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Richard Castriotta

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Medicine
Phone+1 323 409 5858
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    Boston College High School, Boston, MA6/1963Science
    Holy Cross College, Worcester, MAA.B.06/1967pre-medical
    University of Bologna, Bologna, ItalyM.D.03/1974Medicine
    St. Raphael Hosp/Yale Univ, New Haven, CT6/1978Internal Medicine
    University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT6/1980Pulmonary Disease
    University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT12/1980Immunology
    University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany8/1964German
    University of Houston, Clear Lake, TX6/2001Busines Administration
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    Marquis Who's Who2018Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
    American College of Chest Physicians2017Distinguished CHEST Educator
    Castle Connolly2016  - 2019Top Doctors - Pulmonary Disease
    Houstonia Magazine2014  - 2019Houston's Top Doctors

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    Richard J. Castriotta, M.D., FCCP, FAASM is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School (UTHealth). He has served as Professor of Internal Medicine, and Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UTHealth as well as Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Chairman of the Institutional Ethics Committee and Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Pulmonary Diagnostic Services at Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center in Houston. He has served as President of the Southern Sleep Society, Chair of the Connecticut Thoracic Society Section on Sleep Medicine, Chair of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Sleep NetWork Steering Committee, Chair of the ACCP Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork, a member of the ACCP SEEK Editorial Board and Vice Chair of the Southern Medical Association Chest Disease Section. He is now President of the Southern Sleep Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Distinguished Educator and Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His research interests involve REM sleep behavior disorder and Parkinson’s disease, sleep-related hypoventilation, complex sleep apnea and adaptive servo-ventilation, control of breathing in obesity, sleep architecture in agenesis of the corpus callosum and sleep-disordered breathing in heart and lung transplant patients, ventricular assist devices, and atrial fibrillation.
    Dr. Castriotta is an internationally-recognized leader in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine as a clinician, teacher and researcher. He has been a pioneer in the field of sleep medicine, establishing a sleep laboratory in 1981 and a formal sleep medicine fellowship program in 1999. He was the senior author on the papers establishing the safety and efficacy in using helium to treat acute severe asthma with consequent reduction in asthma mortality. He was instrumental in establishing the definitive diagnosis of sarcoidosis by imaging studies. He was the first author on the definitive study of sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury and he remains one of the world’s experts in this field.

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    Electrophysiologi Biomarkers of Atrial Fibrillation inPatients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    SC CTSI Pilot Funding SC CTSIJul 1, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    National Registry of patients with interstitial lung disease
    Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation IRB 16-079012303Jan 1, 2016 - Jan 31, 2019
    Role: Site director for Houston

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    1. Haghayegh S, Khoshnevis S, Smolensky MH, Diller KR, Castriotta RJ. Before-bedtime passive body heating by warm shower or bath to improve sleep: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Med Rev. 2019 Apr 19; 46:124-135. PMID: 31102877.
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    2. Castriotta RJ, Reidy JE,McKelvy BJ, Barreda-Garcia J, Mak G. .Irwin and Rippe's Intensive Care Medicine (edited by Richard S. Irwin, Craig M Lilly, Paul H. Mayo and James M. Rippe). Managing Non-Pain Symptoms in Critically Ill Patients. 2018; 318-329.
    3. Castriotta RJ. Sense and Sensitivity: Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Morning Blood Pressure, and Occult Hypertension. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 07 15; 13(7):861-862. PMID: 28633716.
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    4. Chowdhury A, Mathew R, Castriotta RJ. Sleep-disordered breathing in heart failure patients after ventricular assist device implantation and heart transplantation. Panminerva Med. 2017 Sep; 59(3):221-229. PMID: 28488842.
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    5. Akkanti B, Castriotta RJ, Sayana P, Nunez E, Rajapreyar I, Kumar S, Nathan S, Majid R. Ventricular assist devices and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep Med Rev. 2017 10; 35:51-61. PMID: 27641662.
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    6. Sparkle T, Sridhar S, Corso RM, Castriotta R, Courtney S, Mullaly A, Hagberg CA, Cattano D. Screening for sleep apnea in the perioperative setting: looking for the right compromise. Minerva Anestesiol. 2016 08; 82(8):914-5. PMID: 26744266.
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    7. Cattano D, Sridhar S, Cai C, Mullaly A, Kainer L, Sparkle T, Castriotta RJ, Courtney S, Hagberg CA. Assessing risk of obstructive sleep apnea by STOP-BANG questionnaire in an adult surgical population screened in the preoperative anesthesia clinic. Minerva Anestesiol. 2016 05; 82(5):605-6. PMID: 26449776.
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    8. Castriotta RJ. Return to Lonesome Dove: when the patient wants to go home without surgery. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(1):68. PMID: 25562240.
