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Ali                            El Solh

Ali A. El Solh MD, MPH

Department of Medicine


Specialty/Research Focus

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; Sleep Medicine

Professional Summary:

I hold clinical appointment at the VA WNY Healthcare System. Aside of my administrative duties, I attend and supervise the sleep clinic at the VA

My research focuses on the association between sleep apnea and cardiovascular diseases. My laboratory examines the burden of oxidative stress on endothelial function and the link to endothelial apoptosis. As part of a VA merit review grant, we are engaged in determining the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on the manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans and whether treatment of sleep apnea alleviates the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. Toward that goal, we have adopted a patented screening tool to identify patients with sleep apnea.

My research in the critical care arena involves the epidemiology and risk factors of Pseudomonas infections with the type III secretory system. The goal is to develop a rapid diagnostic tool to identify these organisms early in the course of infection. My other projects include studying the role of adjuvant treatment with corticosteroids in the management of severe community acquired pneumonia, such as nursing home acquired pneumonia, the management of morbidly obese critically ill patients and the long-term outcomes of elderly patients after treatment from a critical care ailment.

Education and Training:
  • MPH, Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin (2002)
  • MD, Medicine, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1989)
  • BCs, American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1985)
  • Interim Chief of Staff, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2014-present)
  • Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Devolpment, Research and Devolpment, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2013-present)
  • Professor of Medicine, Medicine, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Director, James P. Nolan Clinical Research Center, University at Buffalo (2001-present)
  • Attending Physician/Pulmonary Service, Pulmonary, VAMC (1996-present)
  • Social and Preventive Medicine
  • Associate Professor, University at Buffalo (2004–2011)
  • Director/Medical ICU, Medical ICU, ECMC (1998–2008)
  • Member/Critical Care Committee, Critical Care, ECMC (1998–2008)
  • Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1998–2004)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (1997–1998)
  • Attending Physician, Buffalo General Hospital (1996–1998)
  • Clinical Instructor, University at Buffalo (1996–1997)
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Awards and Honors:
  • Visionary Innovator (2008)

Research Expertise:
  • Health care associated pneumonia
  • Morbid obesity in the intensive care unit
  • Sleep disordered breathing in cardiovascular disease
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • October 2012–September 2015
    A Randomized study comparing CPAP to oral appliance in patients with PTSD and sleep apnea
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2010–January 2015
    Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Low-Dose Methylprednisolone in Hospitalized Veterans with Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia. VA Cooperative study Program #574.
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • May 2011–May 2013
    VA Cooperative Study No. 574ESCAPe [Extended Steroid (in) CAP(e)]
    Veterans Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2010–January 2011
    Sleep apnea screening in patients with ischemic cardiac diseases. HSR&D Merit Review: PPO 10-087-1
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1999–December 2000
    Obstructive sleep apnea in ischemic heart disease
    Research for Health in Erie County
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 1998–December 1999
    The use of neural network in the diagnosis of sleep apnea
    Research for Health in Erie County
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2007
    Tigecycline Inhibits Staphylococcal Exotoxin-Induced Cytokines: An Anti-Inflammatory Property.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • January 2005
    Linezolid In The Treatment Of Subjects With Nosocomial Pneumonia Proven To Be Due To Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group.
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Articial Network Artificial neural network for predicting respiratory disturbances

