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Dr. Madhat Arnouk joins PCCAB Towson

Multi physician uses specialized knowledge of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to treat patients comprehensively.

We are thrilled to welcome talented pulmonologist, critical care physician and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Madhat Arnouk to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore. He will practice out of our Towson location.

Dr. Anouk is a board-certified physician specializing in critical care, pulmonary diseases and sleep medicine. His training in multiple specialties gives him a broad approach to patient care which results in improved outcomes. Dr. Arnouk says the opportunity to provide multi-pronged care made the PCCAB position even more attractive.

“The mix of inpatient and outpatient treatment in multiple specialties strengthens opportunities for positive patient outcomes,” said Dr. Arnouk. “It keeps our physicians at the top of our fields, enabling us to provide the best patient care.”

Dr. Arnouk is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, acute lung injuries and sepsis, as well as early screening and diagnosis for lung cancer. He works closely with patients to understand their expectations and goals, keeping them informed by sharing step-by-step results and options.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to help patients overcome injury and illness,” said Dr. Arnouk. “There’s nothing I love more than seeing my patients reach good health.”

Dr. Arnouk was previously the associate director of the Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Buffalo, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He performed cancer and pulmonary research at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he focused on lung cancer.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Arnouk, click here or call 410-494-1662.

PCCAB physicians named among Baltimore’s “Top Docs”

The latest Baltimore magazine list of “Top Docs” recognizes physicians from the Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore (PCCAB) as leading their specialties. Six of the seven pulmonologists named “Top Docs” are PCCAB practitioners, as are two of the three sleep medicine specialists and six of the twelve critical care physicians.

In all, nine PCCAB physicians are recognized as being the best in their fields. Drs. Linda Barr, Jason Birnbaum, George Pyrgos, Salim Rizk, Hasan Shakoor and Dr. Peter Sloane are recognized as the top pulmonologists in the region. Drs. Barr, Birnbaum, Pyrgos, Rizk and Shakoor are also recognized as the best intensivists in Baltimore, alongside Dr. Mitchell Schwartz. Drs. Brian Bohner and Jacques Conaway are recognized as the top sleep medicine physicians.

“Our physicians are deeply committed to providing the highest-quality patient care,” said Brian Bohner, Managing Partner of PCCAB. “We are proud to see their expertise recognized by Baltimore magazine and peer physicians from across the region.”

Just five percent of doctors in Greater Baltimore are named “Top Docs”. The listing culminates a nine-month selection process in which thousands of physicians are polled to determine which doctors are the best of the best in each specialty. The process is overseen by Baltimore magazine in conjunction with three independent physician advisors.

PCCAB practitioners are frequent honorees on the list. Drs. Birnbaum, Bohner, Conaway, Pyrgos, Rizk, Schwartz and Sloane have all been recognized in previous “Top Docs” listings, as has PCCAB pulmonologist Dr. Buescher.

The full selection methodology and complete list of “Top Docs” is available in the November 2018 issue of Baltimore magazine.

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep

Looking to improve your health, enhance productivity at work, and achieve personal goals? Sleep is the key. It may sound too simple, but getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night can improve your mood and protect you from health issues like heart disease and obesity. In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, leading PCCAB sleep physicians share five ways to improve your sleep health:

Make a plan

It’s common to schedule dates, workouts, and even phone calls—why not schedule sleep? Bedtime calculators, like the one offered by the National Sleep Foundation, can help you reverse-engineer your sleep schedule based on when you need to wake up. When you plan for healthy sleep, you’re more likely to stick to it.

Set the mood

Creating a bedtime ritual can signal to your brain that it’s time to slow down. Things like turning down the lights and reducing screen time in the hour before bed can help set the stage for a good night’s sleep. Scheduling the “do not disturb” function on your phone for bedtime hours can further reduce distractions and keep you in the right state of mind.

Put your data to use

Most modern fitness trackers report your sleep data, but do you know what it means? Assess your data to determine whether you’re meeting the National Sleep Foundation guidelines for quality sleep. You should be:   

  • Falling asleep in 30 minutes or less 
  • Waking up no more than once per night 
  • Awake for less than 20 minutes after initially falling asleep; and
  • Getting seven to eight hours of total sleep, with 85 percent of sleep occurring in bed

If you’re falling outside the guidelines for one or more of these areas, take action to get back on track. For example, if you’re waking at night, there are a range of free meditation apps that can help ease you back into restful sleep. InsightTimer and Calm are good starting points.

Use naps to fill in the gaps

If getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night isn’t possible for you, naps are a good replacement. Studies show that taking a short morning & afternoon nap can reduce stress and limit the effects of sleep deprivation. Aim to nap for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.

See a professional

If you’re following the steps above and still not getting the sleep you need, it’s time to see a professional. The board certified physicians at PCCAB provide consultative services, sleep studies, post-study review and CPAP therapy services to help you get your sleep back on track. PCCAB physicians are dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care. Request an appointment online or contact one of our locations today to make an appointment.