Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Peter Dicpinigaitis Named Editor-In-Chief of LUNG

Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD
Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD

Peter Dicpinigaitis, MD, Professor of Medicine (Critical Care) and Director of the Montefiore Cough Center, has been named Editor-in-Chief of LUNG, a journal for pulmonary researchers and clinicians. Dr. Dicpinigaitis has served as Associate Editor since 2008; he will begin his tenure as EIC in October, 2019.

LUNG, a Springer publication, publishes original articles, reviews and editorials on all aspects of the healthy and diseased lungs, of the airways, and of breathing.

Lung journalDr. Dicpinigaitis, an authority on cough challenge testing, whose guidelines have been adopted worldwide, noted how the Editor-in-Chief position at LUNG has come full circle. First published in 1903, the European-based German-language journal was converted to an English language journal in the 1970s. M. Henry Williams, the former Chief of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Einstein, served as EIC in the 1980s and 1990s. The outgoing EIC, Dennis McCool, from Brown University, has been at the helm for the past 15 years.

“The editorship of the journal comes back to Einstein Montefiore,” Dr. Dicpinigaitis said.

“It’s an honor for me to assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of such a prestigious journal. My goal will be to continue the journal’s positive trajectory as established by my predecessor, but also to incorporate an eclectic group of new members onto the Editorial Board, so as to infuse new energy and ideas. One particular effort will be to promote more pulmonary-related, critical care-focused publications in the journal.”   

Dr. Dicpinigaitis currently serves as Site Director of Critical Care Medicine at the Weiler Division of Montefiore Medical Center. In 2003, he established the Montefiore Cough Center, one of the few specialty centers in the world dedicated to the evaluation and management of patients with chronic cough. To date, he has seen over 1800 patients referred for evaluation from near and far. Dr. Dicpinigaitis has served as a co-author of cough management guidelines published by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS). A major focus of his clinical research has been in the performance of cough challenge studies, which allow the measurement of cough reflex sensitivity. This methodology, employing the tussive (cough-inducing) agent capsaicin, has been adopted in international guidelines as the proposed standard method of cough challenge testing. Employing this methodology, he has performed and published numerous studies to evaluate potential antitussive drugs; to evaluate the effect of non-pharmacological interventions such as cigarette smoking and viral infections on cough reflex sensitivity; as well as to evaluate ethnic and gender differences in the cough reflex. During the past decade, Dr. Dicpinigaitis and colleagues have developed the concept of Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome to explain the underlying mechanisms of chronic refractory cough.  

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