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Dr. Richard Bregman

Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Francis Hospital

Photo by Chris Humphrey Photographer.
Photo by Chris Humphrey Photographer.

[dropcap]Dr.[/dropcap] Richard Bregman serves as the medical director for the Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine.

“I chose pulmonary medicine because I have the opportunity to treat both acutely ill inpatients and provide longitudinal outpatient care,” says Dr. Bregman. “I developed my interest in sleep medicine during my pulmonary medicine fellowship as the symptoms and pathophysiology of both sleep apnea syndrome and pulmonary dysfunction are interconnected.”

In 1981, Dr. Bregman established Tulsa’s first sleep disorder center, which in turn became the first nationally accredited sleep disorder center in the city. He also founded Pulmonary Medicine Associates, which became the largest practice exclusively dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with pulmonary and related diseases – and the first pulmonary practice to provide direct patient care in Northeast Oklahoma.

Since beginning his career, he has seen much progress in the fields of critical care medicine and sleep medicine.

“In critical care medicine there have been so many advancements in terms of care for the critically ill patient that have improved survival rates,” Dr. Bregman says. “Also, there have been advancements in terms of diagnosis and treatment of a host of pulmonary diseases from bronchogenic carcinoma to reactive airways disease that have both improved survival rate and improved quality of life.”

He adds that some of the most clinically significant advancements in sleep medicine has been the treatment of sleep apnea syndrome – specifically improved technology for more successful therapy. For individuals experiencing problems, he encourages them to seek help.

“People should pay attention to the symptoms of sleep disorders and realize that treatment can make a major difference in terms of quality of life in the short term and potentially prevent long-term consequences of an untreated condition,” says Dr. Bregman. – Rebecca Fast