Nicholas Kolaitis, MD, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    University of California, Los AngelesBS06/2007Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
    University of California, San DiegoMD06/2012Doctor of Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoMAS06/2020Masters in Clinical Research
    University of California, Los Angeles06/2015Internal Medicine Residency
    University of California, San Francisco06/2017Advanced Fellowship in Heart-Lung and Lung Transplantation
    University of California, San Francisco06/2018Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco02/2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    UCSF Pulmonary and Critical Care2018The Jeffrey Golden Outstanding Clinical Fellow Award
    American Federation for Medical Research2018Western AMFR Scholar Award
    California Thoracic Society2017California Thoracic Society Scholar Award
    UCLA Medical Center2014Commendation of Excellence in Medical Student Teaching
    UCSD School of Medicine2012School of Medicine Leadership Award
    UCSD School of Medicine2011Gold Humanism Honors Society
    UCSD School of Medicine2012School of Medicine Primary Care Award
    UCLA2007Highest Departmental Honors
    UCLA2007College Honors
    UCLA2007Magna Cum Laude

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    Nicholas Kolaitis specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine, with a focus on lung transplantation and pulmonary hypertension. He is one of the attending physicians on the inpatient lung transplantation service, where he cares for patients with advanced lung disease before and after lung transplantation. His outpatient clinical time is split between three clinics (1) the lung transplantation clinic, where he sees patients with advanced lung disease before and after transplantation, (2) the pulmonary hypertension clinic, where he sees patients with pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary emboli, and (3) the general pulmonary clinic, where he supervises the excellent care provided by fellows in the UCSF Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program.

    Nicholas Kolaitis is the Director of Bronchoscopy at UCSF. He is a member of the executive board of the California Thoracic Society, where he also serves as the chair of the Career Development Committee, and as one of two California representatives to the American Thoracic Society, as part of the Council of Chapter Representatives. Additionally, he is active in the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, where he serves on the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry Liaison Committee.

    Nicholas Kolaitis' research focuses on ways to improve health-related quality of life for patients with advanced lung disease.

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    1. Clinical Differences and Outcomes between Methamphetamine-associated and Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 04; 18(4):613-622. Kolaitis NA, Zamanian RT, de Jesus Perez VA, Badesch DB, Benza RL, Burger CD, Chakinala MM, Elwing JM, Feldman J, Lammi MR, Mathai SC, McConnell JW, Presberg KW, Robinson JC, Sager J, Shlobin OA, Simon MA, Kawut SM, Glidden DV, Singer JP, De Marco T, Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry Investigators . PMID: 33064950.
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    2. Implementation of a Chatbot Mobile Health Intervention with Home Spirometry to Monitor Lung Transplant Recipients Remotely. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Apr 1; 40(4):s146. A. Odisho, J.P. Singer, A. Perez, L.E. Leard, R. Shah, J.A. Golden, M. Kleinhenz, N. Kolaitis, J. Maheshwari, A. Liu, B. Trinh, J. Kukreja, J. Greenland, D. Calabrese, S.R. Hays. .
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    3. Measuring Quality in Lung Transplant Care: The QUILT Initiative. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Apr 1; 40(4):s158. A. Venado, J.P. Singer, L.E. Leard, R. Shah, M.E. Kleinhenz, J. Golden, A. Perez, N. Kolaitis, D. Calabrese, J. Maheshwari, B. Trinh, J. Kukreja, S. Hays. .
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    4. Risk Factors and Rates of Fungal Infection in Lung Transplant Recipients Who Receive Posaconazole and Inhaled Amphotericin Combination Prophylaxis Therapy. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Apr 1; 40(4):s343. A.A. Perez, J.P. Singer, D. Calabrese, A. Venado, J. Greenland, L.E. Leard, R.J. Shah, N.A. Kolaitis, J.A. Golden, M. Kleinhenz, J. Kukreja, B. Trinh, S.R. Hays. .
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    5. Frailty is Associated with Subsequent Development of Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction Following Lung Transplantation. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Apr 1; 40(4):s301-s302. J. Maheshwari, J. Greenland, Y. Gao, S. Hays, P. Katz, P. Blanc, N. Kolaitis, J. Golden, J. Kukreja, R.J. Shah, L. Leard, B. Trinh, K. Covinsky, D. Calabrese, A. Venado, C. Huang, M. Kleinhenz, N. Sutter, G. Tietje-Ulrich, J. Singer. .
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    6. The Relationship between Anticoagulation and Mortality in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry (PHAR). The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Apr 1; 40(4):s107-s108. J. Garry, N. Kolaitis, N. Kime, R. Kronmal, M. Chikinala, T. Thenappan, D. Grinnan, E. Horn, A. Hemnes, M. Simon, T. Bull, T. De Marco. .
