Meet Our 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
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine Education Committee Vice-Chair
  • Illinois Sleep Society President-Elect
  • Continuing Medical Education Course Director
  • Rush Sinus Allery, and Asthma Center Education Co-Director
  • 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

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