Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

David Kristo

David Kristo, MD
Department of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh, USA

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Dr. David Kristo received his M.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1988. After completing his internship. Medical Residency, and Pulmonary Disease Fellowship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado he went on to an Army sponsored Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Subsequently he served overseas at the U.S. Army Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as Chief Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Combined (Medical-Surgical) Intensive Care Unit with direct support to all Allied casualties in peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. Dr. Kristo also helped start the first Sleep Medicine Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. In 1997 Dr. Kristo transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he ran the Sleep Medicine Service and led the military in establishing the first military sleep medicine center credentialed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Subsequently the Walter Reed Sleep Medicine Center also received approval as one of the two initial military medical centers to initiate sleep medicine fellowships. Dr Kristo was named the first Walter Reed Sleep Medicine Fellowship Director. Ultimately Dr. Kristo was promoted to Colonel Regular Army and served as the Chief of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Sleep at Walter Reed and received his fifth Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Kristo received an Army Achievement Medal for liaison work in following burn patients for a year after the Pentagon attack, has the Army “A” designator, received the Order of Military Medical Merit and is Airborne qualified, and was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences (USUHS) at Bethesda, Maryland. During a family illness Dr. Kristo took a final position at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD as Director of the Medical-Surgical ICU which remains in the direct medical support line for combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Dr. Kristo served on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Review Committee and ultimately chaired the committee while populating the Sleep web site with discussions of almost every sleep medicine disorder. Sleep has generated considerable and growing patient access interest. More recently, Dr. Kristo worked on the Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Clinical Guideline Task Force with generation of a clinical guideline paper. The OSA paper is meant to shape and direct how clinicians worldwide provide comprehensive care for obstructive sleep apnea.

Research Interest

Dr. David Kristo’s research interests include: Sleep Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea, Silent Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome (SUARS), positive airway pressure (CPAP)


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