Keck School Faculty

Richard Castriotta
Richard Castriotta
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medicine
2011 Zonal Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Richard J. Castriotta, M.D., FCCP, FAASM is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School (UTHealth). He has served as Professor of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UTHealth as well as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Chairman of the Institutional Ethics Committee and Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Pulmonary Diagnostic Services at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center in Houston. He has served as President of the Southern Sleep Society, Chair of the Connecticut Thoracic Society Section on Sleep Medicine, Chair of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Sleep NetWork Steering Committee, Chair of the ACCP Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork, a member of the ACCP SEEK Editorial Board and Vice Chair of the Southern Medical Association Chest Disease Section. He is now President of the Southern Sleep Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Distinguished Educator and Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His research interests involve REM sleep behavior disorder and Parkinson’s disease, sleep-related hypoventilation, complex sleep apnea and adaptive servo-ventilation, control of breathing in obesity, sleep architecture in agenesis of the corpus callosum and sleep-disordered breathing in heart and lung transplant patients, ventricular assist devices, and atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Castriotta is an internationally-recognized leader in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He has been a pioneer in the field of sleep medicine, establishing a sleep laboratory in 1981 and a formal sleep medicine fellowship program in 1999. He was the senior author on the papers establishing the safety and efficacy in using helium to treat acute severe asthma with consequent reduction in asthma mortality. He was instrumental in establishing the definitive diagnosis of sarcoidosis by imaging studies. He was the first author on the definitive study of sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury and he remains one of the world’s experts in this field.

Marquis Who's Who: Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

American College of Chest Physicians: Distinguished CHEST Educator, 2017

Castle Connolly: Top Doctors - Pulmonary Disease, 2016-2019

Houstonia Magazine: Houston's Top Doctors, 2014-2019

Before-bedtime passive body heating by warm shower or bath to improve sleep: A systematic review and meta-analysis Sleep Med Rev. 2019 Apr 19; 46:124-135. . View in PubMed

Irwin and Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine (edited by Richard SIrwin, Craig M Lilly, Paul H. Mayo and James M. Rippe). Managing Non-Pain Symptoms in Critically Ill Patients. 2018; 318-329. . View in PubMed

Sleep-disordered breathing in heart failure patients after ventricular assist device implantation and heart transplantation Panminerva Med. 2017 Sep; 59(3):221-229. . View in PubMed

Sense and Sensitivity: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Morning Blood Pressure, and Occult Hypertension J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 Jul 15; 13(7):861-862. . View in PubMed

Ventricular assist devices and sleep-disordered breathing Sleep Med Rev. 2017 10; 35:51-61. . View in PubMed

Sense and Sensitivity: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Morning Blood Pressure, and Occult Hypertension J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 07 15; 13(7):861-862. . View in PubMed

Screening for sleep apnea in the perioperative setting: looking for the right compromise Minerva Anestesiol. 2016 08; 82(8):914-5. . View in PubMed

Assessing risk of obstructive sleep apnea by STOP-BANG questionnaire in an adult surgical population screened in the preoperative anesthesia clinic Minerva Anestesiol. 2016 05; 82(5):605-6. . View in PubMed

Sleep Medicine: Comprehensive Guide to Its Development, Clinical Milestones and Advances in TreatmentEd by S. Chokroverty and M. Billiard. Springer. Sleep Disorders after Traumatic Brain Injury: Milestones in Perspective. 2015. . View in PubMed

Return to Lonesome Dove: when the patient wants to go home without surgery Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(1):68. . View in PubMed

Averaging of diffusion tensor imaging direction-encoded color maps for localizing substantia nigra Comput Biol Med. 2014 Aug; 51:104-10. . View in PubMed

High hypopnea/apnea ratio (HAR) in extreme obesity J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Apr 15; 10(4):391-6. . View in PubMed

Altered nigrostriatal and nigrocortical functional connectivity in rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder Sleep. 2013 Dec 01; 36(12):1885-92. . View in PubMed

Complex Sleep Apnea Sleep Medicine Clinics. 2013; 8(4):463-475. . View in PubMed

(Mis) perceptions and interactions of sleep specialists and generalists: obstacles to referrals to sleep specialists and the multidisciplinary team management of sleep disorders J Clin Sleep Med. 2012 Dec 15; 8(6):633-42. . View in PubMed

Sleep Disorders in Spinal Cord Injury Sleep Medicine Clinics. 2012; 7(4):643-653. . View in PubMed

