David Lawrence Kamelhar is a native New Yorker who earned his BA Magna cum Laude from Yeshiva University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1974. He was trained in Internal Medicine at NYU Medical Center between 1974 and 1977. After a year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, he completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and its affiliated Hospitals: NYU Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center and New York Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospitals.
Dr. Kamelhar started his clinical practice in 1980 and has a faculty appointment as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, where he regularly participates in teaching medical students, residents and fellows at NYU's affiliated hospitals. He has lectured on various topics in pulmonary medicine to both physician and lay groups in New York City and at national meetings and has lectured abroad as well. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians.
His particular interests include chronic cough and the integrative approach to its diagnosis and management and cure. Optimizing a diagnostic approach while simultaneously recommending symptomatic relief customized for each patient remains the paradigm of his approach to cough. Evaluation of the sinuses, voice box and esophagus often plays a major role in this assessment and treatment process.
He is recognized throughout the Pulmonary academic community for his work in bronchiectasis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections (NTM) and is co-Director of NYU Langone Medical Center's Bronchiectasis Program and co-directs its yearly Symposium on Bronchiectasis and NTM.
Dr. Kamelhar has seen large numbers of patients with occupational lung diseases, particularly asbestosis, and those with accidental inhalation of toxic materials of many varieties. Since 2001 he has been involved in assessment of first responders and others who were exposed to World Trade Center dusts from 9/11. He sees many firefighters and police officers, both active and retired, regarding diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of their exposure to inhalation of damaging materials experienced while in harm's way over many years.
Dr. Kamelhar routinely confers with colleagues from his own institution, as well as with clinical, radiographic and pathology experts from around the region and the nation in event of a complicated diagnostic/management case in order to provide each patient with a treatment plan that is customized to their individual needs.
Dr. Kamelhar is Principle Investigator involving investigation of cough as it relates to the voice box and reflux-related disorders. He is as well Principle Investigator of a pioneering multi-institution study regarding the course of active non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection (NTM) managed with measures other than medication.
Dr. Kamelhar has been identified by his peers as one of the "Top Doctors in New York Metropolitan Area" and "America's Best Doctors" since 1997 as published by Castle Connolly Associates. Dr. Kamelhar has received the American Medical Association's Physician Recognition Award.
Please make an appointment today with Kamelhar-Teller Pulmonology. Call 212-685-6611