Samuel T. Kuna, MD

Dr. Samuel KunaAssociate Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
Sleep Medicine Division

Chief, Sleep Medicine Section
Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19104
tel.: (215) 823-4400
fax: (215) 823-5876


  • BS: Muhlenberg College
  • MD: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kuna's primary academic goal is to develop an outstanding research program based in his clinical research in the management and pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Kuna is currently a leader of one of the projects in a program project grant (AI Pack, PI) that is evaluating the effect of continuous positive airway pressure treatment on cardiovascular disease risk factors in lean and obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea. He is the PI for the Penn clinical site in the NIH funded Sleep AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study, a randomized controlled trial examining the effect of weight loss on sleep disordered breathing in obese type 2 diabetics. He is PI on a VA Health Services Research and Development funded project evaluating the effectiveness of using video teleconferencing to deliver care to Veterans with PTSD and chronic insomnia.

Dr. Kuna's clinical activities are performed at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he serves as medical director of the VISN 4 Eastern Regional Sleep Center. He supervises and teaches medical students, house officers and fellows. Dr. Kuna received the 2003 Mark Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery, a national award given yearly by the Veterans Health Administration to a physician who has made outstanding contributions to clinical care. He and his colleagues at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center were winners of the 2012 Veterans Health Administration Innovation Competition for their proposal to conduct a pilot project on the remote ambulatory management of Veterans with obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Kuna is listed in the “Best Doctors in America: Eastern Region” database.

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Representative publications:

Weaver TE, Mancini C, Maislin G, Cater J, Staley B, Landis R, Ellenberg S, Ferguson KA, George CFP, Schulman DA, Greenberg H, Rappoport DM, Walsleben JA, Lee-Chiong T, Kuna ST. CPAP treatment of sleepy patients with milder OSA: Results of the CATNAP randomized clinical trial. Amer J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print]

Berry RB, Kushida CA, Kryger MH, Soto-Calderon H, Staley B, Kuna ST. Respiratory event detection by a positive airway pressure device. Sleep. 2012 Mar 1;35(3):361-7.

Kuna ST, Gurubhagavatula I, Maislin G, Hin S, Hartwig KC, McCloskey S, Hachadoorian R, Hurley S, Gupta1 R, Staley B, Atwood C: Non-inferiority of functional outcome in ambulatory management of obstructive sleep apnea. Amer J Respir Crit Care Med. 183: 1238-1244, 2011

Kuna ST, Badr MS, Kimoff RJ, Kushida C, Lee-Chiong T, Levy P, McNicholas WT, Strollo PJ Jr; ATS/AASM/ACCP/ERS Committee on Ambulatory Management of Adults with OSA. An official ATS/AASM/ACCP/ERS workshop report: Research priorities in ambulatory management of adults with obstructive sleep apnea. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2011 Mar;8(1):1-16.


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