Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

About the Division

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The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine provides a vigorous and creative basic and clinical science core, an active clinical service, and a high quality teaching program. The Division provides service to all three Health Sciences Campus teaching hospitals: LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital through over 20 full-time faculty members with national and international reputations sharing the combined research, clinical and teaching missions.

The Division administers Intensive Care Units at LAC+USC Medical Center and Keck Hospital of USC. Consultative services to inpatients are provided at all three Health Sciences Campus hospitals. A weekly Chest Clinic at LAC+USC Medical Center renders care to over 4,800 patients annually. Over 3,800 private outpatient visits are conducted at the Ambulatory Healthcare Center. This year, more than 1,500 bronchoscopic examinations and other diagnostic procedures were performed by the Division. The Pulmonary Physiology Laboratories of all USC Health Sciences Campus hospitals processed about 13,000 arterial blood gases, 12,000 complete lung function tests and 1,300 sleep studies. The Division prides itself on the quality, depth and breadth of its clinical services. Patient and colleague satisfaction, along with state-of-the-art pulmonary and critical care medicine services, remain our primary clinical objectives.

Basic and applied research are the cornerstones of the Division, long known for cutting edge studies in mechanisms and regulation of water and electrolyte transport across the pulmonary alveolar epithelium. Applied research areas include genetic markers and gene regulation in lung injury, immunology in lung transplantation and AIDS, therapeutic interventions in interstitial pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis, and mechanisms of disease and consequences of infectious colonization in the chronically ill.

The Division remains strongly committed to providing the best possible educational environment and learning opportunities for USC medical students, housestaff, fellowship trainees and practicing physicians. Daily formal attending rounds are conducted on all our services and in all our hospitals for medical students, residents, and pulmonary fellows. These rounds take place at the bedside and culminate in a multidisciplinary discussion involving pulmonary physiology, radiology and pathology. An extensive daily conference schedule emphasizes case discussions and grand rounds conducted in cooperation with other specialties, including infectious diseases, pathology, radiology, immunology and genetics. In-depth lectures in clinical science and basic research are held regularly. Our well-rounded teaching program provides outstanding educational experiences for fellows, residents and medical students throughout the Health Sciences Campus.

Overall, the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine continues to build on a tradition of excellence in its tripartite mission. We strive to be the best in teaching, research and clinical care delivery. We look forward to continued growth in partnership with our colleagues in the Department of Medicine and the entire Health Sciences Campus community.

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