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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

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photo Rachel J. Givelber, MD

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-647-2461

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-2461
Fax: 412-692-2260
Administrative Assistant:
Cindy Hatfield
Phone: 412-647-2461
Fax: 412-692-2260
Education and Training
BA, Harvard College, 1985
MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1990
Massachusetts General Hospital, 1991
Internship, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1991
Residency, Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1993
Clinical Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Boston University Medical Center, 1994
Clinical & Research Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Boston University Medical Center, 1996
Research Fellow, Pulmonary, Sleep and Epidemiology, Boston University Medical Center, 1997
Research Interest
Dr. Givelber’s academic focus is in clinical education at the medical student, resident and fellow level. She teaches critical appraisal of the medical literature, and techniques to apply research studies to the care of individual patients.
She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and serves as the associate director of the pulmonary fellowship, and the director of the Evidence-Based Residency Curriculum for the internal medicine residency program.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Givelber splits her clinical time between inpatient consultation, and outpatient consultation and ongoing care of all types of lung disease. She has particular interest in sleep disorders, and the relation between sleep apnea and other medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and diabetes.
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Selected Publications:
Rice, TB, Foster, GD, Sanders, MH, Unruh, M, Reboussin, D, Kuna, ST, Millman, R, Zammit, G, Wing, RR, Wadden, TA, Kelley, D, Pi-Sunyer, X, Newman, AB. Sleep AHEAD Research Group. The relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and self-reported stroke or coronary heart disease in overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sleep. 2012; Sep 1;35(9): 1293-8.
Oktay, B, Rice, TB, Atwood, CW Jr, Passero, M Jr, Gupta, N, Givelber, R, Drumheller, OJ, Houck, P, Gordon, N, Strollo, PJ Jr. Evaluation of a single-channel portable monitor for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. J Clin Sleep Med. 2011; Aug 15;7(4): 384-90.
Zhu, X, Gadgil, AS, Givelber, R, George, MP, Stoner, MW, Sciurba, FC, Duncan, SR. Peripheral T cell functions correlate with the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Immunol. 2009; Mar 1;182(5): 3270-7.
Sanders, MH, Montserrat, JM, Farre, R, Givelber, RJ. Positive pressure therapy: a perspective on evidence-based outcomes and methods of application. Proc Am Thor Society. 2008; 5(2): 161-72.
Newman, AB, Foster, G, Givelber, R, Nieto, FJ, Redline, S, Young, T. Progression and regression of sleep-disordered breathing with changes in weight: the Sleep Heart Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2005; 165(20): 2408-13.
Gottlieb, DJ, DeStefano, AL, Foley, DJ, Mignot, E, Redline, S, Givelber, RJ, Young, T. APOE epsilon4 is associated with obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea: the Sleep Heart Health Study. Neurology. 2004; 63(4): 664-8.
Punjabi, NM, Shahar, E, Redline, S, Gottlieb, DJ, Givelber, RJ, Resnick, HE. Sleep-disordered breathing, glucose intolerance, and insulin resistance: the Sleep Heart Health Study. Am J of Epidemiology. 2004; 160(6): 521-30.
Sanders, MH, Givelber, RJ. Sleep disordered breathing may not be an independent risk factor for diabetes, but diabetes may contribute to the occurrence of periodic breathing in sleep. Sleep Med. 2003; 4(4): 349-50.
Walter, RE, Beiser, A, Givelber, RJ, O'Connor, GT, Gottlieb, DJ. Association between glycemic state and lung function: the Framingham Study. Am J Resp and Crit Care Med. 2003; 167: 911-916.
Notable Achievements
Rover Prize in Biochemistry, 1990
Best Doctor: Pulmonary Disease, Sleep Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, 2012-2016