Maria Elena Vega Sanchez, MD

Assistant Professor, Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Sleep medicine
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Spanish
  • MD, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Quito, Ecuador
  • Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship, Sleep Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Board Certification
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
Awards and Honors
  • Most Outstanding Resident, Temple University Hospital
  • Sol Sherry Resident and Fellow Research Forum, Temple University Hospital



Contributing author of "Smoking and Lung Inflammation: Basic, Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research Advances" book sponsored by Springer Science and Business Media. Submitted for publication.

Paz-y-Mino C, Vega ME, Jervis P, Sanchez ME, Leone PE. Consejo Genetico. Metro Ciencia 2003:Vol. 12(2): 5-9.

Vega Sanchez ME, Marchettti N. 36-Year-Oid Woman with Chronic Cough and Pulmonary Nodules [internet]. New York: American Thoracic Society; 2008 [updated 2009 July 1].

Lammi M, Panetta N, Vega ME. Beyond The Blue: What Fellows Are Reading In Other Journals. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2012; 185: 1323-24.

Krachman SL,  Tiwari R, Vega ME, Yu D, Soler X, Jaffe F, Kim V, Swift I,  D’Alonzo GE,  Criner GJ. Effect of Emphysema Severity on the Apnea-Hypopnea Index in Smokers with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016. Jul:13(7):1129-35.

Vega ME, Civic B. A Tension Bulla Mimicking Tension Pneumothorax. N Engl J Med 2011; 365(20): 1915.

Vega Sanchez ME, Steiner R. Images in COPD: Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. Chronic Obstr Pulm Dis (Miami). 2015;2(4): In press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.2.4.2015.0162