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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 2019
     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, 2015-19
  • 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

77 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

4.9 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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  • 4.9

13 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    February 26, 2019
    I feel really good about my care which has been very thorough and give me confidence that we have my lung issue completely under control!
  • 4.5
    February 08, 2019
    Good experience.
  • 5.0
    February 06, 2019
    All good.
  • 4.5
    February 06, 2019
    All good, no bad.
  • 5.0
    January 06, 2019
    Dr. Haber is so kind & so patient at EVERY visit. He makes sure any of my concerns are explained or taken care of before appointment is done.
  • 5.0
    January 01, 2019
    Dr. Haber is excellent - She made me feel at ease & felt important.
  • 5.0
    October 25, 2018
    No other way to put this: Dr. Haber is extraordinary.
  • 5.0
    September 26, 2018
    Dr. Haber is an excellent physician. He is concerned & caring. He spends more time with me than the other physicians I see, I feel that he truly cares about me not only as a patient but as a person.
  • 5.0
    September 04, 2018
    Dr. Haber is TOPS! He really cares & uses sign interpreter very well.
  • 5.0
    August 26, 2018
    When Dr. [...] left I was worried. Dr. Haber is just as good if not better!
  • 5.0
    July 19, 2018
    Dr. Haber is a compassionate, caring provider. Always explains things in a clear and calm manner, understanding of what a patient's concerns might be.
  • 5.0
    July 15, 2018
    Great experience!!
  • 5.0
    May 20, 2018
    Good experience. I would recommend him to friends and family.
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