Roblee P. Allen, M.D.

Emeritus Professor, Division of Clinical Internal Medicine

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Pulmonary and Critical Care


Internal Medicine

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Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

2825 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Philosophy of Care

I find myself in the best of both worlds. I left private practice in order to join academic medicine. This has afforded me the opportunity to become a research fellow sponsored by the American Lung Association and the NIH, the director of the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and director of the Invasive Procedures in the Pulmonary Services Laboratory at UC Davis Medical Center. I have the opportunity to treat complex diseases in critically ill patients using state-of-the-art technology and investigative measures that are available only in the academic setting.

Clinical Interests

Roblee Allen is an expert in advanced-stage lung disease and lung transplantation. His clinical interests include functionality of lung volume reduction surgery, effects of anti-rejection drugs following lung transplantation, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and cystic fibrosis. His pulmonary expertise and skill in mountain climbing led to his selection as team physician for the 1993 K2 West Ridge and 1995 Makalu Himalayan Southeast Ridge expeditions. Dr. Allen's extensive research studies include effects of high-carbohydrate diet on acute mountain sickness and circulating cytokines, effects of therapeutic drugs on community-acquired pneumonia, cellular responses of bronchial and esophageal carcinomas to photodynamic therapy, treatments for gram-negative septic shock, and pharmacokinetics and iatrogenic drug toxicities in intensive-care units.


Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Undergraduate School

B.S., Wofford College, Spartanburg SC 1972

Medical School

M.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston SC 1978

Other School

M.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 1974


Internal Medicine, Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans LA 1978-1979


Internal Medicine, Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans LA 1979-1980


Pulmonary and Critical Care, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 1982-1985

Kavita B Khaira, Mark V Avdalovic, Charles K Whitcomb, R. Allen, Ezra AAmsterdam. Epidemiology Screening Diagnosis and Treatment of Systemic Sclerosis-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. J Respiratory Med Lung Disease. 2016;1(1):1-7.

Kavita Khaira, R. Allen, Ezra A Amsterdam. A Diagnosis at Hand: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Am J Med. 2016;129(8):812-5. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2016.04.005.

Galiè N, Barberà JA, Frost AE, Ghofrani HA, Hoeper MM, McLaughlin VV, Peacock AJ, Simonneau G, Vachiery JL, Grünig E, Oudiz RJ, Vonk-Noordegraaf A, White RJ, Blair C, Gillies H, Miller KL, Harris JH, Langley J, Rubin LJ; AMBITION Investigators. Initial Use of Ambrisentan plus Tadalafil in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. N Engl J Med. 2015 Aug 27;373(9):834-44. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1413687. PMID:26308684.

Figueroa JA, Mansoor JK, Allen RP, Davis CE, Walby WF, Aksenov AA, Zhao W, Lewis WR, Schelegle ES. Exhaled volatile organic compounds in individuals with a history of high altitude pulmonary edema and varying hypoxia-induced responses. J Breath Res. 2015 Apr 20;9(2):026004. doi:10.1088/1752-7155/9/2/026004. PMID:25891856.

Wood DE, Nader DA, Springmeyer SC, Elstad MR, Coxson HO, Chan A, Rai NS, Mularski RA, Cooper CB, Wise RA, Jones PW, Mehta AC, Gonzalez X, Sterman DH; IBV Valve Trial Research Team. The IBV Valve trial: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind trial of endobronchial therapy for severe emphysema. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2014 Oct;21(4):288-97. doi:10.1097/LBR.0000000000000110. PMID:25321447.

Avdalovic M, Sandrock C, Hoso A, Allen R, Albertson TE. Epoprostenol in pregnant patients with secondary pulmonary hypertension: two case reports and a review of the literature. Treat Respir Med. 2004;3(1):29-34. doi:10.2165/00151829-200403010-00004. PMID:15174891.

Chan A, Allen R. Bronchiolitis obliterans: an update. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2004 Mar;10(2):133-41. doi:10.1097/00063198-200403000-00008. PMID:15021183.

Chan AL, Juarez MM, Albertson TE, Morrissey BM, Allen RP, Meyers FJ. Laser treatment of endobronchial renal cell carcinoma. J Bronchol. 2004;11(2):92-97.

Laohaburanakit P, Chan A, Allen RP. Bronchiolitis obliterans. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2003 Dec;25(3):259-74. doi:10.1385/CRIAI:25:3:259. PMID:14716071.

Evans SJ, Allen RP, Aghili SS, Chan AL. Bronchoscopic Management of an Endobronchial Primary Paraganglionoma. J Bronchol. 2003;10:118-121.