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Chief, Section of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Intensive Care Unit
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.
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
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