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:
Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo (1992)
Residency, Chief Resident - Internal Medicine, Chief Resident - Internal Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo (1989)
Residency, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo (1989)
Internship, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo (1987)
MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo (1986)
BA, Bachelors, Canisius College (1982)
Medical Director, Respiratory Care, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2011-present)
Director, Pulmonary & Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory, VA Western New York Healthcare System (1997-present)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (1995-present)
Chief of Medicine, VA WNYHS (2015–2016)
Sleep Center Medical Director, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2011–2014)
Director, Intensive Care Unit, VA Western New York Healthcare System (2000–2003)
Awards and Honors:
Employee of the Month (2007)
Employee of the Year (2007)
Service Award (2005)
Award for Excellence in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine (2005)
Spotlight Recognition Award (2003)
Lieberman Award for Interest & Aptitude in Anesthesiology (1986)
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 $70,000
June 1997–June 1998 Pulmonary rehabilittion in patients with COPD VA/VISN2 Network Role: Principal Investigator $6,000
Mador MJ, Kufel TJ, Magalang UJ. Rajesh SK, Watwe V, Grant BJ. (2005) Prevalence of Positional Sleep Apnea in Patients undergoing Polysomnography. Chest 128 (4);2130-7, 2005. (Jun)
Haas C.E., Lin L., Cloen D., Kufel TJ, Moon R., Frerichs V. (2005) Transdermal absorption of Omeprazole in healthy volunteers. Journal of Am Pharm Assoc (Jan), 45: 473-478.
Haas C.E., Brazeau D., Cloen D., Booker, B.M., Frerichs V., Zaranek C., Frye, R. F., Kufel TJ. (2005) Cytochrome P450 mRNA expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes as a predictor on enzyme induction. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Jan)1432-1441.
Mador MJ, Bozkanat, E, Aggarwal, A, Shaffer, M, Kufel TJ. (2004) Endurance and strength training in patients with COPD. Chest (Jan), 125: 2036-2045.
Kufel TJ, Pineda LA, Junega RG, Hathwar R, Mador MJ. (2002) Does Diaphragmatic Fatigue Occur after High Intensity Exercise in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure? Eur Resp J. 20: 1399-1405, 2002. (Jan)
Kufel TJ. (2010) Lung Biology in Health and Disease -Respiratory Infections, Volume 232. In: Acute Bronchitis, Book Chapter, Lung Biology in Health and Disease, Vol. 232 - Respiratory Infections. Informa Healthcare, 40-47.
Kufel TJ, Grant BJB. (1997) In: Arterial blood gas monitoring:respiratory assessment.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine; Member (2011–present)
Society of Critical Care Medicine; Member (1993–2003)
Western New York Pulmonary & Critical Care Society; Member (1992–2005)
American Thoracic Society; Member (1989–2005)
American College of Chest Physician, Fellow; Member (1989–2003)
American College of Physicians; Member (1987–2003)
"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)
Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine (6/1/10 - 7/1/15); Section Chief (2015–present)
VA WNYHS Interim; Chief of Medicine (2015–2016)
VA WNYHS Interim; Chief of Medicine (2015)
Buffalo VAMC Sleep Center; Director (2011–present)
Pulmonary Function Laboratory; Director (2008–present)
VA Network 2:Specialty Peer Review & Credentialing; Member (2003–present)
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)
Bylaws; Member (1998–1999)
Pulmonary Function and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory Buffalo VAMC; Director (1997–2008)
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