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    7. Pulmonary hypertension due to interstitial lung disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a patient experience study of symptoms and their impact on quality of life. Pulm Circ. 2021 Apr-Jun; 11(2):20458940211005641. DuBrock HM, Nathan SD, Reeve BB, Kolaitis NA, Mathai SC, Classi PM, Nelsen AC, Olayinka-Amao B, Norcross LN, Martin SA. PMID: 33868642.
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    8. COVID-19 Disease in Lung Transplant Recipients: A Case Series. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2021 Mar 20; 40(4):s314. L.L. Seijo, A. Perez, N. Thakur, A. Venado, L.E. Leard, R. Shah, J. Singer, M.E. Kleinhenz, N. Kolaitis, J.A. Golden, J. Kukreja, B. Trinh, S. Hays. .
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    9. The association of post-operative delirium with patient-reported outcomes and mortality after lung transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2021 Mar 07; e14275. DeBolt CL, Gao Y, Sutter N, Soong A, Leard L, Jeffrey G, Kleinhenz ME, Calabrese D, Greenland J, Venado A, Hays SR, Shah R, Kukreja J, Trinh B, Kolaitis NA, Douglas V, Diamond JM, Smith P, Singer J. PMID: 33682171.
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    10. Construct and Predictive Validity of Sarcopenia in Lung Transplant Candidates. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Feb 10. Maheshwari JA, Kolaitis NA, Anderson MR, Benvenuto L, Gao Y, Katz PP, Greenland J, Wolters PJ, Covinsky K, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Calabrese DR, Venado A, Shah RJ, Leard LE, Trinh B, Huang CY, Glidden D, Kleinhenz ME, Golden JA, Sutter N, Tietje-Ulrich G, Criner RN, Arcasoy SM, Christie JD, Diamond J, Singer JP. PMID: 33565917.
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    11. SAFETY AND TOLERABILITY OF PIRFENIDONE FOR RESTRICTIVE CHRONIC LUNG ALLOGRAFT DYSFUNCTION (PIRCLAD): INTERIM RESULTS. CHEST Journal. 2020 Oct 1; 158(4):a2389-a2390. Aida Venado, Katherine Dewey, Genevieve Montas, John Greenland, Lorriana Leard, Rupal Shah, Nicholas Kolaitis, Daniel Calabrese, Mary Kleinhenz, Jasleen Kukreja, Paul Wolters, Jonathan Singer, Jeffrey Golden, Steven Hays. .
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    12. LUNG FUNCTION TRAJECTORY IN THE PIRFENIDONE FOR RESTRICTIVE CHRONIC LUNG ALLOGRAFT DYSFUNCTION (PIRCLAD) TRIAL: INTERIM ANALYSIS. CHEST Journal. 2020 Oct 1; 158(4):a2391-a2392. Aida Venado, Genevieve Montas, Katherine Dewey, Jonathan Singer, Daniel Calabrese, Nicholas Kolaitis, Lorriana Leard, Rupal Shah, Mary Kleinhenz, Jasleen Kukreja, Paul Wolters, Jeffrey Golden, Steven Hays. .
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    13. Primary graft dysfunction attenuates improvements in health-related quality of life after lung transplantation, but not disability or depression. Am J Transplant. 2021 02; 21(2):815-824. Kolaitis NA, Gao Y, Soong A, Greenland JR, Hays SR, Golden J, Leard LE, Shah RJ, Kleinhenz ME, Katz PP, Venado A, Kukreja J, Blanc PD, Singer JP. PMID: 32794295.
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    14. Age-related differences in hemodynamics and functional status in pulmonary arterial hypertension: Baseline results from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2020 09; 39(9):945-953. DesJardin JT, Kolaitis NA, Kime N, Kronmal RA, Benza RL, Elwing JM, Lammi MR, McConnell JW, Presberg KW, Sager JS, Shlobin OA, De Marco T, PHAR Investigators . PMID: 32507341.
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    15. Frailty after lung transplantation is associated with impaired health-related quality of life and mortality. Thorax. 2020 08; 75(8):669-678. Venado A, Kolaitis NA, Huang CY, Gao Y, Glidden DV, Soong A, Sutter N, Katz PP, Greenland JR, Calabrese DR, Hays SR, Golden JA, Shah RJ, Leard LE, Kukreja J, Deuse T, Wolters PJ, Covinsky K, Blanc PD, Singer JP. PMID: 32376733.
