Nicholas Stollenwerk, M.D.

Nicholas Stollenwerk, M.D.


Pulmonary Medicine

Interventional Pulmonology

Critical Care Medicine

Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • Associate Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine-Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Medical Director, Pulmonary Services Laboratory
  • Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
  • Course Instructor of Record, Medical Student Pulmonary Pathophysiology
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Philosophy of Care

Patients want high quality medical care, and they want it provided in an efficient and timely manner.  They also want a health care provider that values communication; one that communicates with clarity and compassion.  I share these beliefs.  It is my goal to provide care that reflects these values.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Stollenwerk's clinical interests:

Pulmonary Medicine:  

  1. Interventional Pulmonology:  advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, airway interventions, and pleural disease management
  2. Lung cancer:  diagnosis, staging, and management
  3. Cystic fibrosis

Critical Care Medicine:

  1. Medical critical care
  2. Multidisciplinary care for critically ill subspecialty patients
  3. Bedside ICU procedures for the diagnosis and management of critical illness

Point-of-care ultrasound:

Independent of the specific disease being managed, I am interested in the application of ultrasound performed by the clinician at the time of direct patient care.  This application of point-of-care ultrasound can improve the safety of medical procedures, improve diagnostic accuracy, and help direct patient management and further diagnostic testing.

Research/Academic Interests

As a clinician-educator, my academic interests focus on bedside teaching, as well as course and curriculum development. 

Specifically, I am interested in the following:

  1. Developmental learning theory for training future physicians:  I am primarily interested in teaching learners the skills they need to become better future clinicians.  However, I am particularly interested in teaching students, and young physicians, how to become better leaders and teachers themselves.  It is also my goal for learners to develop the skills necessary to continue to learn after they finish training.
  2. Teaching procedures:  In additional to teaching basic and advanced procedures, I focus on improving procedure safety and teaching less invasive procedural approaches.
  3. Expanding the application of point-of-care ultrasound:  I am interested in expanding use in both in the inpatient and outpatient clinical setting, and for diagnosis and for therapeutic procedures.



Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 2001

B.S., UC Riverside, Riverside CA 1998


University of California Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance CA 2001-2005


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2005-2008

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, 2008

Professional Memberships

American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology

American College of Chest Physicians

American Thoracic Society

Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Program Directors

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Honors and Awards

Magna Cum Laude, BS, UCR/UCLA Biomedical Sciences Program, 1998

UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, Fellow of the Year 2006, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Sandrock C, Stollenwerk N. Acute febrile respiratory illness in the ICU: reducing disease transmission. Chest, 133(5): 1221-31, 2008.

Stollenwerk N, Harper RW, Sandrock CE. Bench-to-bedside review: rare and common viral infections in the intensive care unit--linking pathophysiology to clinical presentation. Crit Care, 12(4): 219, 2008.

Stollenwerk, N.S. and R.S. Tharratt. Asthma: Should you try a new approach? Cortlandt Forum, 39-40, 2007.

Stollenwerk, N.S. and R.S. Tharratt. Asthma: Should you try a new approach? The Clinical Advisor, 38-41, 2007.

Bhalla V, Nast CC, Stollenwerk N, Tran S, Barba L, Kamil ES, Danovitch G, Adler SG. Recurrent and de novo diabetic nephropathy in renal allografts. Transplantation, 75(1): 66-71, 2003.

Marten NW, Hsiang CH, Yu L, Stollenwerk NS, Straus DS. Functional activity of hepatocyte nuclear factor-1 is specifically decreased in amino acid-limited hepatoma cells. Biochim Biophys Acta, 1447(2-3): 160-74, 1999.