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Chitra Lal MD

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Medicine
Academic Focus
  • *Sleep disorders
  • Sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
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Dr. Chitra Lal received her medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), University of Delhi, India in 1994.  After doing a residency in Pediatrics from MAMC, she completed an Internal Medicine residency from Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, Illinois (2000-2003) and a fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep medicine (2003-2006) from University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN.  After being in a hospital based practice in Maine for over 3 years where she also served as Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary Services, Medical Director of Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and Medical Director of the Sleep Laboratory, she moved back to academic medicine.  She served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC from 12/2009 to 11/2010.  She has been on MUSC teaching faculty as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine, since December, 2010.


Dr. Lal is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical care and Sleep medicine.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and is also a member of several other prestigious organizations related to her specialty.  She has been invited to speak at several regional and national meetings including the American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians annual meetings, and has published in reputed journals in her area of expertise.  She serves on several editorial boards and provides consultant services to various journals.  She is currently involved in sleep disorders research and has done research in the area of sarcoidosis as well.


Dr. Lal has been included in “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” for the years 2009-Present.  In addition to teaching and other academic and research activities and providing inpatient pulmonary and critical care coverage, Dr. Lal directs a busy Sleep clinic at MUSC and provides consultations for various sleep disorders.  Dr. Lal’s current outpatient clinical and research interests are focused on Sleep disorders.