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    16. Depressive Symptoms in Lung Transplant Recipients: Trajectory and Association with Mortality. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2020 Apr 1; 39(4):s123-s124. N.A. Kolaitis, Y. Gao, N. Sutter, A. Soong, R.J. Shah, A. Venado, S.R. Hays, J. Kukreja, J. Golden, L.E. Leard, J.R. Greenland, M. Kleinhenz, P.P. Katz, P.D. Blanc, P.J. Smith, J.P. Singer. .
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    17. Patients with Methamphetamine-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Have Less Favorable Hemodynamics Than Other Patients with Group 1 PAH. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2020 Apr 1; 39(4):s18-s19. E. Vasti, A. Papolos, N.A. Kolaitis, J. Mayfield, G.H. Tison, T. De Marco. .
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    18. Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Doppler Envelope Notching Predicts Pulmonary Hypertension and Outcomes in Lung Transplant Candidates. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2020 Apr 1; 39(4):s312. J.T. DesJardin, Y. Svetlichnaya, N.A. Kolaitis, J.P. Singer, S.R. Hayes, J. Kukreja, T. De Marco. .
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    19. Reducing Length of Stay after Lung Transplant through Implementation of Multi-Disciplinary Care Coordination Rounds. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2020 Apr 1; 39(4):s209. D.M. Gordon, S.R. Hays, J.P. Singer, A.A. Perez, A. Venado, G. Iyer, B.M. Zuckerman, C.E. Daulton, J. Pascual, K. Dewey, R. Florez, R.J. Shah, N.A. Kolaitis, L.E. Leard, M.E. Kleinhenz, J. Golden, B. Trinh, T. Deuse, J. Kukreja. .
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    20. Heart-lung transplantation: A viable option for connective tissue diseases. Clin Transplant. 2020 02; 34(2):e13776. Stern LK, Selby VN, Kolaitis NA, Boin F, Aras M, Klein L, De Marco T. PMID: 31867763.
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    21. A Comprehensive Guide to Lung Transplantation for the Recipient With Pulmonary Fibrosis. . 2020 Jan 1. Nicholas A. Kolaitis, Rupal J. Shah. .
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    22. Tacrolimus trough monitoring guided by mass spectrometry without accounting for assay differences is associated with acute kidney injury in lung transplant recipients. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2019 12 02; 76(24):2019-2027. Kolaitis NA, Calabrese DR, Ahearn P, Venado A, Florez R, Lei HL, Isaak K, Henricksen E, Martinez E, Chong T, Shah RJ, Leard LE, Kleinhenz ME, Golden J, De Marco T, Greenland JR, Kukreja J, Hays SR, Blanc PD, Singer JP. PMID: 31696925.
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    23. Transplantation in the Face of Donor-Specific Antibodies: A Pathway to Become Better. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019 Sep; 16(9):1114-1115. Kolaitis NA, Singer JP. PMID: 31469311.
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    24. A nonlinear relationship between visceral adipose tissue and frailty in adult lung transplant candidates. Am J Transplant. 2019 11; 19(11):3155-3161. Anderson MR, Kolaitis NA, Gao Y, Kukreja J, Greenland J, Hays S, Wolters P, Golden J, Diamond J, Palmer S, Arcasoy S, Udupa J, Christie JD, Lederer DJ, Singer JP. PMID: 31278829.
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    25. Noninvasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance improves portopulmonary hypertension screening in liver transplant candidates. Clin Transplant. 2019 07; 33(7):e13585. DesJardin JT, Manicardi M, Svetlichnaya Y, Kolaitis NA, Papolos AI, Selby VN, Zier LS, Klein L, Aras MA, Yao FY, Roberts JP, De Marco T. PMID: 31074522.
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    26. Demographic, Hemodynamic, and HRQL Differences between Methamphetamine-Associated and Idiopathic PAH: The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2019 Apr 1; 38(4):s206. N.A. Kolaitis, R.T. Zamanian, V.A. de Jesus Perez, D.B. Badesch, R.L. Benza, C.D. Burger, M.M. Chakinala, J. Feldman, M.R. Lammi, S.C. Mathai, K.W. Presberg, J.C. Robinson, J.S. Sager, O.A. Shlobin, M.A. Simon, S.M. Kawut, J.P. Singer, T. De Marco. .
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    27. Frailty is Associated with Greater Impairments in Health-Related Quality of Life after Lung Transplantation Than Before. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2019 Apr 1; 38(4):s226-s227. N.A. Kolaitis, A. Soong, Y. Gao, R.J. Shah, A. Venado, S.R. Hays, J. Kukreja, J. Golden, L.E. Leard, J.R. Greenland, M. Kleinhenz, P.P. Katz, P.D. Blanc, J.P. Singer. .