Sleep disorders in patients with traumatic brain injury: a review CNS Drugs. 2011 Mar; 25(3):175-85. . View in PubMed

Reduced volume of the putamen in REM sleep behavior disorder patients Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2010 Dec; 16(10):645-9. . View in PubMed

Workshop on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in older adults Chest. 2010 Sep; 138(3):693-703. . View in PubMed

Thermal infrared imaging: a novel method to monitor airflow during polysomnography Sleep. 2009 Nov; 32(11):1521-7. . View in PubMed

The utility of delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging for identifying nonischemic myocardial fibrosis in asymptomatic patients with biopsy-proven systemic sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2009 Jul; 26(1):39-46. . View in PubMed

Hypoventilation after spinal cord injury Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 Jun; 30(3):330-8. . View in PubMed

Treatment of sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Apr 15; 5(2):137-44. . View in PubMed

Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment in children in the first year of life J Perinatol. 2008 Sep; 28(9):641-5. . View in PubMed

Body position and obstructive sleep apnea in 8-12-month-old infants Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2008 Jun; 72(6):897-900. . View in PubMed

Cognitive impairment in patients with traumatic brain injury and obstructive sleep apnea Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Oct; 88(10):1284-8. . View in PubMed

Role of sleep-wake cycle on blood pressure circadian rhythms and hypertension Sleep Med. 2007 Sep; 8(6):668-80. . View in PubMed

Prevalence and consequences of sleep disorders in traumatic brain injury J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Jun 15; 3(4):349-56. . View in PubMed

Sleep disorders associated with traumatic brain injury Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Oct; 82(10):1403-6. . View in PubMed

The effect of polysomnography on sleep position: possible implications on the diagnosis of positional obstructive sleep apnea Respiration. 1996; 63(5):283-7. . View in PubMed

Heliox therapy in acute severe asthma Chest. 1995 Mar; 107(3):757-60. . View in PubMed

Obstructive sleep apnea due to a carotid body paraganglioma Sleep. 1995 Jan; 18(1):53-4. . View in PubMed

Alpha-delta sleep in patients with a chief complaint of chronic fatigue South Med J. 1994 Apr; 87(4):465-70. . View in PubMed

The effect of circuit weight training on cardiovascular function in healthy sedentary males Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 1994; 14:378-383. . View in PubMed

A critical technico-ethical dilemma of current medicine HEC Forum. 1993 Mar; 5(2):77-82. . View in PubMed

Intensive care unit outcome in the very elderly Crit Care Med. 1992 Dec; 20(12):1666-71. . View in PubMed

Panda sign--avid and symmetrical radiogallium accumulation in the lacrimal and parotid glands Semin Nucl Med. 1991 Oct; 21(4):339-40. . View in PubMed

Recognition of distinctive patterns of gallium-67 distribution in sarcoidosis J Nucl Med. 1990 Dec; 31(12):1909-14. . View in PubMed

Helium-oxygen mixtures in intubated patients with status asthmaticus and respiratory acidosis Chest. 1990 Sep; 98(3):693-8. . View in PubMed

Adjustment of DLCO for varying COHb, and alveolar PO2 using a theoretical adjustment equation Respir Physiol. 1990 Sep; 81(3):303-11. . View in PubMed

Effect of inhaled triamcinolone on bronchial hyperreactivity and airways obstruction in asthma Ann Allergy. 1990 Feb; 64(2 Pt 2):207-12. . View in PubMed

Treatment of acute serum sickness by plasma ultrafiltration Am J Med Sci. 1987 Feb; 293(2):75-84. . View in PubMed

Strain variation of bacillus Calmette-Guerin-induced pulmonary granuloma formation is correlated with anergy and the local production of migration inhibition factor and interleukin 1 Am J Pathol. 1985 May; 119(2):223-35. . View in PubMed

[Sleep in Huntington chorea: its modification following lithium carbonate and lithium carbonate-haloperidol therapy] Riv Neurol. 1978 Nov-Dec; 48(6):708-16. . View in PubMed

[The sleep of the chronic chorea patient after pimozide therapy] Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1978 Mar 15; 54(5):456-9. . View in PubMed

[Effects of meclastine on nocturnal sleep in normal subjects] Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1977 Sep 15; 53(17):1407-10. . View in PubMed

[Methergoline and nocturnal sleep in normal subjects] Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1977 Sep 15; 53(17):1403-6. . View in PubMed

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