Division of Chest and Critical Care
The Division of Chest and Critical Care provides expert care for a broad spectrum of pulmonary disease and sleep issues. Our pulmonary specialists diagnose and manage benign and malignant conditions, including thromboembolic disease, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Our intensivists also provide 24/7 in-house coverage at Scripps hospitals, serving adult medical-surgical ICU populations including transplants, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology/neurosurgery, and level 1 trauma. A number of our pulmonologists work in collaboration with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center to diagnose and treat lung cancer, including interventional pulmonology.
We also work with patients suffering from sleep disorders of varying complexities. Our team is on staff at the Viterbi Family Sleep Center, one of the nation’s most historied sleep centers, where they provide multidisciplinary care dedicated to comprehensive diagnosis and management of all sleep disorders. Our practitioners offer extensive home and inpatient diagnostics to identify and, where possible, begin to treat, sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and other neurologically-based sleep issues such as narcolepsy and circadian rhythm abnormalities. We also provide non-invasive ventilator support for patients with chronic respiratory failure, particularly in the setting of neurologic or neuromuscular disorders.
Our Division has a robust academic program. We have weekly conferences encompassing evidence-based literature review, and case reviews to help advance patient care to the highest level possible. We have developed co-management conferences with other divisions, such as Hepatology, Transplant, Trauma, Cardiology and Palliative care. Due to our multidisciplinary engagement we have developed protocols addressing complex clinical situations that have been adopted system wide.
Some of our faculty hold teaching positions at UCSD and Scripps Research. Our Division members are active in professional societies and hold leadership positions at American Thoracic Society, California Thoracic Society and National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care.