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Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine


About Us

The Division is at an inflection point with an accelerated growth phase. The Division, one of only four academic Pulmonary, Clinical Care and Sleep Medicine programs in North Carolina offering a three-year fellowship, has a broad-based faculty with interests and expertise in all aspects of the specialty: 

  • Outpatient consultative care
  • Medical Critical Care
  • All procedural aspects of the specialty, including interventional pulmonology and medical thoracoscopy
The Area

Eastern North Caorlina is predominantly rural with extensive respiratory disease. In fact, three of the top 10 causes of morbidity and mortality are due to respiratory disease. The tertiary medical complex subserves a region east of I-95 covering 1.5 million lives, being the state's largest referral center outside the Research Triangle area in Raleigh-Durham.


The Division has an active translational research program with several NIH grants, as well as corporate and device trials. We provide extensive laboratory facilities with access to cutting-edge techniques. In addition, our animal facilities support ongoing studies involving animal models of human disease (asthma, PAP, sarcoidosis). Targeted research areas include:

  • Sarcoidosis and lung inflammation
  • Cytokine biology
  • All aspects of lunch cancer and interventional pulmonology
  • Alveolar proteinosis and lung lipid homeostasis
  • Obstructive lung disease
  • Sleep related disorders

Our Division actively collaborates with faculty from other disciplines, including the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, microbiology/immunology, physiology, biochemistry/metabolism, and physics. The Division participates in regional and national networks for studying respiratory disease, including the bronchoscopy education project and a regional bronchoscopy database, the Rare Lung Disease Consortium, the Sarcoidosis Genetic Analysis group, and the N.C. COPD task force. 

The Division of Pulmonary , Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at BSOM/ECU is an academic environment which emphasizes excellence in critical care, as well as evolving research and training opportunities. The Division is actively looking to expand the faculty ranks as well as the fellowship program.

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