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    9. Castriotta RJ, Wilde MC.Sleep Medicine: Comprehensive Guide to Its Development, Clinical Milestones and Advances in Treatment. Ed by S. Chokroverty and M. Billiard. Springer. Sleep Disorders after Traumatic Brain Injury: Milestones in Perspective. 2015.
    10. Ellmore TM, Murphy SM, Cruz K, Castriotta RJ, Schiess MC. Averaging of diffusion tensor imaging direction-encoded color maps for localizing substantia nigra. Comput Biol Med. 2014 Aug; 51:104-10. PMID: 24905890.
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    11. Mathew R, Castriotta RJ. High hypopnea/apnea ratio (HAR) in extreme obesity. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Apr 15; 10(4):391-6. PMID: 24733984.
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    12. Castriotta RJ, Majid R.Complex Sleep Apnea. Sleep Medicine Clinics. 2013; 8(4):463-475.
    13. Ellmore TM, Castriotta RJ, Hendley KL, Aalbers BM, Furr-Stimming E, Hood AJ, Suescun J, Beurlot MR, Hendley RT, Schiess MC. Altered nigrostriatal and nigrocortical functional connectivity in rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder. Sleep. 2013 Dec 01; 36(12):1885-92. PMID: 24293763.
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    14. Hayes SM, Murray S, Castriotta RJ, Landrigan CP, Malhotra A. (Mis) perceptions and interactions of sleep specialists and generalists: obstacles to referrals to sleep specialists and the multidisciplinary team management of sleep disorders. J Clin Sleep Med. 2012 Dec 15; 8(6):633-42. PMID: 23243396; PMCID: PMC3501659.
    15. Castriotta RJ, Wilde MC, Sahay S.Sleep Disorders in Spinal Cord Injury. Sleep Medicine Clinics. 2012; 7(4):643-653.
    16. Castriotta RJ, Murthy JN. Sleep disorders in patients with traumatic brain injury: a review. CNS Drugs. 2011 Mar; 25(3):175-85. PMID: 21062105.
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    17. Ellmore TM, Hood AJ, Castriotta RJ, Stimming EF, Bick RJ, Schiess MC. Reduced volume of the putamen in REM sleep behavior disorder patients. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2010 Dec; 16(10):645-9. PMID: 20846895.
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    18. Castriotta RJ, Eldadah BA, Foster WM, Halter JB, Hazzard WR, Kiley JP, King TE, Horne FM, Nayfield SG, Reynolds HY, Schmader KE, Toews GB, High KP. Workshop on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in older adults. Chest. 2010 Sep; 138(3):693-703. PMID: 20822991.
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    19. Murthy JN, van Jaarsveld J, Fei J, Pavlidis I, Harrykissoon RI, Lucke JF, Faiz S, Castriotta RJ. Thermal infrared imaging: a novel method to monitor airflow during polysomnography. Sleep. 2009 Nov; 32(11):1521-7. PMID: 19928392.
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    20. Cheong BY, Muthupillai R, Nemeth M, Lambert B, Dees D, Huber S, Castriotta R, Flamm SD. The utility of delayed-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging for identifying nonischemic myocardial fibrosis in asymptomatic patients with biopsy-proven systemic sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2009 Jul; 26(1):39-46. PMID: 19960787.
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    21. Castriotta RJ, Murthy JN. Hypoventilation after spinal cord injury. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 Jun; 30(3):330-8. PMID: 19452393.
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    22. Castriotta RJ, Atanasov S, Wilde MC, Masel BE, Lai JM, Kuna ST. Treatment of sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury. J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Apr 15; 5(2):137-44. PMID: 19968047.
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    23. Eason EB, Castriotta RJ, Gremillion V, Sparks JW. Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment in children in the first year of life. J Perinatol. 2008 Sep; 28(9):641-5. PMID: 18596715.
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    24. Pereira KD, Rathi NK, Fatakia A, Haque SA, Castriotta RJ. Body position and obstructive sleep apnea in 8-12-month-old infants. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2008 Jun; 72(6):897-900. PMID: 18423893.
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    25. Wilde MC, Castriotta RJ, Lai JM, Atanasov S, Masel BE, Kuna ST. Cognitive impairment in patients with traumatic brain injury and obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Oct; 88(10):1284-8. PMID: 17908570.
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    26. Castriotta RJ, Wilde MC, Lai JM, Atanasov S, Masel BE, Kuna ST. Prevalence and consequences of sleep disorders in traumatic brain injury. J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Jun 15; 3(4):349-56. PMID: 17694722.
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    27. Smolensky MH, Hermida RC, Castriotta RJ, Portaluppi F. Role of sleep-wake cycle on blood pressure circadian rhythms and hypertension. Sleep Med. 2007 Sep; 8(6):668-80. PMID: 17383936.
