Dr. Crystal Duran chose to enter Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine because it is a very diverse, complex field. She says: “Pulmonary medicine requires nothing less than excellence, decisiveness, and perseverance for your patients, which is what I continuously strive for.”

Although her medical training could be exhausting at times, Dr. Duran discovered that even on her most difficult and busy days she still loved working in this field.

Dr. Duran knows that the medical field can be extremely confusing for patients, coupled with the added stress of being sick or taking care of someone who is sick. She strives to make sure that she listens to her patients and takes the time to explain what’s going on in ways they can understand, in order to offer some clarity and relief. Dr. Duran speaks French and Spanish. 

Outside of work, Dr. Duran enjoys experimenting with baking, cooking, reading, watching horror movies, and swimming.

Other Activities

Member, American College of CHEST Physicians


Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA, 2020

Residency, Internal Medicine, Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA, 2017

MD, Rush Medical College, Rush University, Chicago, IL, 2014

BS, California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA, 2008


Internal Medicine

Pulmonary Medicine – Board Eligible

Critical Care – Board Eligible


Taskar, V., Phanthok, T., and C. Duran. (2019). Sleep overlap syndrome and association with other medical disorders. International Journal of Head and Neck Surgery (Theme: Obstructive Sleep Apnea). 10(1)

Iftikhar, IH, Teng, S, Schimmel, M, Duran, C, Sardi, A, and S. Islam. (2019). A network comparative meta-analysis of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomies using anatomic landmarks, bronchoscopic, and ultrasound guidance versus open surgical tracheostomy. Lung. 197(3): 267-275.

Khan, SU, Duran, CA, Rahman, H, Lekkala, M, Saleem, MA, and E. Kaluski. (2017). A meta-analysis of continuous positive airway pressure therapy in prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. European Heart Journal. 1-9. PMID 29069399.

Kissell, K, Duran, CA, and Tsai-Morris, C. (2014). New Technologies in Male Contraception. Current Women’s Health Reviews. 10(2): 93-106.