Meet Our Faculty

 

We invite you to watch this video introducing our smart, accomplished, passionate and fun Rush Sleep Medicine Fellowship Faculty

 

Name Background

James Herdegen

James J. Herdegen, MD
Section Director Sleep Medicine
  • Section Director, Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center
  • Associate Professor, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Board certified also in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Areas of Expertise
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Cardio-metabolic aspects of sleep-disordered breathing
  • Glycemic control and sleep-disordered breathing
  • Cost-effective health care modeling

James Wyatt

James K. Wyatt, PhD
Director Section of Sleep-Wake Disorders and Sleep Research
  • Professor of Behavioral Sciences Rush Medical College (RMC)
  • Director, Section of Sleep Disorders and Sleep-Wake Research - Department of Behavioral Sciences
  • Director, RMC Elective Clerkship in Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Certified in the practice of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Licensed in Clinical Psychology
Areas of clinical expertise
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the insomnia disorders
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders
  • Assessment and remediation of suboptimal treatment adherence
  • Wrist actigraphic assessment of sleep and wakefulness

Alejandra Lastra

Alejandra C. Lastra, MD
Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program Director
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine- Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine ACGME fellowship Program Director
  • Continuing Medical Education Course Director
  • Rush Sinus Allery, and Asthma Center Education Co-Director
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Education Committee Vice-Chair
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Areas of expertise
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Obstructive Sleep Apnea overlap syndrome
  • Chronic Respiratory Failure
  • Treatment-Emergent and other Central Sleep Apnea disorders including Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Innovations in Fellowship Education

Elizabeth Culnan

Associate Director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Training Program
  • Behavioral Sciences, Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center
  • Certified in the practice of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Licensed in Clinical Psychology
Areas of expertise
  • Insomnia
  • Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders
  • Sleep and women’s health
  • Sleep in populations with neurological disorders

Patwari Pallavi

Pallavi Patwari, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine

  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Rush University Children’s Hospital
  • Board certified in Pediatrics, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Areas of expertise
  • Pediatric sleep medicine
  • Hypoventilation disorders
  • Sleep in pediatric critical illness

Aaron Kirkpatrick

Aaron Kirkpatrick, MD
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Board certified also in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Areas of expertise
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Chronic Respiratory Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma
  • Sepsis

Erika Kahan

Erika Kahan, MD
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • Board certified also in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Areas of expertise
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea/COPD overlap
  • Sleep disorders in women
  • Hypersomnias

Bantu Chhangani, MD

  • Faculty, Sleep Disorders Service and Research Center
  • Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Medicine
  • Diplomate in the Subspecialty of Sleep Medicine (ABIM)
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Lindsay McCullough, MD
Sleep Medicine Fellowship Associate Program Director
  • Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine summer of 2019
  • Board certified in Internal Medicine and BE for Sleep Medicine
Areas of expertise
  • Chronic disease management
  • Trainee education- focus on impact​ of sleep quantity and quality on overall health.
  • Narcolepsy

Phillip Losavio

Head, Section of Sleep Surgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Residency Program Director
  • Associate Professor and Section Head of Sleep Surgery
  • Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Rush University Medical Center
Areas of expertise
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for OSA
  • Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy
  • Resident Education

Elizabeth (Lia) T. Kalliath, DMD
  • Assistant Professor - Internal Medicine
Areas of expertise
  • Oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • Bruxism
  • Temporo-mandibular joint disorders

Health Care Team

Name Background

Ryan Todd Wilkin, DMSc, PA-C
  • Doctor of Medical Science
  • Physician Assistant
Areas of expertise
  • Sleep Related Breathing Disorders
  • Obesity Hypoventilation
  • Advanced Positive Pressure Modalities
  • Central Disorders of Hypersomnolence
  • Parasomnias
  • Sleep Related Movement Disorders

Colleen Durkin

Colleen Durkin, DNP, APRN

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN-Sleep Medicine)
Areas of expertise
  • Sleep apnea
  • Continuous positive airway (CPAP) and Bilevel positive airway
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Parasomnias

Henry Arantes

Henry B. Arantes, RPSGT
Sleep Center Supervisor
 
  • RPSGT – Registered Polysomnography Technologist with the BRPT (Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists) – June 2022
  • Sleep Center Supervisor
Areas of expertise
  • Sleep testing
  • Database management
  • Portable monitoring
  • Teaching