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    28. Castriotta RJ, Lai JM. Sleep disorders associated with traumatic brain injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001 Oct; 82(10):1403-6. PMID: 11588744.
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    29. Metersky ML, Castriotta RJ. The effect of polysomnography on sleep position: possible implications on the diagnosis of positional obstructive sleep apnea. Respiration. 1996; 63(5):283-7. PMID: 8885000.
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    30. Kass JE, Castriotta RJ. Heliox therapy in acute severe asthma. Chest. 1995 Mar; 107(3):757-60. PMID: 7874949.
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    31. Metersky ML, Castriotta RJ, Elnaggar A. Obstructive sleep apnea due to a carotid body paraganglioma. Sleep. 1995 Jan; 18(1):53-4. PMID: 7761743.
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    32. Manu P, Lane TJ, Matthews DA, Castriotta RJ, Watson RK, Abeles M. Alpha-delta sleep in patients with a chief complaint of chronic fatigue. South Med J. 1994 Apr; 87(4):465-70. PMID: 8153772.
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    33. Kass JE, Castriotta RJ.The effect of circuit weight training on cardiovascular function in healthy sedentary males. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 1994; 14:378-383.
    34. Castriotta RJ. A critical technico-ethical dilemma of current medicine. HEC Forum. 1993 Mar; 5(2):77-82. PMID: 10145798.
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    35. Kass JE, Castriotta RJ, Malakoff F. Intensive care unit outcome in the very elderly. Crit Care Med. 1992 Dec; 20(12):1666-71. PMID: 1458943.
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    36. Sulavik SB, Spencer RP, Castriotta RJ. Panda sign--avid and symmetrical radiogallium accumulation in the lacrimal and parotid glands. Semin Nucl Med. 1991 Oct; 21(4):339-40. PMID: 1754897.
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    37. Sulavik SB, Spencer RP, Weed DA, Shapiro HR, Shiue ST, Castriotta RJ. Recognition of distinctive patterns of gallium-67 distribution in sarcoidosis. J Nucl Med. 1990 Dec; 31(12):1909-14. PMID: 2266386.
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    38. Frey TM, Crapo RO, Jensen RL, Kanner RE, Kass JE, Castriotta RJ, Mohsenifar Z. Adjustment of DLCO for varying COHb, and alveolar PO2 using a theoretical adjustment equation. Respir Physiol. 1990 Sep; 81(3):303-11. PMID: 2259790.
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    39. Gluck EH, Onorato DJ, Castriotta R. Helium-oxygen mixtures in intubated patients with status asthmaticus and respiratory acidosis. Chest. 1990 Sep; 98(3):693-8. PMID: 2118449.
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    40. Zu Wallack RL, Kass J, Shiue ST, Godar TJ, Lahiri B, Schatz PL, Castriotta RJ, Glenn BR. Effect of inhaled triamcinolone on bronchial hyperreactivity and airways obstruction in asthma. Ann Allergy. 1990 Feb; 64(2 Pt 2):207-12. PMID: 2301782.
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    41. Kilpatrick JM, Pitt A, Allen S, Ainsworth SK, Castriotta RJ, Virella G. Treatment of acute serum sickness by plasma ultrafiltration. Am J Med Sci. 1987 Feb; 293(2):75-84. PMID: 3565456.
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    42. Kobayashi K, Allred C, Castriotta R, Yoshida T. Strain variation of bacillus Calmette-Guerin-induced pulmonary granuloma formation is correlated with anergy and the local production of migration inhibition factor and interleukin 1. Am J Pathol. 1985 May; 119(2):223-35. PMID: 3887931.
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    43. Puca F, Specchio LM, Genco S, Internò S, Castriotta R. [Sleep in Huntington chorea: its modification following lithium carbonate and lithium carbonate-haloperidol therapy]. Riv Neurol. 1978 Nov-Dec; 48(6):708-16. PMID: 154167.
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    44. Puca FM, Genco S, Specchio LM, Internò S, Castriotta R, Maggiore A, Leomanni R. [The sleep of the chronic chorea patient after pimozide therapy]. Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1978 Mar 15; 54(5):456-9. PMID: 153762.
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    45. Genco S, Puca FM, Specchio LM, Internò S, Castriotta R, Leomanni R, Dammacco F. [Methergoline and nocturnal sleep in normal subjects]. Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1977 Sep 15; 53(17):1403-6. PMID: 607949.
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    46. Puca FM, Genco S, Specchio LM, Castriotta R, Internò S, Maggiore A, Dammacco F. [Effects of meclastine on nocturnal sleep in normal subjects]. Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1977 Sep 15; 53(17):1407-10. PMID: 607950.
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