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Dr. Branca is married to Dr. Robyn Branca. They enjoy spending time with their son and dog.
Dr. Branca graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a major in applied mathematics and minors in physics, chemistry and Spanish. He earned his MD degree at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. He completed a three year Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, then went on to complete a rigorous clinical and research fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He has maintained board certification in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Branca joined Knoxville Pulmonary Group/UPCC in 2000. He has remained active in UT’s Department of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and as the Section Chief for Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Branca also serves as the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Medical Director for Respiratory Therapy at UT hospital as well as serving on many hospital committees.
Dr. Branca serves in the UT Cancer Center’s Chest Service and is a regular weekly participant at the multidisciplinary chest cancer conference (where patient cases are reviewed by multiple specialty physicians and surgeons to help determine the best evaluation and treatment options).
In addition to the practice of general pulmonary medicine (where he sees patients with all types of lung problems) and Critical Care, Dr. Branca has a special focus on patients with lung cancer and on the practice of Interventional Pulmonology. His clinical interests also include pleural disease, end-of-life care, and Medical Ethics.
Dr. Branca is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and member of the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Association for Bronchology.
Dr. Branca has been named “Top Doc in Pulmonary” and “Top Doc in Critical Care” by Knoxville’s City View Magazine multiple times. He is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards over his career, including the London award given by the medical residents at UT and was given special recognition by the department of Family Medicine at UT. During his training he was given the Argus Award for Teaching Excellence by the UAB medical students and given the Humanitarian Award from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is a member of the Tinsley Harrison Honor Society at Vanderbilt.
University of Alabama at Birmingham 1994-1997
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 1997-2000