Sara M. Zak, MD

  • Member, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
  • Member, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Center
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I work with patients, their families, and their care team to ensure that we provide comprehensive care.



As a pediatric pulmonologist, I’m interested in pulmonary medicine, bronchoscopy, aerodigestive disorders, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and mechanical ventilation. I work with patients, their families, and their care team to ensure that we provide comprehensive care.

I help patients and families understand the underlying diagnosis and work with them to help achieve their goals. Being a pulmonologist allows me to care for my patients across the clinical spectrum—from inpatient and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) level care to outpatient.

My research is primarily clinical and focuses on improving care for patients with BPD and aerodigestive disorders.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and nephew. I enjoy running and have run several marathons and half marathons.

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Bronchial Thermoplasty. Zak, S; Benscoter, D; Castro, M; Guilbert, TW. Diagnostic and Interventional Bronchoscopy in Children. 2021.

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Mortality in Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Zak, S; Mokhallati, N; Su, W; McCormack, FX; Franz, DN; Mays, M; Krueger, DA; Szczesniak, RD; Gupta, N. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2019; 16:509-512.

CFTR functional assays in drug development. Zak, SM; Clancy, JP; Brewington, JJ. Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs. 2017; 5:889-898.

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