Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Leadership
J. Woodrow Weiss, MD
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine
J. Woodrow Weiss, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also the founder of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine and he remains a member of that Division's Executive Committee. Dr. Weiss is active clinically on the Medical Intensive Care Service at Beth Israel Deaconess. His research focuses on the cardio-respiratory consequences of intermittent hypoxia and arterial pressure control in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The laboratory uses human volunteers to examine causes of susceptibility to sleep apnea/ of cyclic intermittent hypoxia induced hypertension, and the laboratory uses animal models to study molecular pathways contributing to sustained chemoreflex hypersensitivity and its contribution to elevated arterial pressure after cyclic intermittent hypoxia.
Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD
Associate Division Chief
Dr. Richard M. Schwartzstein is Associate Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) where he directs one of only two national centers for the study and treatment of dyspnea (shortness of breath). The Asthma and Dyspnea Center at BIDMC specializes in the evaluation of patients with dyspnea of unclear etiology or breathlessness seemingly out of proportion to the patient's known pulmonary problems.
Dr. Schwartzstein's research has linked basic physiology on the control of breathing and respiratory sensations with clinical dyspnea. Dr. Schwartzstein's work has resulted in a greater understanding of the distinct qualitative aspects of dyspnea, the links between the verbal phrases used by patients to describe their breathing discomfort and the underlying pathophysiologic disorders causing dyspnea, and the origins of chest tightness in asthma. In recent years, Dr. Schwartzstein has increased his collaborations with Drs. Robert Banzett and Carl O'Donnell to examine the effect of emotional reactions to unpleasant sensations on the rating of dyspnea, and the role of inhaled furosemide as a potential treatment for air hunger.
Dr. Schwartzstein has a strong interest in medical education and holds several leadership positions in education at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School (HMS). He holds the positions of Vice President for Education at BIDMC and Faculty Associate Dean for Medical Education at HMS. Dr. Schwartzstein has been very active in the curriculum reform process at HMS and created one of the pilot curricula for the third year Principal Clinical Experience. He is also Executive Director of the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, and course director of Integrated Human Physiology at HMS.
Henry Koziel, MD
ICU Medical Director, BID Needham
Chief of Pulmonary, BID Needham
Henry Koziel, MD, is Director of the Lung Innate Immunity and Host Defense Research Laboratory in the Division. The main interest in the laboratory is to advance understanding of molecular events that define effective host-cell pathogen interactions. The primary focus of the research is innate immunity, the system of cell-based and soluble pattern-recognition molecules that coordinate the immediate and early responses to infectious challenge. Using tissue culture-based models, translational research studies focus on human lung macrophage host defense responses, including molecular mechanisms of phagocytosis, apoptosis, and autophagy in health and in the context of chronic HIV infection. Model pathogens include Pneumocystis, M. tuberculosis and influenza A virus. Funding for research is supported by the American Thoracic Society, Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Jennifer P. Stevens, MD
Associate Director of Intensive Care, BIDMC
Dr. Stevens is an attending physician in the medical intensive care unit and the inpatient pulmonary consult service. She serves as Assistant Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Her clinical focus is the care of the adult critically ill patient and her professional interest is the rapid-cycle improvement in the quality of critical care using highly granular data. She is involved with the training of medical students, residents, and pulmonary and critical care fellows at all stages of their training. She serves as core faculty for the BIDMC Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. Her research goal is to quantify and reduce the unnecessary variation in clinical medicine and to develop novel prediction rules to align critically ill patients with hospital resources. To achieve these goals, her research focus has included managing and anticipating hospital-acquired infections and ventilator-associated harms, improving the sub-specialty care of the hospitalized patient, and identifying the critical care needs of patients with on-going substance abuse.
Douglas J. Hsu, MD
Clinical Director, Finard MICU, BIDMC
Doug Hsu, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at BIDMC. His clinical interests are in the care of critically ill patients. He serves as an Assistant MICU Director, and he is also a patient safety and quality core faculty member in the Department of Medicine. He is interested in identifying inefficiencies in care and promoting institutional and systems-level health care change and innovation, and current research projects include examining and improving the care of patients hospitalized with drug and alcohol abuse and withdrawal.
