Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Kathleen sarmiento, m.d., m.p.h.


Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD

Pulmonary Sleep Medicine, VA San Diego Healthcare System



  1. Sleep Medicine
  2. Critical Care Medicine
  3. Chronic Respiratory Failure



  1. Healthcare access, resource utilization, healthcare policy
  2. Effects of treating obstructive sleep apnea on PTSD symptoms
  3. Ambulatory management of obstructive sleep apnea
  4. Perioperative risk and sleep apnea
  5. Cancer and obstructive sleep apnea: epidemiology, mechanisms, outcomes
  6. Medical education
  7. Quality Improvement

1994-1997     University of Arizona
                         Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences, Physiology
1998-2002     Tulane University
                          Doctor of Medicine
                          Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


2002-2005      University of Maryland
                          Residency in Internal Medicine
2005-2008      University of Maryland
                          Fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
2008-2009      University of Maryland
                          Fellowship in Sleep Medicine


  1. Schwartz E, Hayes B, Sarmiento K. Development of hepatic failure despite use of intravenous acetylcysteine following a massive ingestion of acetaminophen and diphenhydramine.in Annals of Emergency Medicine 2009 Sept;54(3):421-423. 2008
  2. Kohli P, Sarmiento K, Malhotra A. Update in Sleep Medicine 2012.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013;187:1056-60.
  3. Stepnowsky C, Zamora T, Barker R, Sarmiento K. Accuracy of Positive Airway Pressure Device-Measured Apneas and Hypopneas: Role in Treatment Follow-up. Sleep Disorders, vol. 2013, Article ID 314589, 6 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/314589
  4. Malhotra A, Neilan TG, Sarmiento K. Obstructive sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation: is the link real? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014; 64: 2024-5. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2014.07.990. PMID: 25440098
  5. Sarmiento K, Rossettie J, Stepnowsky C, Atwood C, Calvitti A; VA Sleep Network. The state of Veterans Affairs sleep medicine programs: 2012 inventory results. Sleep Breath [Epub ahead of print] 2015 Apr 30. PMID: 25924933
  6. Orr JE, Ishman SL, Sarmiento KF. Stimulating progress in the upper airway. Sleep 2015; 38: 851-2. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4724. PMID: 26039962
  7. Stepnowsky C, Sarmiento KF, Amdur A. Weaving the internet of sleep: The future of patient-centric collaborative sleep health management using web-based platforms. Sleep 2015; 38: 1157-8. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4882. PMID 26194574
  8. Hepokoski ML, Wali AR, Sarmiento KF. Mechanisms and implications of the link between sleep apnea and chronic kidney disease. Respirology. 2016. In press.

PubMed Listing of Publications



  1. Sarmiento K, Scharf S. Pulmonary circulation in obstructive sleep apnea, Book Chapter. Pulmonary Circulation, 3rd Ed. Editors Andrew Peacock, Lewis Rubin, and Robert Naeije. May 2011.
  2. Sarmiento K, Berg-Cross L. Counseling patients with chronic lung disease: Interdisciplinary strategies for reducing distress, Book Chapter. Integrative Therapies in Lung Health and Sleep, 1st Ed. Editors Linda Chlan and Marshall Hertz. 2011.
  3. Sarmiento K, Kitcher A. Ch 29: The lung in pregnancy. In: Timothy Morris, Andrew Ries, Richard Bordow, editors. Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine, 7th Edition. Philadelphia (PA): Wolters Kluwer Health, 2014.
  4. Sarmiento K, Loredo J. Ch 81: Sleep apnea, alveolar hypoventilation, and obesity hypoventilation. In: Timothy Morris, Andrew Ries, Richard Bordow, editors. Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine, 7th Edition. Philadelphia (PA): Wolters Kluwer Health, 2014.



  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine


Institutional Review Board, VA San Diego Healthcare System
VHA Systematizing Sleep Services Workgroup (developing infrastructure and policy related to sleep services)
VHA Sleep Medicine Field Advisory Committee
VHA Durable Medical Equipment Integrated Project Team
American Thoracic Society Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee
Associated Professional Sleep Societies Program Committee
National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care Program Committee

2013       American Sleep Medicine Foundation Junior Faculty Research Award
2014       Valedictorian, National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine
2014       Excellence in Teamwork Award, VA San Diego Healthcare System
2014       Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Program Funding                  Recipient
2015       American Thoracic Society Young Investigator Award
2016       Excellence in Leadership Award, VA San Diego Healthcare System
2016       Be the Difference Award for exemplary patient care, VA San Diego Healthcare                 System

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarmiento, contact 858-552-8585, ext. 3541

To contact Dr. Sarmiento: kfsarmiento@ucsd.edu