Kathleen M Akgun MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary)


Research Summary

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.


Selected Publications

  • Akgün K and Siegel MD. Using standardized family members to teach end-of-life skills to critical care trainees. Crit Care Med, 2012; 40(6):1978-80. PMID: 22610211.
  • Akgün K, Crothers K, Pisani M. Epidemiology and management of common pulmonary disease in older persons. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2012; 67(3):276-91. PMID: 22337938.
  • Akgün K and Siegel MD. Stranger in a strange land: A traveler’s guide to chronic critical illness. Crit Care Med, 2012; 40 (1): 312-13. PMID: 22179354.
  • Akgün K, Pisani M, Crothers K. Epidemiology and outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients in the intensive care unit. J Intensive Care Med, 2011;26(3):151-64.
  • Akgün K, Huang L, Morris A, Justice AC, Pisani M, 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.

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