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    28. Pirfenidone-Induced Sarcoid-Like Reaction: A Novel Complication. Chest. 2018 10; 154(4):e89-e92. Kolaitis NA, Kukreja J, Jones KD, Hays SR, Leard LE. PMID: 30290953.
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    29. (781) Tacrolimus Trough Monitoring by Mass Spectroscopy is Associated With Acute Kidney Injury in Lung Transplant Recipients. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2018 Apr 1; 37(4):s308-s309. N.A. Kolaitis, D. Calabrese, P. Ahern, A. Venado-Estrada, R. Florez, H. Lei, K. Isaak, R.J. Shah, L. Leard, M. Kleinhenz, J. Golden, T. De Marco, J.R. Greenland, J. Kukreja, S.R. Hays, P.D. Blanc, J.P. Singer. .
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    30. Defining Success in Lung Transplantation: From Survival to Quality of Life. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 04; 39(2):255-268. Kolaitis NA, Singer JP. PMID: 29579775.
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    31. Improvement in patient-reported outcomes after lung transplantation is not impacted by the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to transplantation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 07; 156(1):440-448.e2. Kolaitis NA, Soong A, Shrestha P, Zhuo H, Neuhaus J, Katz PP, Greenland JR, Golden J, Leard LE, Shah RJ, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Blanc PD, Singer JP. PMID: 29550072.
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    32. (168) ECMO Prior to Lung Transplantation Does Not Impact Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) After Transplant. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2017 Apr 1; 36(4):s72-s73. N.A. Kolaitis, D. Huang, A. Soong, P. Shrestha, J. Golden, L.E. Leard, R.J. Shah, M.E. Kleinhenz, J.R. Greenland, P.P. Katz, P.D. Blanc, S.R. Hays, J. Kukreja, J.P. Singer. .
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    33. Voriconazole increases the risk for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma after lung transplantation. Transpl Int. 2017 Jan; 30(1):41-48. Kolaitis NA, Duffy E, Zhang A, Lo M, Barba DT, Chen M, Soriano T, Hu J, Nabili V, Saggar R, Sayah DM, DerHovanessian A, Shino MY, Lynch JP, Kubak BM, Ardehali A, Ross DJ, Belperio JA, Elashoff D, Saggar R, Weigt SS. PMID: 27678492.
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    34. Fluorescence in situ hybridization as an ancillary tool in the diagnosis of ambiguous melanocytic neoplasms: a review of 804 cases. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014 Jun; 38(6):824-31. North JP, Garrido MC, Kolaitis NA, LeBoit PE, McCalmont TH, Bastian BC. PMID: 24618603.
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    35. Prevalence and risk factors for hypertension in hemophilia. Hypertension. 2013 Jul; 62(1):209-15. von Drygalski A, Kolaitis NA, Bettencourt R, Bergstrom J, Kruse-Jarres R, Quon DV, Wassel C, Li MC, Waalen J, Elias DJ, Mosnier LO, Allison M. PMID: 23630949.
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    36. BRAF mutations in cutaneous melanoma are independently associated with age, anatomic site of the primary tumor, and the degree of solar elastosis at the primary tumor site. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2011 Apr; 24(2):345-51. Bauer J, Büttner P, Murali R, Okamoto I, Kolaitis NA, Landi MT, Scolyer RA, Bastian BC. PMID: 21324100.
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    37. Use of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) to distinguish intranodal nevus from metastatic melanoma. Am J Surg Pathol. 2010 Feb; 34(2):231-7. Dalton SR, Gerami P, Kolaitis NA, Charzan S, Werling R, LeBoit PE, Bastian BC. PMID: 20087158.
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    38. Upstream transcription factor 1 influences plasma lipid and metabolic traits in mice. Hum Mol Genet. 2010 Feb 15; 19(4):597-608. Wu S, Mar-Heyming R, Dugum EZ, Kolaitis NA, Qi H, Pajukanta P, Castellani LW, Lusis AJ, Drake TA. PMID: 19995791.
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    39. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) as an ancillary diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of melanoma. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Aug; 33(8):1146-56. Gerami P, Jewell SS, Morrison LE, Blondin B, Schulz J, Ruffalo T, Matushek P, Legator M, Jacobson K, Dalton SR, Charzan S, Kolaitis NA, Guitart J, Lertsbarapa T, Boone S, LeBoit PE, Bastian BC. PMID: 19561450.
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    40. Association of stearoyl-CoA desaturase 1 activity with familial combined hyperlipidemia. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2008 Jun; 28(6):1193-9. Mar-Heyming R, Miyazaki M, Weissglas-Volkov D, Kolaitis NA, Sadaat N, Plaisier C, Pajukanta P, Cantor RM, de Bruin TW, Ntambi JM, Lusis AJ. PMID: 18340007.
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