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Dr. Avi Kumar

Dr. Avi Kumar


Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) is a premier institution for postgraduate medical education and research, devoted to the study of chest diseases. The institute is maintained by and affiliated to University of Delhi and is funded entirely by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Joined the above prestigious institution through Delhi PG Medical Entrance Examination 2006 and underwent a three year postgraduate residency programme in pulmonary medicine. The residency programme had various academic and clinical activities including extensive training in outpatient and inpatient management of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases, emergency ward management, respiratory critical care medicine and sleep medicine.

The training also included working in various departments and laboratories:

  • Intensive respiratory care unit: Mechanical ventilation (Siemens Servo-i), non invasive ventilation ( Respmed BiPAP and CPAP machines), intensive care monitoring, chest tube drainage, pleurodesis, arterial blood gas analysis and other critical care activities.
  • Sleep laboratory: Diagnostic Polysomnography, Split Night Polysomnography with CPAP titration, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT).
  • Pulmonary function laboratory: Computerized lung function testing that include spirometry, lung volume estimation by helium dilution method, diffusion studies by CO single breath method, bronchodilator response, exercise bronchoprovocation testing and histamine challenge testing.
  • Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy and Autofluorescence Video Bronchoscopy: Bronchoscopic visualization of tracheobronchial tree, bronchoalveolar lavage(BAL), endobronchial and transbronchial lung biopsy(EBLB and TBLB) and transbronchial needle aspiration(TBNA) for various respiratory diseases.

Allergy skin testing and immunotherapy for aeroallergens.

Tobacco cessation clinic.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinic.

Special postings during residency period included:

Posted in New Delhi Tuberculosis Centre, New Delhi and Rajan Babu Tuberculosis Hospital, Delhi for a period of two months from 15.11.08 to 31.12.08. During this period, the training included management of MDR tuberculosis, Tubercular empyema, Tuberculosis and Diabetes, various complications of tuberculosis, their medical and surgical management as well as public health aspects of tuberculosis control in India.


MBBS, MD (Pulmonary Medicine)

DNB (Respiratory Diseases)

Professional Affiliations

Research experience and publications:

M.D. Thesis done as per the course (Pulmonary Medicine) requirements under the guidance of Prof. Ashok Shah , Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi

Title of the study: Occurrence of upper airway symptoms and their impact on quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Oral presentation of abstract named Occurrence of upper airway symptoms and their impact on quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Asia Specific Society of Respirology, 2009, 13th congress, Bangkok. Got Travel allowance from CSIR .

Had been lead author in chapter on the topic COPD and Atrial fibrillation in the book Atrial Fibrillation Update in 2016

Had been lead author on topic Incidence and impact of Upper Airway Symptoms in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease published in Arch Bronconeumol 2017;53(11).

Had been lead author on topic Frequency and effect of Type 1 hypersensitivity in patients from India with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and associated upper airways symptoms published in Asia Pac Allergy 2017;7,199-205

Had been lead author of the chapter Cardiodiabetes and obstructive sleep apnea published in book Cardio Diabetes 2017.

Had published Case report titled A rare Case of Sudden Onset of Respiratory Distress Due to Retrosternal Goitre Presenting to the Emergency Department in JMSCR 2017;5.

Had published Case report titled Hiatal Hernia : A rare cause of dyspnea presenting to the emergency department in JMSCR 2017,5.

Had been author on topic Chest Ultrasound: More sensitive and specific than Chest Xray in Diagnosing Pneumonia in JMSCR 2018; 3,383-390.

Had been main speaker in EMMERCON 2018 on topic of approach to patient with hemoptysis

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