Romina M. Wahab, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center


Dr. Wahab is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She received her bachelor of science with departmental honors in biological sciences at Stanford University, and her doctor of medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine, and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center. She also completed a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Wahab is committed to providing excellent care to patients with critical illness and pulmonary diseases. She also provides post-operative critical care to patients of The Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen.

Honors & Awards:

2008 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

2005 – 2006 Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

2004 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Membership in Professional Organizations:

2015 – present American Academy of Sleep Medicine

2013 – present American Thoracic Society

Selected publications:

1. Emin M, Wang G, Castagna F, Rodriguez J, Wahab R, Wang J, Adams T, Wei Y, Jelic S. Increased internalization of complement inhibitor CD59 may contribute to endothelial inflammation in obstructive sleep apnea. Sci Transl Med8(320): 320ra1, 2016.

2. Wahab R, Yip NH, Chandra S, Nguyen M, Pavlovich KH, Benson T, Vilotijevic D, Rodier DM, Patel KR, Rychcik P, Perez-Mir E, Boyle SM, Berlin D, Needham DM, Brodie D. The implementation of an early rehabilitation program is associated with reduced length of stay: a multi-ICU study. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 17(1):2-11, 2016.

3. Adams T, Wan E, Wei Y, Wahab R, Castagna F, Wang G, Emin M, Russo C, Homma S, Le Jemtel TH, Jelic S. Secondhand smoking is associated with vascular inflammation. Chest 148(1):112-9, 2015.

4. Wahab R, Basner RC. Nocturnal non-invasive ventilation for cardio-respiratory disorders in adults. Expert Rev Respir Med 7(6):615-29, 2013.



  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine Diplomate, 2011
  • Pulmonary Disease Diplomate, 2013
  • Critical Care Medicine Diplomate, 2014
  • Sleep Medicine Diplomate, 2015