San Diego Health is a leader in the management of chronic respiratory conditions. Our nationally recognized pulmonary rehabilitation program comprises a team of respiratory therapists and pulmonary specialists who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with chronic lung disease.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

UC San Diego Health is a worldwide leader in the diagnosis, treatment and research of pulmonary vascular disease.  Our pulmonary vascular disease program includes experts from pulmonary and cardiovascular services and emphasizes leading-edge treatments.


UCSD Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine has strength in clinical, translational and basic science research.  We have many NIH funded principal investigators in addition to a T32 training grant as well as industry and other funding sources.  We have expertise in all of the major diseases including asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, sepsis, ARDS, high altitude medicine, pulmonary vascular disease, lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, control of breathing, delirium among others

Sleep Medicine

Our sleep medicine team uses leading-edge technology to collect precise information about a person’s sleep movements, behaviors, and breathing patterns. These details help us identify even minor forms of sleep abnormalities.


Application of remote presence and monitoring technology for critical care patients


Highest quality comprehensive Lung Transplant care since 1989.  Compassionate environment to meet the health care needs of our diverse patients.

Committed to advancing the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases through integration of patient care, biomedical research, and professional education.