University of California, San Diego

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is committed to advancing the prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases through integration of patient care, biomedical research, and professional education. The vision of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is to provide innovative, exceptional, humanistic care for our patients; to perform important research that enhances the understanding of lung health and creates new ways to prevent, detect and treat respiratory disorders; and, to educate physicians to be outstanding clinicians, biomedical researchers, and leaders in medicine.


Atul Malhotra, MD

Atul Malhotra, MD, is a board-certified pulmonologist, intensivist and chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He is active clinically in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. In the sleep clinic, he provides a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric conditions. He has a special interest in the treatment of sleep apnea. 

Dr. Malhotra is the president of the American Thoracic Society. He has taught and presented his research on sleep-related disorders locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has published more than 200 original manuscripts in leading journals. He is a principal- and co-investigator on numerous projects relating to sleep apnea and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for many leading journals including the New England Journal of MedicineMayo Clinic ProceedingsSleep and the Journal of American Medical Association. To view a full list of his publications, visit PubMed.

As a professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. Malhotra is involved in training medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Malhotra practiced pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also served as attending physician in intensive care at King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda. He was associate professor at Harvard Medical School and medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sleep Disorders Research Program.

Dr. Malhotra completed his fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Harvard Medical School and a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He completed an internship at St. Thomas Medical Center in Akron, OH and received his medical degree from the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Malhotra is triple board-certified in pulmonary disease, sleep medicine and critical care medicine.