About the Chair

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD

Lisa Brath, MD

Patrick Nana-Sinkam MD, is Chair of the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is a Professor of Medicine at VCU.

A native of Virginia, Dr. Nana-Sinkam received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College followed by an MD degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he served as Chief Medical Resident, and then completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After completion of training, Dr. Nana-Sinkam served on the faculty at the University of Colorado and as Associate Director of the fellowship training program. Dr. Nana-Sinkam served as the Director of Mentorship for the Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement at The Ohio State University. In this role, he led the implementation of formal mentorship programs in the College of Medicine and has demonstrated a deep commitment to fellow and faculty development. In addition, he served as Associate Director of Thoracic Center at the James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Nana-Sinkam joined the faculty at VCU in 2016.

Dr. Nana-Sinkam’s research has focused on the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer and identification of novel tumor biomarkers for early lung cancer detection and surveillance. He has been well funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes as well as by the National Cancer Institutes, and is currently Principal Investigator on two NIH R01 awards. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is the recipient of several research and teaching awards, including the CHEST/LUNGevity Award for Clinical Research in Lung Cancer and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Ohio State University. Dr. Nana-Sinkam is a member of the National Cancer Institutes Early Detection Research Network, and helped author the ACCP Lung Cancer Guidelines III (Molecular Biology of Lung Cancer). Dr. Nana-Sinkam has served as a member on a number of NIH study sections, and is an editorial board member for several scientific journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; Journal of Thoracic Oncology; Frontiers in Thoracic Oncology; and Lung Cancer Frontiers. Dr. Nana-Sinkam has published over 60 original scientific reports, 6 invited editorials/reviews, and 11 book chapters.

Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam
Chair, Division of Pulmonary Disesase and Critical Care Medicine
Email: patrick.nana-sinkam@vcuhealth.org