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Dr. Thomas Stern

Pulmonary Critical Care
Huntersville, NC
24 years experience male

Locations

Advanced respiratory and SLeep Medicine, PLLC

Huntersville, NC

Address

16507 Northcross Dr, Suite F, Huntersville, NC
Directions

Practice website

Fax

877-335-8171

About

Bio

Dr Stern has an undergraduate degree in computer science. After completing medical school he did residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics. He then completed fellowships in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He also completed a masters in clinical research. He worked for the department of internal medicine at Carolinas Healthcare System for 5 years where he established the first ABMS accredited fellowship in the history of the department. He started Advanced Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, PLLC in January 2010 that focuses on high quality patient centered care. He is a founding partner of Advanced Medical Research, LLC which participates in clinical trials for a variety of pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Specialties
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Pulmonary Critical Care

Licenses

United States: North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina

Doctor Q&A

70 Answers
11 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatments: While the underlying damage caused by cigarettes cannot be reversed, COPD symptoms can be greatly improved with current treatments.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pulmonary fibrosis: Pulmonary fibrosis is a pattern seen on ct scanning of the lung. There are several things that can cause fibrosis such as smoking, exposure to asbest... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Insomnia: The best treatment for insomnia is to identify the underlying cause and address it. The most common cause of difficulty falling asleep is stress or b... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
ADHD and sleep apnea: The diagnosis of adhd is based on observed symptoms outlined in the dsm 4 (see http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncbddd/adhd/diagnosis.Html). One exclusion criteria... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
DVT and PE: A thrombus is a blood clot that is attached to a vein and does not move. An embolus is a blood clot that has broken free and moves through the veins ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatment: The most important thing you can do for COPD is to stop smoking. Other treatments include inhaled medicines such as albuterol, ipratopium, tiotropium... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
ILD progression: Interstitial lung disease refers to a group of disorders that affect the area of the lung that supports the alveoli. In order to give a prognosis for... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Disability: Disability has nothing to do with the diagnoses you carry. There are patients with terminal diseases who still work. There is no reason sleep apnea ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Apnea risk: The biggest risk for sleep apnea is either being a man or post menopausal female. Other risk factors include obesity, age greater than 50, a neck siz... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleep apnea: It is not likely someone will die from sleep apnea alone. People that have comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease or morbid obesity may ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Apnea + fatigue: People with sleep apnea can be chronically fatigued, but not everyone with chronic fatigue has sleep apnea. Fatigue is a feeling of mental of physica... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Night terrors: The episodes at night sound like sleep terrors which are common in children. He is asleep when this is happening so there is nothing to worry about a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Peds sleep: All children wake up briefly several times an hour. Most go back to sleep immediately. Why is your child becoming fully awake? Ways to promote sleep... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Excessive sleepiness: Your level of sleepiness is abnormal and likely represents a sleep disorder. I would schedule an appointment with your primary care physician right a... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleep apnea diagnose: The only way to tell if you have sleep apnea is to be tested. Testing can be done both at home and in a sleep lab.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood - whcih is called hemoptysis - is most commonly caused by acute bronchitis or inflamed air tubes. Chain smoking can cause bronchiti... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Fever in kids: Most children get several viral infections a year which result in high fevers. Luckily children with normal immune systems will take care of the infe... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatments: The most important step in stopping a cough related to COPD is smoking cessation. There are also several prescription medicines that can be used to h... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Copd progression: Yes it is possible for COPD to progress even after you stop smoking. There are genetic diseases and exposures that can cause COPD independent of smok... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Hypersomnia: Physicians trained in neurology, psychiatry, and sleep medicine frequently prescribe wake promoting medicines. Some primary care physicians are comfor... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is often assigned to patients who have a dilated cardiomyopathy, no evidence of coronary artery disease on evaluation and a h... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Insomnia: The first step to address insomnia is to optimize sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene is summarized here : http://www.Drstern.Info/files/ahygiene.Pdf.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Crying it out: Children who cry themselves to sleep will frequently have sigh breaths even after they are asleep. There is no right way or wrong way to teach a chil... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleep apnea tretment: I am not aware that there are any beds that improve sleep apnea. Positional therapy - sleeping on your side or sitting up - may improve sleep apnea i... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Chest pain: In order to stop the symptom you have to treat the underlying cause. The list of ailments that can cause chest pain with breathing is very long. In ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Peds sleep apnea: The types of sleep apnea in children are the same as those in adults. Obstructive apnea occurs when the airway closes off usually form large tonsils a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Heart failure: The major symptoms of dialted cardiomyopathy can include shortness of breath with exertion, shortness of breath layng down, swelling of the lower ext... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
