David Kamelhar, MD

David Kamelhar, MD, Kamelhar Pulmonary Medicine in New York City

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 1980. After a year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, he completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care 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 and has lectured on various topics in pulmonary medicine to both physician and lay groups in New York City and at national meetings. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians.


Dr Kamelhar treats patients with all forms of lung disease including asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), sarcoidosis and lung cancer.

He has seen large numbers of patients with occupational lung diseases, particularly asbestosis, and those with accidental inhalation of toxic materials of many varieties. He has been involved in assessment of first responders and others who were exposed to World Trade Center dusts from 9/11.

He is a recognized expert in evaluation of acute and chronic cough that may be caused by bronchiectasis, mycobacterial infection, sinus disease, reflux, allergy and by other more serious conditions. He believes that involving the patient in proper care of these and other pulmonary maladies is essential for success in managing chronic disorders such as asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.

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.

Some of his current projects include a joint investigation with the NYU Department of Radiology into the prospective value of chest computerized tomography (CT) scans in predicting which patients with mycobacterium avium in sputum cultures will develop clinical illness. The use of other sophisticated radiographic modalities in managing those patients will be studied, too. Meticulous clinical testing in the laboratory is one key to proper diagnosis.

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.