Thomas J. Kufel MD

Thomas Kufel

Thomas J. Kufel

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Contact Information
Buffalo VA Medical Center
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 834-9200

Professional Summary:

My clinical responsibilities include care of inpatient and outpatient veterans at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

My clinical interests include diagnosis and management of a broad range of pulmonary and sleep disorders including hemoptysis, chronic cough, dyspnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. I serve as the section chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and as the director of the pulmonary function laboratory at the Buffalo VA Medical Center where I perform pulmonary function tests (PFTs) to evaluate a patient‘s respiratory status.

I am a pioneer in the use of telemedicine and use electronic communications to evaluate patients with sleep disorders. I am in the process of expanding the use of this technology in the care of pulmonary patients — particularly those patients with suspected lung cancer.

Education and Training:

  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1986)


  • Medical Director, Respiratory Care, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2011-present)
  • Director, Pulmonary & Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory, Pulmonary & Cardiopulmonary Laboratory, VA Western New York Healthcare System (1997-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1995-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1995-present)
  • Chief of Medicine, Medicine, VA WNYHS (2015–2016)
  • Sleep Center Medical Director, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2011–2014)
  • Director, Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2000–2003)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • July 1997–December 1999
    Respiratory muscle fatigue in patients with chronic heart failure
    AHA, New York State Affiliate
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • June 1997–June 1998
    Pulmonary rehabilittion in patients with COPD
    VA/VISN2 Network
    Role: Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Kufel TJ. Acute Bronchitis, Book Chapter, Lung Biology in Health and Disease, Vol. 232 - Respiratory Infections. 2010.
  • Kufel TJ, Grant BJB. Arterial blood gas monitoring:respiratory assessment. In: Principles and Practice of Intensive Care Monitoring, MJ Tobin, ed. McGraw-Hill, New York. 1997.

Professional Memberships:

  • Western New York Pulmonary & Critical Care Society; Member (1992–present)
  • American Thoracic Society; Member (1989–present)


  • "What's new in COPD & The nuts and bolts of CPCP & BiPAP" , VAMC, In-house nursing staff (1995)
  • "Respiratory muscle fatigue in elderly subjects" Pulmonary Research Conference, VAMC, Pulmonary & Critical Care (1995)

Service Activities:

  • VA Network 2:Specialty Peer Review & Credentialing; Member (2003–present)
  • Member, Academic Medical Services Executive Counsel; Member (2002–2003)
  • Research & Development Committee Member/VAMC; Member (2001–2002)
  • Ethics Consultation Team Member/VAMC; Member (1999–2003)
  • COPD Quality of Life Program/VAMC; Member (1999–2000)
  • Hospital Coordinator, 2nd Yeaar Medical Students; Clinical Practice of Medicine (1998–1999)
  • Ethics Committee Member/VAMC; Member (1998–2003)
  • Hospital Coordinator, 3rd&4th year internal medicine clerkships (1997–2001)
  • Manuscript Reviewer/Am.Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine; Reviewer
  • Manuscript Reviewer/Intensive Care Medicine Journal; Reviewer
  • Manuscript Reviewer/Journal of Applied Physiology; Reviewer
  • Manuscript Reviewer/Journal Title: Chest; Reviewer

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Contact Information

Buffalo VA Medical Center
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 834-9200