Mr. Ahmed El-Bershawi, MD
Critical Care Surgeon | Critical Care Medicine16305 Sand Canyon Ave, 225 Irvine CA, 92618
Dr. El-Bershawi is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of pulmonary and critical care conditions, sleep apnea, as well as many procedures: bronchoscopy, intubation, chest tubes, thoracenthesis, tracheostomy, and ventilation management. Dr. El-Bershawi is also trained in Endobronchial ultrasound “EBUS”, which is an innovative method of staging lung cancer. Dr. El-Bershawi completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, followed by a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center. Dr. El-Bershawi also completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of New Mexico Sleep Center. Some of Dr. El-Bershawi’s professional appointments include, Medical Director of the Riverside Intensivit Service, ICU and Respiratory Department at Riverside Community Hospital, Medical Director of the ICU and Respiratory Department at Parkview Community Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care at UCR School Of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Parkview Community Hospital. Dr. El-Bershawi is a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine.
Education and Training
Cairo University School of Medicine medical degree 0
Critical Care Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Pulmonary Disease (Internal Medicine)
Sleep Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal MedicineABIM
Mr. Ahmed El-Bershawi, MD's Expert Contributions
Your father has to see a sleep specialist so they can examine your father and diagnose appropriately. If indeed he has a sleep disorder that can be treated, then we need to treat it instead of prescribing a sleep aide, which will act as a bandaid solution. However, there are some patients that do benefit from a sleep aide, if they don't have a treatable sleep disorder or if they need a short-term treatment for insomnia related to stress. I would not recommend any long-term treatment with a sleep aide without a proper evaluation by a sleep specialist. READ MORE
It is not only about getting a CPAP, but rather about adjusting pressure and making sure the patient is compliant. The best way is to get a split study and CPAP sooner than later. READ MORE
A sleep expert has to find out why you can't sleep and treat that instead of just using a sleep aid. If a sleep aid is needed, we need to know what the underlying sleep issue is so the appropriate sleep aid is prescribed. GHADA ALY READ MORE
I highly recommend to follow closely with a sleep doctor. When long-term medications are needed, they should be monitored carefully so there are minimal side effects. READ MORE
I would recommend taking your medication 2 hours prior to bedtime. READ MORE
Sleep deprivation can cause disruption to many body systems. READ MORE
The fundamental treatment for sleep apnea is Continous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). However, if that is not tolerated, then the following is recommended: 1. Weight loss (BMI less than 29) 2. Treating nasal congestion and allergies aggressively 3. Treating GERD and heart burn aggressively 4. Positional therapy; sleeping on side 5. Evaluating and treating anemia and thyroid disease. Ultimately, my recommendation is to see a sleep specialist who can clinically assess your mother's condition and treat appropriatley. Thanks, Ahmed El-Bershawi, MD READ MORE
Insomnia is hard to treat. From what I gather, you have sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia. I would highly recommend a visit with a sleep specialist to be able to have a detailed history to properly diagnose and treat. Ghada Aly READ MORE
Zolfresh is prescribed for people with sleep problems. The brand name of Zolfresh in the U.S. is Ambien. I would not recommend receiving advice on medications via an online forum and I highly recommend for you to see a sleep specialist to ensure you are receiving sound medical advice based on your health history/need. READ MORE
Any form of exercise significantly improves sleep for those who suffer from chronic insomnia. A recent study showed only study that exercise reduced the time it took to fall asleep and increased the length of sleep compared to a night in which no exercise was done. Although I would check with a sleep specialist to find out the cause of your insomnia, trying yoga or any form of relaxing exercises should help the quality of your sleep. READ MORE
I would recommend that you consult with a pulmonary specialist to discuss why you are having these symptoms and possibly do a Pulmonary Function Test, which can measure how well your lungs work. Ghada Aly READ MORE
Less than 5 apneas an hour is considered normal, but having a mask leak does make its use less effective. Proper mask adjustment is imperative to reach full benefit. It is likely the apenas could come to zero if the leak is eliminated. Please consult with a sleep specialist to assess your machine, and replace it if it is found to be faulty. Ghada Aly Chief Operating Officer READ MORE
It really depends on what is causing the sleep issue. I recommend consulting with a sleep specialist to determine best treatment for your particular case. A CPAP machine is continuous positive airway pressure therapy which is supposed to help a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A mouthguard could be beneficial for those who unconsciously grind and/or clench their jaw while they sleep. Ghada Aly Chief Operating Officer READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Associate Clinical Professor University of California Riverside School of Medicine 2016 - 2018
- Lung Problems
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American College of Chest Physicians
- Member MemorialCare Physician Society
- Kansas University Medical Center 2004
- University of New Mexico 2005
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Get to know Pulmonologist Dr. Ahmed El-Bershawi, who serves patients in California.
A top pulmonologist, Dr. El-Bershawi is the Founder and Medical Director of Pacific Pulmonary Medical Group, a private practice specializing in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.
As such, he is dedicated to the delivery of quality patient-centered care with a comprehensive, individualized and cutting edge approach. He is committed to providing high quality care to patients affected by pulmonary disease, sleep related disorders or life threatening critical illness.
Pacific Pulmonary Medical Group has grown to become one of the largest pulmonary, sleep, endocrinology, and critical care (including neurocritical care) practices in the Riverside and Orange County area. The group consists of a dynamic group of exceptionally trained physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners with a unifying philosophy to always place patients’ needs first.
Currently, Dr. El-Bershawi serves as the Medical Director of Pulmonary & Critical Care Services, both at Riverside Community Hospital and Parkview Community Hospital. He is also the Chief of Service of both the Respiratory Department and Sleep Center at Hoag Hospital in Irvine.
Some of his other professional appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and Chief of Staff at Parkview Community Hospital.
Regarding his educational background, Dr. El-Bershawi graduated with his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Kansas University Medical Center, and his fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of New Mexico Sleep Center.
Dedicated to excellence, the doctor is board-certified in pulmonary disease, internal medicine, and critical care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The ABIM is a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization driven by doctors who want to achieve higher standards for better care in a rapidly changing world.
Furthermore, he is board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a nonprofit organization that certifies physicians, PhDs, specialists, and technologists in the specialty of sleep medicine.
Among his professional affiliations, Dr. El-Bershawi is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians, the MemorialCare Physician Society, the American Thoracic Society, and the California Medical Association.
Pulmonology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract. A pulmonologist is an internal medicine physician who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions and diseases that affect the lungs, bronchial tubes, and the respiratory system, including the nose, pharynx, and throat.
Among Dr. El-Bershawi’s most notable achievements include Patients’ Choice Award (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008), Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011), and On-Time Doctor Award (2018, 2017, 2014).
In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his family. He speaks both English and Arabic.
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