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Jason P. Kirkness, Ph.D.

Jason Paul Kirkness, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Nocturnal ventilation; Sleep Disorders; Upper airway obstruction; Obstructive sleep apnea


Dr. Jason Kirkness is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Department. He studies obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway obstruction.

Dr. Kirkness holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Sydney and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He completed fellowships at the University of Western Australia and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining the faculty. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine



  • B.Sc., University of Western Sydney (Australia) (1997)
  • Ph.D., University of Sydney (Australia) (2003)

Research & Publications

Technology Expertise Keywords

Airway collapsing pressures, sleep pneumotachography, polysomnography

Selected Publications

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  1. Kawai M, Kirkness JP, Yamamura S, Imaizumi K, Yoshimine H, Oi K, Ayuse T. Increased phosphatidylcholine concentration in saliva reduces surface tension and improves airway patency in obstructive sleep apnoea. J Oral Rehabil. 2013 Oct;40(10):758-66. doi: 10.1111/joor.12094. Epub 2013 Aug 30. PMID: 24033347
  2. Wei T, Erlacher MA, Grossman P, Leitner EB, McGinley BM, Patil SP, Smith PL, Schneider H, Schwartz AR, Kirkness JP. Approach for streamlining measurement of complex physiological phenotypes of upper airway collapsibility. Comput Biol Med. 2013 Jun;43(5):600-6. doi: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2012.12.006. Epub 2013 Mar 18. PMID: 23517555
  3. Schwartz AR, Smith PL, Schneider H, Patil SP, Kirkness JP. Invited editorial on "Lung volume and upper airway collapsibility: what does it tell us about pathogenic mechanisms?". J Appl Physiol (1985). 2012 Sep 1;113(5):689-90. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00716.2012. Epub 2012 Aug 2. No abstract available. PMID: 22858622
  4. Nilius G, Franke KJ, Domanski U, Rühle KH, Kirkness JP, Schneider H. Effects of nasal insufflation on arterial gas exchange and breathing pattern in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypercapnic respiratory failure. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2013;755:27-34. PMID: 22826046
  5. Polotsky M, Elsayed-Ahmed AS, Pichard L, Harris CC, Smith PL, Schneider H, Kirkness JP, Polotsky V, Schwartz AR. Effects of leptin and obesity on the upper airway function. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2012 May;112(10):1637-43. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.01222.2011. Epub 2012 Feb 16. PMID: 22345430
  6. Kirkness JP, McGinley BM, Sgambati FP, Patil SP, Smith PL, Schwartz AR, Schneider H. Developing quantitative physiological phenotypes of sleep apnea for epidemiological studies. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:8319-22. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6092051. PMID: 22256275
  7. Hernandez AB, Kirkness JP, Smith PL, Schneider H, Polotsky M, Richardson RA, Hernandez WC, Schwartz AR. Novel whole body plethysmography system for the continuous characterization of sleep and breathing in a mouse. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2012 Feb;112(4):671-80. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00818.2011. Epub 2011 Dec 1. PMID: 22134700
  8. Chin CH, Kirkness JP, Patil SP, McGinley BM, Smith PL, Schwartz AR, Schneider H. Compensatory responses to upper airway obstruction in obese apneic men and women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2012 Feb;112(3):403-10. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00021.2011. Epub 2011 Nov 17. PMID: 22096117
  9. Schwartz AR, Schneider H, Smith PL, McGinley BM, Patil SP, Kirkness JP. Physiologic phenotypes of sleep apnea pathogenesis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov 15;184(10):1105-6. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201108-1573ED. No abstract available. PMID: 22086988
  10. Hoshino Y, Ayuse T, Kobayashi M, Kurata S, Kawai M, Schneider H, Patil SP, Schwartz AR, Kirkness JP, Oi K. The effects of hormonal status on upper airway patency in normal female subjects during propofol anesthesia. J Clin Anesth. 2011 Nov;23(7):527-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinane.2011.02.004. PMID: 22050795
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