Kathleen M Akgun MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary)

Biographical Info

Research and Clinical Interests:
Critical care
Pulmonary disease in HIV and other immunocompromised hosts
Aging, HIV and critical illness
Palliative and end of life care in the intensive care unit (ICU)
Lung transplantation

Research Interests: Dr. Akgun's research is focused on critical illness in immunocompromised patients. Specifically, she is working with the Veteran's Aging Cohort Study (VACS) to investigate the risk factors for and incidence of (intensive care unit) ICU admissions in HIV-infected patients. She is currently funded by the American Subspecialty Physicians-American College of Chest Physicians CHEST Foundation investigating ICU admissions in older HIV-infected patients and the impact of age on ICU admission diagnosis and outcome in this patient population. Finally, she is looking at functional and quality of life outcomes in patients who survive ICU admission.

Representative Publications:
1. Akgün, K, Murphy, TE, Araujo, KLB, Van Ness, PH, Pisani, MA. Does Gender Impact Intensity of Care Provided to Older Medical Intensive Care Unit Patients? Critical Care Research and Practice. Vol. 2010 Article ID: 404608, 8 pages.
2. Akgün, K, Pisani, M, Crothers, K. Akgün, K, Crothers, K and Pisani, M. The Changing Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS Patients in the Intensive Care Unit. J Intensive Care Med 2011 May-June; 26(3):151-64. PMID: 21436170.
3. Akgün, K, Huang, L, Morris, A, Justice, AC, Pisani, M and Crothers, K. Critical Illness in HIV-Infected Patients in the Era of Combination Antiretroviral Therapy. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, 2011 June; 8(3):301-7. PMID: 21653532.
4. Akgün, K and Crothers, K. Lung Diseases in Aging HIV-infected Patients. In Aging and Lung Disease: A Clinical Guide, Springer Science and Business Media, Inc.

Education & Training

Yale Graduate School of Public Health
Rutgers University (1997)
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2001)
Intern physician
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine (2001 - 2002)
Resident Physician
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine (2002 - 2004)
Yale University, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (2004 - 2008)
Board Certification
Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Board Certified  (2008)
Board Certification
Pulmonary Disease, Board Certified  (2007)
Board Certification
Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Board Certified  (2012)
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, Board Certified  (2004)

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