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Wissam Chatila, MD


Wissam Chatila, MD


Associate Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Telephone:  215-707-3053

Email: chatilw@tuhs.temple.edu



Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Section of Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree, BS (Biology), American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1986


MD, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1990


Internship (Internal Medicine), Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1990-1991


Residency (Internal Medicine), Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1992-1993


Fellowship, Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT (Pulmonary Medicine), 1993-1995; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Critical Care Medicine), 1996; Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Sleep Medicine), 1997

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clinical Interests:

  • Managing patients with advanced lung diseases and COPD
  • Managing complex sleep disorders and identifying factors that will improve management of patients with sleep disordered breathing
  • Managing patients with acute and chronic respiratory failure

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board certification(s):

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Critcal Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

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professional affiliations:

  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians

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books/Book Chapters:


Chatila W, Krachman SL. Sleep at high altitude. In: Sleep A Comprehensive Handbook. Lee-Chiong T, (ed) John Wiley & Sons; 122:933-938, 2006


Krachman SL, Chatila W. Sleep in the intensive care unit. In: Encyclopedia of Sleep Medicine. Lee-Chiong T, (ed) John Wiley & Sons. 118:899-908, 2006


Krachman S, Chatila W, Criner GJ. Cor pulmonale and sleep disordered breathing in patients with restrictive lung disease and neuromuscular disorders. In: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Lynch JP, (ed) Thieme; 24:297-305, 2003


Chatila W, Criner GJ. Complications of Long-Term Ventilation. In: The Respir Care Clin 8: 631-647, 2002


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

24649371. Diaz-Abad M, Chatila W, Lammi MR, Swift I, D'Alonzo GE, Krachman SL, Determinants of CPAP Adherence in Hispanics with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep Disord 2014:(878213)2014

24634990. Chatila WM, Criner GJ, Hancock WW, Akimova T, Moldover B, Chang JK, Cornwell W, Santerre M, Rogers TJ, Blunted expression of miR-199a-5p in regulatory T cells of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compared to unaffected smokers. Clin Exp Immunol 177:1(341-52)2014 Jul

21513441. Krachman SL, Chatila W, Martin UJ, Permut I, D'Alonzo GE, Gaughan JP, Sternberg AL, Ciccolella D, Criner GJ, Physiologic correlates of sleep quality in severe emphysema. COPD 8:3(182-8)2011 Jun

20572416. Permut I, Diaz-Abad M, Chatila W, Crocetti J, Gaughan JP, D'Alonzo GE, Krachman SL, Comparison of positional therapy to CPAP in patients with positional obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med 6:3(238-43)2010 Jun 15

19776712. Panetta NL, Krachman S, Chatila WM, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its comorbidities. Panminerva Med 51:2(115-23)2009 Jun

19218194. Kelsen SG, Aksoy MO, Georgy M, Hershman R, Ji R, Li X, Hurford M, Solomides C, Chatila W, Kim V, Lymphoid follicle cells in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overexpress the chemokine receptor CXCR3. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 179:9(799-805)2009 May 1

18618242. Krachman SL, D'Alonzo GE, Permut I, Chatila W, Treatment of sleep disordered breathing in congestive heart failure. Heart Fail Rev 14:3(195-203)2009 Sep

18453370. Chatila WM, Thomashow BM, Minai OA, Criner GJ, Make BJ, Comorbidities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Proc Am Thorac Soc 5:4(549-55)2008 May 1

17566188. Krachman SL, Nugent T, Crocetti J, D'Alonzo GE, Chatila W, Effects of oxygen therapy on left ventricular function in patients with Cheyne-Stokes respiration and congestive heart failure. J Clin Sleep Med 1:3(271-6)2005 Jul 15

17364673. Weinstein MS, Martin UJ, Crookshank AD, Chatila W, Vance GB, Gaughan JP, Furukawa S, Criner GJ, Mortality and functional performance in severe emphysema after lung volume reduction or transplant. COPD 4:1(15-22)2007 Mar

16840390. Chatila WM, Hoffman EA, Gaughan J, Robinswood GB, Criner GJ, Advanced emphysema in African-American and white patients: do differences exist? Chest 130:1(108-18)2006 Jul

16304265. Krachman SL, Chatila W, Martin UJ, Nugent T, Crocetti J, Gaughan J, Criner GJ, Effects of lung volume reduction surgery on sleep quality and nocturnal gas exchange in patients with severe emphysema. Chest 128:5(3221-8)2005 Nov

16088550. Krachman SL, Criner GJ, Chatila W, Cor pulmonale and sleep-disordered breathing in patients with restrictive lung disease and neuromuscular disorders. Semin Respir Crit Care Med 24:3(297-306)2003 Jun

15486371. Chatila W, Nugent T, Vance G, Gaughan J, Criner GJ, The effects of high-flow vs low-flow oxygen on exercise in advanced obstructive airways disease. Chest 126:4(1108-15)2004 Oct

14718415. Chatila WM, Wynkoop WA, Vance G, Criner GJ, Smoking patterns in African Americans and whites with advanced COPD. Chest 125:1(15-21)2004 Jan

12602419. Chatila WM, Criner GJ, Complications of long-term mechanical ventilation. Respir Care Clin N Am 8:4(631-47)2002 Dec

12527618. Chatila WM, Furukawa S, Gaughan JP, Criner GJ, Respiratory failure after lung transplantation. Chest 123:1(165-73)2003 Jan

12527604. Krachman SL, Crocetti J, Berger TJ, Chatila W, Eisen HJ, D'Alonzo GE, Effects of nasal continuous positive airway pressure on oxygen body stores in patients with Cheyne-Stokes respiration and congestive heart failure. Chest 123:1(59-66)2003 Jan

11373458. Chatila W, Kreimer DT, Criner GJ, Quality of life in survivors of prolonged mechanical ventilatory support. Crit Care Med 29:4(737-42)2001 Apr

11029333. Chatila W, Furukawa S, Criner GJ, Acute respiratory failure after lung volume reduction surgery. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 162:4 Pt 1(1292-6)2000 Oct

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