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Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine


Welcome to the homepage of the Division Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at MUSC. Our Division is firmly committed to excellence in clinical care, education and research.

Clinical care With a team of nationally-renowned faculty, the division offers a wide range of clinical services including general and specialized ambulatory clinics, in-patient pulmonary consultation, interventional bronchoscopy and critical care services. In addition, it provides multi-disciplinary comprehensive clinical-research centers related to interstitial lung diseases, sarcoidosis, rare lung diseases, atypical mycobacterial diseases, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, and the evaluation of sleep-disordered breathing, among many others.  Outreach clinics in Mount Pleasant and North Charleston extend pulmonary care to patients in the region. The Division has been listed regularly in the top hospitals by US News and World Report and takes great pride in providing outstanding clinical care to all of our patients.

Lynn M. Schnapp, MD
Education A major focus of the division is training the next generation of leaders in pulmonary medicine.   Under the leadership of Dr. Nick Pastis, our 3-year Fellowship Program provides outstanding clinical training leading to Board eligibility in both Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.  We also provide training and mentoring in laboratory- and patient-based research to Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellows.  The fellowship program offers customizable schedules to train physician-scientists and clinician educators. The Division plays an integral role in the education of medical students and house staff at the University Hospitals and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Research The investigative programs of the Division seek to increase our understanding of lung biology and disease, and utilize state of the art approaches ranging from molecular biology to clinical trials. We constantly strive to translate discoveries made at the bench into practices that will benefit patients. Major research interests include lung injury and repair, fibrotic lung disorders, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis and health services research.  Our clinical research programs participate in a number of national and international research networks including the NIH-funded "Genomic Research in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Sarcoidosis (GRADS) Study", and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Therapeutics Development Network.

Lynn M Schnapp, MD

Division Chief
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
Professor of Medicine




Congratulations to Julie Driggers, who has been selected as one of the Department of Medicine's Employees of the Quarter!

Julie was presented with the award at the Employee of the Quarter Ceremony on October 27th.


The MUSC Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group had it's inaugural meeting on September 24th

On September 24th, 26 patients and caregivers joined Speaker Jessica Gregorie at the first Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated! We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting in January 2016.

MUSC has achieved Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Magnet Recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence, and it is held by only 7% of hospitals across the United States. Congratulations to all of our nurses!

Watch Dr. Tim Whelan's video about Tips for Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis


Upcoming Events

Baylor’s Walk for a Cure
November 21st at 10am, at James Island County Park, Stono Shelter

Baylor’s Walk for a Cure, benefitting the ALPHA-1 Foundation’s Building Friends for a Cure, is this Saturday, November 21st.  Gather at the Stono shelter at 9am, and the walk will begin at 10am.  To donate or join the team, visit their website at

Adult Registration is $25
Child Registration is $10