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Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine is committed to its triple mission of providing excellence in patient care, being on the cutting edge of research, and promoting superior education & training.

Our internationally renowned faculty provides service to specialty clinics for patients with asthma, COPD, sarcoidosis, pleural disease, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, sleep-disordered breathing, and ICU survivors of ARDS.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is the education and research hub of one of the nation’s oldest and largest medical centers. Our Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine is part of the largest department on the UTHSC campus. We are committed to outstanding clinical care, education, and research.

Our professors educate the next generation of Tennessee physicians with the best available scientific, technological, and clinical knowledge. Our medical scientists seek to discover the causes of illnesses and to translate those discoveries into new therapies for curing and preventing disease.

Division News

First Year Fellows Attend Annual Midwest Introductory Bronchoscopy and Pleural Procedures Course

Fellows at Midwest conferenceOur first year Pulmonary Critical Care and Critical Care fellows and our associate program director, Dr. Pralhad Sharma had a great time at the Annual Midwest Introductory Bronchoscopy and Pleural Procedures Course hosted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota - July 13th-14th, 2023. Each year, our first-year fellows attend this course as a part of their fellow school curriculum. The course includes hands-on sessions on thoracic ultrasound, ultrasound guided thoracentesis, thoracostomy, airway anatomy, endobronchial biopsy, bronchoalveolar lavage, fluoroscopically-directed transbronchial lung biopsy, Basic foreign body removal, and Blind TBNA. See our Pulmonary-Critical Care team in action!

UT Sleep Medicine Fellowship Celebrates a Decade of Accreditation

Group image of Sleep faculty and fellowsThe Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was started in 2013 by Dr. Amado Freire. Since then, it has graduated 20 accomplished sleep fellows who have gone on to wide variety of career paths and a 100% board pass rate. Sleep fellows rotate in two-month blocks between our two sites, the Lt. Col Luke Weathers Jr. VA Medical Center and the Methodist Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, giving them sustained, continuous exposure to both adult and pediatric sleep medicine. The Sleep program commemorated their decade of achievement at the 2023 Sleep Graduation Celebration and held presented our founding program director, Dr. Amado Freire, a plaque and certificate of achievement in recognition of his service and dedication to the Sleep Medicine fellowship. View more photos of the celebration.

Sep 1, 2023