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:
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  • El Solh AA, Sikka P., Davies J., Aquilina AT, Naughton BJ, Ramadan F, Grant BJ. Etiology of severe pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation in the elderly. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000; 161(A294).
  • El Solh AA, Mylotte JM, Sherif S., Serghani J., Aquilina AT, Hsiao CB, Grant BJ. Prediction of active pulmonary tuberculosis using artificial neural network. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1999; 159(A16).
  • El Solh AA, Hsiao CB, Goodnough S., Grant BJ. Outcome of patients with Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteremia predicted by recursive partitioning. (abstract). Chest. 1999; 116(369S).
  • El Solh AA, Mador MJ, Ten Brock E, Shucard D, Grant BJ. Validity of an artificial neural network in predicting sleep apnea. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1998; 157(A852).
  • Ten Brock E, El Solh AA, Miller M., Schnapp M., Graham S., Houck J., Grant BJ. The effect of partial ventriculectomy on exercise capacity and quality of life in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. (abstract). Chest. 1998; 114(312S).
  • El Solh AA, Mylotte JM, Sherif S., Serghani J., Grant BJ. Validity of decision tree for predicting active pulmonary tuberculosis from clinical and radiographic data. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1997; 155(A27).
  • El Solh AA, Nopper J., Sherif S., Aquilina AT, Grant BJ. Comparison of clinical and radiographic manifestations of uncommon nontuberculous mycobacterial disease in AIDS patients. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1997; 155(A134).
  • Grant BJ, El Solh AA, Stein P.D.. Artificial neural network for diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1997; 155(A112).
  • El Solh AA, Grant BJ. A comparison of severity of illness scoring systems for critically ill obstetric patients. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1996; 153(A362).
  • El Solh AA, Kumar N.M., Lwebuga-Mukasa JS. HIV-1 derived peptides modulate expression of protooncogenes in human bronchoalveolar carcinoma cell line, A549. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1995; 151(A161).
  • El Solh AA, Stubeusz D.L., Grant BJ. Outcome of patients with AIDS requiring mechanical ventilation predicted by recursive partitioning. (abstract). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1995; 151(A488).
  • Kumar M.N., El Solh AA, Nair M.P.N., Schwartz SA, Lwebuga-Mukasa JS. Induction of protooncogenes and apoptosis in uninfected lung alveolar epithelial cells by HIV-1 derived peptides. (abstract). Great Lakes Lung Conference, Ontario, Canada.. 1995.
  • Kumar, N.M., El Solh AA, Schwartz SA, Lwebuga-Mukasa JS. HIV-1 TAT and GP120-derived peptides modulate rat lung alveolar epithelial cell protooncogenes, and cytokine gene expression. (Abstract). Great Lakes Lung Conference, Ontario, Canada. 1994.
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • El Solh AA. What are the special considerations in the management of the morbidly obese patients in the ICU? Book Chapter in The Evidenced Based Practice of Critical Care. In Press.. 2010.
  • El Solh AA. Health Care Associated Pneumonia. Book chapter in Respiratory Infections. 2010.
  • El Solh AA. Anaerobic infections. Book chapter in Encyclopedia of Intensive Care Medicine. (In press). Encyclopedia of Intensive Care Medicine. 2010.
  • El Solh AA. Aspiration syndromes (chapter of Respiratory Emergencies). 2006.
  • Shucard D., Parmenter B., El Solh AA. Computer Analysis of Sleep. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation, 2nd Edition. 2006.

Professional Memberships:
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (1998)
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (1998)
  • American College of Physicians/Am. Soc. of Internal Medicine; Medicine (1993–1998)
Service Activities:
  • Editorial Board Member for Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews; Editorial Board Member (2004)
  • Journal Reviewer; Cochrane Anesthesia Review Group; Reviewer (2004)
  • Journal Reviewer; Critical Care Medicine; Reviewer (2004)
  • Journal Reviewer; Chest; Reviewer (2004)
  • Journal Reviewer; Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy; Reviewer (2004)
  • Member, Laboratory Medicine Utilization Review, ECMC; Member (2003–2004)
  • Editorial Board Member for the Am. Jrn. of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine; Editorial Board Member (2003)
  • Journal Reviewer; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Reviewer (2003)
  • Journal Reviewer; Journal of American Geriatrics Society; Reviewer (2003)
  • National Study Section; Research Council, American Lung Association of New York; Member (2003)
  • Member, Pharmacy&Therapeutics Committee, ECMC; Member (2001–2003)
  • Journal Reviewer; American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine; Reviewer (2001)
  • Member, Clinical Pathway Committee, ECMC; Member (2000–2003)
  • Member, Medical Executive Committee, BGH; Member (1997–1998)
  • Member, Mortality & Morbidity Committee, ECMC; Member (1992–1993)
  • Member, Quality Assurance Committee, ECMC; Member (1992–1993)
  • Member, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, ECMC; Member (1992–1993)

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Contact Information

VA Western New York
Medical Research Bldg
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 862-6528
Fax: (716) 862-6526

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