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Alan David Haber, MD, FCCP

Alan Haber, MD, FCCP

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Chief, Section of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine

Professor, Department of Medicine

Director, Intensive Care Unit

Treatment Focus

  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy and pleural procedures
  • Pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine consultation
  • Critical care services

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020
     Pulmonary Disease

Treatment Philosophy

My practice of pulmonary medicine began with an interest in the physiology (function) of the lungs. Shortly thereafter, I realized that becoming an excellent chest physician required not just an understanding of the mechanics of lung performance. It also meant having an appreciation of the day-to-day challenges of patients with lung disease.

Shortness of breath can be among the most frightening of medical symptoms. To live with this symptom chronically can seem unmanageable. My goal in the care of my patients is to minimize respiratory distress through judicious use of medications, procedures and education. My goal in my day-to-day interactions with families and staff is to treat others with respect, and to balance realism and hope as we negotiate difficult illnesses together.

Sleep problems in cancer patients are a particular interest of mine. This stems from my experience directing a sleep medicine laboratory before arriving at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2007. I also maintain specialized certification in sleep medicine. This is a field on the cusp of major advancements and I hope to be a part of this progress.

Cancer patients are faced with unique sleep issues. As they survive longer, these patients are subject to the usual sleep-related problems that plague non-cancer patients, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and insomnia. I hope to increase the awareness of sleep-related problems among my physician peers at Fox Chase and work towards improving the sleep health of our mutual patients.

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1991
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, and Chief Medical Resident, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 1988
  • BA/MD, 6-year Biomedical Program/Mathematics and Biomedical Science, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1984

Certifications

  • ABIM Diplomate: Internal Medicine
  • ABIM Diplomate: Pulmonary Medicine
  • ABIM Diplomate: Critical Care Medicine
  • ABIM Diplomate: Sleep Medicine
  • ABSM Diplomate: Sleep Medicine

Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
  • Member, American College of Physicians
  • Member, American Thoracic Society
  • Member, American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2015-20
  • America's Top Doctors®2015-17
  • Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service in Department of Medicine, Graduate Hospital, 2000
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.  Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, 1998
  • Postgraduate honors: Finalist, Howard K. Spiro, Jr., Faculty Excellence Award, Yale University School of Medicine, 1993
Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Sleep and Cancer
  • Cancer Survivorship
Publications

Selected Publications

Haber AD.  Ethics of the Fathers.  Ann Intern Med 2012; 156: 58-9.

Haber AD.  A Family Affair – Revisited.  Ann Intern Med 2010; 152: 612-13.

Haber AD.  A Family Affair.  Ann Intern Med 2007; 146: 753-4.

Sharma V, Galli W, Haber, AD, Pressman MS, Stevenson R, Myer T, Peterson DD, Zachariah J, Mercogliono G, Greenspon LW.  Unexpected Risks During the Administration of Conscious Sedation: Previously Undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Ann Intern Med 2003; 139: 707- 708.

Bouali H, Pace PP, Haber, AD.  A Man with Right Shoulder Pain and Resting Hypoxemia.  Journal of Respiratory Diseases 2002; 23: 341 – 343.

Sharma VK, Haber AD.  Acquired Methemoglobinemia: A Case Report of Benzocaine-Induced Methemoglobinemia and a Review of Literature.  Clin Pulm Med 2002; 9: 53:58.

Haber MM, West AB, Haber AD, Reuben A.  Relationship of Aminotransferases to Liver Histological Status in Chronic Hepatitis C.  Am J Gastroenterol 1995; 90: 1250 – 1257.

Beckett WS, Russi MB, Haber AD, Rivkin RM, Sullivan JR, Tameroglu Z, Mohsenin V, Leaderer BP.  Effect of Nitrous Acid on Lung Function in Asthmatics: A Chamber Study.  Environmental Health Perspectives 1995; 103: 372 – 375.

Haber AD, Beckett WS.  Role of Prostaglandin Synthesis in the Attenuation of Methacholine Effect During Repeated Inhalation Challenges in Normal Subjects.  Chest 1992; 102: 856 – 863

Ratings

147 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

  • 4.9
  • 4.9
  • 4.9
  • 5.0
  • 4.9

30 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    August 25, 2020
    Good experience.
  • 4.5
    August 24, 2020
    The respiratory part of my visit was very good. A good experience, always.
  • 5.0
    August 14, 2020
    Very helpful & professional doctor & staff
  • 5.0
    August 07, 2020
    Dr. Haber is an outstanding physician and I am fortunate to have him as my pulmonary doctor.
  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    Dr. Haber is a very professional and caring doctor. I liked him from the first time I met him and am lucky to have found him.
  • 5.0
    June 21, 2020
    Dr. Haber is very kind and smart. He is on my list of best doctors.
  • 5.0
    May 30, 2020
    I had an excellent telemedicine visit
  • 5.0
    May 29, 2020
    Dr. Haber is the most caring physician! He diagnosed me with a rare lung disease [...] in May 2012 and has been the best specialist I could hope for.
  • 4.4
    May 28, 2020
    Good.
  • 5.0
    May 24, 2020
    My visit was a teleconference. Dr. Haber answered my questions, checked all of my medications that were listed and prescribed a new med for me as needed. I felt that the appointment went very well.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2020
    Good.
  • 5.0
    May 21, 2020
    Dr. Haber is the best. He listens with respect to the patient and answers any questions one has. He always makes sure that there's nothing left uncovered before the appointment ends. I consider myself very fortunate to be under his care.
  • 5.0
    April 15, 2020
    good
  • 5.0
    April 07, 2020
    1st time appt. w/Dr. Haber he was wonderful and helpful for my needs sleep apnea.
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2020
    Always a good visit.
  • 5.0
    March 01, 2020
    [...] Dr. Haber is an OUTSTANDING physician, and human being. He's SIMPLY THE BEST!!!! [...], his assistant, is AWESOME, too! A MARVELOUS team!
  • 5.0
    January 23, 2020
    Very good experience. [...]
  • 5.0
    January 23, 2020
    good experience
  • 5.0
    January 19, 2020
    I've been seeing Dr. Haber once a year since 2018. He is professional in his attention and also listens and responds to what you say or ask. I feel I have his full attention. I'm happy he's on my team at Fox Chase.
  • 5.0
    December 14, 2019
    Professional and courteous encounter. Dr. Haber is an excellent physician.
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