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Dr Polotsky received his medical and PhD degrees from Pavlov’s Medical University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He moved to the US in 1991, where he received post-doctoral training in biochemistry and molecular biology at the NIH and Yale University. Dr Polotsky completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Norwalk Hospital in 1998 and a...more » Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002. Dr Polotsky is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.


He has served as a reviewer on NIH and AHA study sections and as an invited speaker at multiple ATS and AASM Symposia and Post-Graduate Courses and NIH workshops. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology and the American Journal of the Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr Polotsky has been a member of the ATS and the Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly since 1998. He has been active in the ATS serving as a member of the SRN Program Committee (2006-2011), Executive Committee (2008–present), and Planning Committee (2010-present). Dr Polotsky served as the Chair-Elect and Chair of the SRN Program Committee in 2008-10 and as the Chair of the Planning Committee (2010-present).


Dr Polotsky’s research is focused on the pathogenesis of metabolic complications of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr Polotsky’s work spans a broad area from cell culture and animal models to translational and clinical research. His laboratory has developed a mouse model of intermittent hypoxia, which mimics the nocturnal oxygen profile in patients with sleep apnea. Using this model, Dr Polotsky has made seminal contributions to the field discovering that intermittent hypoxia leads to hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Dr Polotsky and his multiple trainees have been funded by the National Institute of Health, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, National Sleep Foundation and the ResMed Foundation.



  • Discuss the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea and its outcomes
  • Review clinical evidence on the relationships between obstructive sleep apnea and the metabolic syndrome
  • Discuss potential mechanisms linking sleep apnea and the metabolic syndrome

Overall Goals and Objectives:

Following this activity, a participant should be able to:

1. Recognize recent advances and developments in Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care and translate into clinical practice

2. Integrate perspectives of multiple disciplines into decision-making on behalf of patients through structured plans for patient care.

3. Develop areas for future research and discuss appropriate methods to address these needs.

4. Summarize and continually improve communications as a team, caring for Pulmonary/Critical Care patients.

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