Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Robert Owens, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor


    • Sleep Medicine
    • Critical Care



  • The pathogenesis of sleep apnea
  • Sleep apnea and chronic lung disease
  • Sleep and delirium in the ICU
  • Mechanical ventilation in acute lung injury



  1. Owens RL, Hess DR, Malhotra A, Venegas JG, and Harris RS.  Effect of the chest wall on pressure-volume curve analysis of ARDS lungs.  Crit Care Med 2008 Nov; 36(11): 2980-5.  PMID: 18824918
  2. Owens RL, Malhotra A, Eckert DJ, White DP, Jordan AS.  The influence of end-expiratory lung volumes on measurements of pharyngeal collapsibility.  J Appl Physiol. 2010 Feb; 108(2): 445-51.  PMID: 19940097 NIHMSID 395927
  3. Campana LM, Owens RL, Clifford GD, Pittman SD, Malhotra A.  Phase Rectified Signal Averaging as a Sensitive Index of Autonomic Changes with Aging.  J Appl Physiol. 2010 Jun; 108(6): 1668-73. PMID: 20339014 PMCID: PMC2886688
  4. Jordan AS, White DP, Owens RL, Eckert DJ, Rahangdale S, Yim-Yeh S, Malhotra A.  The Effect of Increased Genioglossus Activity And End-Expiratory Lung Volume On Pharyngeal Collapse.  J Appl Physiol. 2010 Aug; 109(2): 469-75 PMID: 20507968 PMCID: PMC2928593
  5. Sharma B, Feinsilver S, Owens RL, Malhotra A, McSharry D, Karbowitz S.  Obstructive Airway Disease and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Effect of Pulmonary Function.  Lung. 2011 Feb; 189(1): 37-41. PMID: 21132554 PMCID: PMC3417329
  6. Eckert DJ, Owens RL, Kehlmann GB, Wellman A, Rahangdale S, Yim-Yeh S, White DP, Malhotra A.  Eszopiclone increases the respiratory arousal threshold and lowers the apnea/hypopnea index in obstructive sleep apnea patients with low arousal threshold.  Clin Sci (Lond). 2011 Jun; 120(12): 505-14.  PMID: 21269278 PMCID: PMC3415379
  7. Wellman A, Eckert DJ, Jordan AS, Edwards BA, Passaglia CL, Jackson AC, Gautam S, Owens RL, Malhotra A, White DP.  A method for measuring and modeling the physiological traits causing obstructive sleep apnea.  J Appl Physiol. 2011 Jun;110(6):1627-37.  PMID: 21436459 PMCID: PMC3119134
  8. Rémi J, Pfefferkorn T, Owens RL, Schankin C, Dehning S, Birnbaum T, Bender A, Klein M, Adamec J, Pfister HW, Straube A, Feddersen B.  The crossed leg sign indicates a favorable outcome after severe stroke.  Neurology 2011 Oct 11; 77(15):1453-6.
  9. Campana LM, Owens RL, Suki B, Malhotra A.  Measuring upper and lower airway resistance during sleep with the forced oscillation technique.  Ann Biomed Eng. 2012 Apr;40(4):925-33.  PMID: 22127514
  10. Edwards BA, Sands SA, Eckert DJ, White DP, Butler JP, Owens RL, Malhotra A, Wellman A.  Acetazolamide improves loop gain but not the other physiological traits causing obstructive sleep apnoea.  J Physiol. 2012 Mar 1; 590(Pt 5): 1199-211.  PMID: 22219335
  11. Owens RL, Edwards BA, Malhotra A, Wellman A.  Expiratory resistance increases end-expiratory lung volume during sleep.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Apr 15; 185(8):e10-1.  PMID: 22505761
  12. Owens RL, Edwards BA, Sands SA, Butler JP, Eckert DJ, White DP, Malhotra A, Wellman A.  Upper airway collapsibility and patterns of flow limitation at constant end-expiratory lung volume.  J Appl Physiol. 2012 Sep 1; 113(5): 691-9PMID: 22628372.
  13. Owens RL, Campana LM, Hess L, Eckert DJ, Loring SH, Malhotra A.  Sitting and Supine Esophageal Pressures in Overweight and Obese Subjects.  Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Dec; 20(12): 2354-60.  PMID: 22695479.
  14. Campana LM, Malhotra A, Suki B, Hess L, Israel E, Smales E, DeYoung P, Owens RL.  The effect of lung stretch during sleep on airway mechanics in asthma.  Respir Physiol Neurobiol 2013 Jan 15; 185(2): 304-12.  PMID: 23041446.
  15. Sharma B, Neilan TG, Kwong RY, Mandry D, Owens RL, McSharry D, Bakker JP, Malhotra A.  Evaluation of right ventricular remodeling using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in co-existent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obstructive sleep apnea.  COPD. 2013 Feb; 10(1): 4-10.  PMID: 23272670
  16. Wellman A, Edwards BA, Sands SA, Owens RL, Nemati S, Butler J, Passaglia CL, Jackson AC, Malhotra A, White DP.  A simplified method for determining phenotypic traits in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.  J Appl Physiol. 2013 Apr; 114(7): 911-22.  PMID: 23349453
  17. Campana LM, Owens RL, Butler JP, Suki BS, Malhotra A.  Variability of respiratory mechanics during sleep in overweight and obese subjects with and without asthma.  Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013 May 1; 186(3): 290-5.  PMID: 23473922
  18. Owens RL, Edwards BA, Sands SA, Butler JP, Eckert DJ, White DP, Malhotra A, Wellman A.  The classical Starling Resistor model often does not predict inspiratory airflow patterns in the human upper airway.  J Appl Physiol (1985). 2014 Apr 15;116(8):1105-12. PMID: 24458746.
  19. Genta PR, Owens RL, Edwards BA, Sands SA, Eckert DJ, Butler JP, Loring SH, Malhotra A, Jackson AC, White DP, Wellman A.  Influence of pharyngeal muscle activity on inspiratory negative effort dependence in the human upper airway. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014 Sep 15;201:55-9. PMID: 25020212 
  20. Edwards BA, Wellman A, Sands SA, Owens RL, Eckert DJ, White DP, Malhotra A.   Obstructive sleep apnea in older adults is a distinctly different physiological phenotype.  Sleep. 2014 Jul 1;37(7):1227-36. PMID: 25061251
  21. Edwards BA, Sands SA, Owens RL, White DP, Genta PR, Butler JP, Malhotra A, Wellman A.  Effects of hyperoxia and hypoxia on the physiological traits responsible for obstructive sleep apnoea.   J Physiol. 2014 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25085887
  22. Gillis CM, Poyant JO, Degrado JR, Ye L, Anger KE, Owens RL.  Inpatient pharmacological sleep aid utilization is common at a tertiary medical center. J Hosp Med. 2014 Aug 6.  PMID: 25130534.



  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

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