Kathy E. Sietsema, M.D.
Chief, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Welcome to the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has a unique identity as both a public hospital and one of the major teaching hospitals of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The fellowship program in the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine offers a challenging and rewarding experience with a strong “physiology-based” focus.
The institution’s diverse patient population affords fellows experience with a wide range of pulmonary disease and critical illness. Clinical problems encountered include the full range of acute and chronic diseases (airways disease, interstitial lung diseases, infections and lung cancers) that are common to the specialty. In addition we care for difficult-to-manage tuberculosis and other conditions represented in the global population of Southern California. In recent years, we have greatly expanded our interventional pulmonary services which include linear and radial bronchoscopic ultrasound, airway stenting and ablations, navigational bronchoscopy, bronchial thermoplasty, and medical thoracoscopy. On the critical care service, fellows and attending physicians lead a team of interns and residents managing all aspects of critical illness while maintaining a priority on teaching. Rotations to our affiliate institutions afford fellows additional experience in highly specialized pulmonary services, a multidisciplinary approach to critical care, and the opportunity to work within a range of health care provider models.
Harbor UCLA offers a three year combined fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. It has a total complement of eight fellows, with two to three positions offered per year through the National Resident Matching Program. Click below for more information.
Our key clinical faculty are appointed through the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but are universally dedicated to education, research and clinical excellence. Click below for a full list of our clinical and research faculty.
The educational objectives of this three-day interactive program are: 1) an understanding of the physiologic basis of the gas exchange and related responses to exercise; and 2) the knowledge and procedures necessary for the appropriate conduct and interpretation of clinical exercise tests.
Offices Hours & Location
- Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine
1000 W. Carson Street, CDCRC: Box 402
Torrance, CA 90509-2910
- Program Coordinator
- General Contact
Phone: (310) 222-3801
- General Hours
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.