University of Pittsburgh

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh is deeply committed to a mission of providing the highest quality, compassionate patient care for patients with lung disease, to mentoring and training medical students, residents, fellows and young faculty, and to research and scientific discovery. PACCM possesses strong translational programs of clinical and research excellence in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, interstitial lung disease, sleep medicine, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, pulmonary vascular disease, HIV associated lung disease, critical care medicine and the functional genomics of lung diseases.  This comprehensive approach to lung disease reflects the deep commitment of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to support the mission of PACCM. 


Pat Strollo, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM

Dr. Patrick J. Strollo is a Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the Director of the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center and Co-Director of the Sleep Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.

He received his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1981 and trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary / Critical Care at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Executive Committee of the American Thoracic Society Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly.  He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Football League’s Cardiovascular Health Committee. He has been recognized by Best Doctors® in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in Pulmonary Disease.

Dr Strollo’s clinical work focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and long term management of Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Care of patients with neuromuscular disease.


Sanjay Patel, MD, MS

Dr. Patel's research interests focus on understanding the epidemiology of sleep disorders with particular emphasis on chronic partial sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea and the potential effects of these disorders on metabolism. He has published extensively on the subject of obesity management and glucose metabolism with sleep apnea, as well as the association between curtailed sleep and long term health effects. He has been one of the first to identify long sleep as a predictor of adverse health outcomes and is currently conducting a clinical trial evaluating the cardiovascular impact of treating sleep apnea in a diabetic population. 

Other interests include identifying genetic risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, understanding disparities in sleep disorders and their contribution towards cardiovascular health disparities, and identification of clinical and public health interventions to improve sleep in at-risk populations.