Octavian Ioachimescu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Dr. Octavian C. Ioachimescu graduated medical school at Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Romania, obtaining his MD degree in 1995. After graduation, he started a residency program in Pulmonary Medicine at Marius Nasta National Institute of Pulmonology, in Bucharest, Romania. Two years later, he became junior faculty for the Department of Pulmonology at the same Institute, where he served as Clinical Instructor until 2000, when he became board-certified in Pulmonology. In the USA, Dr. Ioachimescu trained in Internal Medicine at Yale University – Danbury Hospital from 2000 to 2003, after which he moved to the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed fellowship training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He was recruited to Emory University in 2007, and was given the mission to build a comprehensive Sleep Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  In 2007 he received an academic appointment as Emory University Assistant Professor of Medicine, and in 2012 was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. He completed his PhD degree in lung cancer at Marius Nasta Institute in 2008, by defending the thesis entitled “Volumetric analysis of pulmonary nodules”.  After joining the Emory faculty, he served in several leadership positions including VA Pulmonary Section Acting Chief, VA Sleep Medicine Section Chief, Director of the Atlanta VA Sleep Medicine Center, and site director for the Sleep Fellowship Training Program. He served in numerous regional, national and international professional organizations, including positions as member of the board of directors and president for Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals (GASP), member of the Education Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Chair of the Clinical Pulmonary Medicine Network Steering Committee and member of the Council of Networks of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). Dr. Octavian Ioachimescu’s research career is focused on obstructive lung diseases (asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD), pulmonary function testing, as well as sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. He has conducted several federal and industry sponsored clinical trials on patients with obstructive lung disease. Additionally, he is conducting several investigations in comparative research or point-of-care study of patient care delivery, including the use of telemedicine in the field of Sleep Medicine. In the last 5 years, he obtained three VA grants for implementation of telemedicine capabilities in the care of patients with sleep disorders. Dr. Octavian Ioachimescu continues to see patients and supervise undergraduate and graduate students, residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA, in all three disciplines of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and is very passionate about medical education. He received so far twice the “Teacher of the year” award from the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows and in 2014 he became a member of the Emory University Academy of Medical Educators.