Margaret (Molly) Hayes, MD
Associate Program Director, BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency
Clinical Director, MICU 6, BIDMC
Dr. Hayes is an attending physician in the medical intensive care unit, and an Assistant MICU Director. Her clinical interests range from mechanical ventilation in ARDS to ethical issues in withdrawing life sustaining support. She is passionate about medical education. Her educational and research interests are in improving end-of-life (EOL) care in the ICU by creating unique and effective ways to educate trainees and nurses about EOL communication and EOL care in general. She has designed end-of-life communication curricula and checklists for EOL care and is interested in studying how these and other educational tools can improve quality of life and quality of death in the ICU.
Anjali Ahn, MD
Clinical Director for Sleep Medicine
Dr. Ahn is an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the Sleep Practice Director for the sleep medicine clinic. Her clinical practice locations are at the Boston, Chestnut Hill, and Needham BIDMC campuses. Clinical interests include diagnosis and management of sleep apnea and other sleep-related breathing disorders, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, REM behavior disorder, and insomnia. She is ABIM board-certified in sleep medicine.
Robert Hallowell, MD
Clinical Director for Pulmonary Medicine
Dr. Hallowell is an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Center for Interstitial Lung Disease. His research interests focus on the pathophysiology of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and rheumatologic-related interstitial lung diseases.
Robert Joseph Thomas, MD, MMSc
Program Director, BIDMC-Harvard Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Sleep Disorders Laboratory, BID Needham
Dr. Thomas is an attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the ACGME-accredited sleep medicine training program, has primarily an outpatient sleep medicine practice but also attends in the in-patient sleep consult service. He is also the co-director of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine-accredited sleep center and clinical sleep program, the director of the Harvard Medical School Sleep Elective, and a host for the AASM International Mini-Fellowship program.
Dr. Thomas's research interests include cognition in sleep disorders, respiratory control during sleep and its treatment in complicated forms of sleep apnea including therapeutic use of low concentration CO2, non-linear signal analysis using the principle of coupled oscillation first demonstrated as the ECG-sleep spectrogram, and brain health in sleep disorders assessed using neuroimaging. He is involved in education from the student to the Fellow level, has designed innovative clinical pathways in clinical sleep medicine, has been awarded 3 patents, and his work is supported through multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, USA.
Melanie Pogach, MD
Associate Program Director, BIDMC-Harvard Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Melanie Pogach is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the BIDMC faculty in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Her research interests focus on the cardiometabolic effects of sleep fragmentation, intermittent hypoxia, sleep effectiveness, and circadian misalignment. Her clinical focus is in Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, maintains an outpatient sleep clinic, precepts and teaches Sleep Medicine fellows, interprets polysomnography, and attends on the inpatient sleep consult service. She was the sleep consultant for the Joslin Diabetes Center educational program on OSA and the Cardiometabolic syndrome and continues to participate in many medical educational programs through Harvard Medical School, discussing sleep apnea and sleep disorders. She serves as assistant Sleep Medicine fellowship program director at BIDMC and has been past Medical Director for the BIDMC Sleep Health Center Sleep Lab.
Asha Anandaiah, MD
Associate Program Director, BIDMC-MGH Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship
Dr. Anandaiah is an attending physician in the medical intensive care unit, the inpatient pulmonary consult service, and the outpatient pulmonary clinic. She serves as the BIDMC Site Director for the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, and she is involved in the supervision and training of pulmonary and critical care fellows in all of her clinical roles. She serves as Director of the Pulmonary Consult Service, and as a core faculty member of the ICU Communication course. Her clinical interests encompass general pulmonary and critical care medicine, with particular interests in pulmonary infectious disease and palliative care in the ICU. Her research interests have focused on tuberculosis; specifically, she has studied the role of chronic HIV infection in modulating the innate immune response to tuberculosis in lung macrophages.