Dr. Sharma joins TJU as the Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center to expand pulmonary sleep services
Dr. Sunil Sharma joined Thomas Jefferson University / Hospital Jan 21, 2013. This is part of a major new effort to expand sleep expertise in the in-patient setting and he will uniquely bridge the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center, with initiation of a new in-patient consultative service for patients with sleep disordered breathing.
Dr. Sharma will have a full-time appointment as a clinician educator at Thomas Jefferson University with his clinical time being split between Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center and the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Sharma’s clinical efforts will be directed in the following manner:
- Initiate and develop an in-patient sleep consultative and perioperative sleep assessment service; this will include management of portable sleep studies and optimal use of respiratory modalities targeting sleep disorders;
- Develop an active outpatient sleep practice in the Sleep Disorders Center, with emphasis on cardio-respiratory aspects;
- Participate in and develop a satellite outreach program in pulmonary & sleep medicine;
- Contribute to the collaborative multi-disciplinary pulmonary hypertension program;
- To expand pulmonary sleep services;
Dr. Sharma was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine & Pitt County Memorial Hospital for the past 5 years, where he initiated the sleep program at the University, with accreditation by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and was medical director of the sleep program. He has board certifications in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and sleep medicine. He will be an Associate Professor level at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Sharma is an experienced clinician educator, with an active practice that has included outpatient pulmonary & sleep clinics, in-patient consultative practice, and additional expertise in caring for patients with the complex pulmonary hypertension syndrome. He has great deal of experience in interpreting a variety of sleep studies as well as treating the spectrum of sleep disorders. Dr. Sharma also has experience in performing right heart caths and managing pulmonary hypertension, with particular emphasis in non-resolving thromboemboli.
Dr. Sharma has had various teaching responsibilities including core lectures for medical students; a variety of residency & fellowship lectures in sleep disorders and pulmonary medicine over 10 years. Dr. Sharma has organized (as a director or co-director) 4 annual CME programs in sleep medicine over the past 5 years.
Dr. Sharma lists a total of 20 publications, with the majority being as a first author and published over the past 2-3 years. These include original investigations, reviews, and case reports. He does not have current extra-mural funding but has obtained several smaller foundation grants in the past as well as local awards for research.
Dr. Sharma has given a variety of invited lectures as well as presented abstracts at national and international meetings. He has shown initiative and leadership in organizing courses, opened sleep labs, played leadership roles in hospital and university committees at several institutions.
Dr. Sharma will be a faculty member on the clinical educator track. Dr. Sharma will have several key milestones to accomplish here at Thomas Jefferson University:
- Establish local clinical credibility and reputation for excellence in pulmonary and sleep medicine in the ambulatory setting as well as the hospital, with extensive interaction with a variety of trainees, specialty colleagues and referring physicians;
- Initiate an in-patient consultative service as Director of Pulmonary Sleep Medicine focused on sleep disorders that currently does not exist, with a goal of increasing appropriate referrals to the lab; recognize the reimbursement changes occurring in sleep labs and innovate and anticipate greater utilization of home ambulatory testing;
- As an Associate Director of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center, contribute to the development of closer collaboration between pulmonary division and sleep disorders center for clinical program growth as well as fellowship training and scholarly efforts;
- Work with the leadership to develop an ambulatory strategy for sleep medicine in the region;
- Participate as a collaborator with the emerging obesity research group;