Dr. Kai Saukkonen will treat patients with acute and chronic respiratory disease


November 5, 2002


WORCESTER, Mass.— Pulmonologist Kai Saukkonen, MD, has joined the adult pulmonary medicine practice at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has also been appointed assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), UMass Memorial’s academic partner. Dr. Saukkonen comes to UMass Memorial and UMMS from Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital in Ayer, where he was chief of pulmonary medicine, and medical director of the intensive care unit.  He was also an attending pulmonologist at Emerson Hospital in Concord, and in instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Saukonnen earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia after graduating with a B.S. from Yale University. He completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary fellowship at Deaconess Hospital, and a critical care fellowship at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both in Boston. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certifications in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. In his practice at UMass Memorial, he will evaluate and treat adults with all types of pulmonary diseases.


UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $134 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.



Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000