ILD research: Interstitial lung disease is a general term for a group of disorders that affect the area of the lung that supports our alveoli - or air sacks. There... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Dead space in lung: Dead space is a term used to describe an area of the lung where gas exchange cannot occur - it does not mean dead lung tissue. Everyone has dead spac... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Asthma or copd: Spirometry is a way to measure how the airways of the lungs are working. It is the measure we sue to make the diagnosis of asthma and copd. It is al... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pulmonary embolus: It depends. Sometimes the pain lasts seconds or minutes. If the embolus causes a part of the lung to die it can last for months.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
No chane needed: Airplane cabins are pressurized so you should not need to change your oxygen settings. You will need to make arrangements so you can bring oxygen wit... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
D ribose: There is some preliminary evidence that d ribose improves symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I am not aware of any data regarding its use... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Copd: A chronic pulmonary disorder is a disease that affects the lungs for a long time. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the lung disorder people g... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pulmonary embolism: Bones themselves do not cause a thrombus or embolus. When doctors treat bones with casts or surgery it slows the blood flow in the veins around those... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pursed lip breathing: What you are describing is called pursed lip breathing. It is a manuever that helps the airways stay open longer when someone is suffering from asthm... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Shortness of breath: I would start with your primary care physician. Typically shortness of breath is due to a heart condition or a lung condition. They can determine if... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are only inidcated if there is evidence of a bacterial infection. Most causes of fever and cough in an otherwise healthy 29yo are not due... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleepiness: Sleepiness is a symptom. If you are spending enough time sleeping and in bed then you most likely have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Discuss... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatments: The treatments for COPD are based on your symptoms and lung function. Mild asymptomatic COPD does not require treatment. Symptomatic patients may be... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleep apnea in women: Approximately 9% of working age women get sleep apnea. The incidence increases after menopause.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Respiratory failure: There are a couple causes of respiratory failure that can manifest differently. Respiratory failure from not getting enough oxygen usually causes peo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Bird flu: The symptoms of the bird flu are essentially the same as the regular flu - fever, malaise, cough. The bird flu can progress to pneumonia, respiratory... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Embolus: When an embolus enters an artery too small for it to fit through it will prevent blood from flowing through the artery. The tissue that relies on the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Pulmonary embolus: A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot from another part of the body travels through the veins and reaches the lungs. All the veins in the body emp... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Insomnia: The first step in treating insomnia is to follow good sleeping habits which are summarized here: http://www.Drstern.Info/files/ahygiene.Pdf.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Smoking: No. It is never safe to smoke weed.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
COPD treatments: There are two natural remedies that i can think of that improve COPD symptoms. The most important is smoking cessation. A second natural remedy that... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Central apnea: Central apnea is from dysfunction of the systems that control your respiratory drive. It is seen in patients with cardiovascular disease like heart f... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Sleep apnea: Patients with sleep apnea will have daytime sleepiness, moodiness, difficulty concentrating and unrefreshing sleep. They are at increased risk for hi... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stern is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Stern is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Didn't have room to say that I'm using my CPAP nightly, and having very low apnea readings now. I almost fell asleep on the escalator and I kept dozing off on the trolley this morning. Yet, I don't th...Read More
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Thank you! I've sent a letter to my sleep specialist, insistent on further investigation of my fatigue. My mother's health has worsened and relocation to a place where I may have to start driving has ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have severe sleep apnea 2. i will realize I'm not breathing too

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine, AR
Graduated 1997MD

Awards

Founding Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
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