Gilbert Seda


Captain, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Location: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Research Interests:
Sleep disorders
Lung Cancer
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1983-85 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion, California Baptist University, California
1986-88 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, California
1988-92 Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, California
2000-04 Doctor of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia
1995-97 Psychopharmacology Fellowship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2004-05 Internal Medicine Internship, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
2005-07 Internal Medicine Residency, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
2007-10 Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, Naval Medical Center San Diego
2012-13 Sleep Medicine Fellowship, University of Colorado/National Jewish Health


CAPT Seda completed his undergraduate training at California Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology. He then completed my Master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. He was commissioned in the US Navy as a Clinical Psychologist in the Medical Service Corps and served for approximately 9 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and served as a Clinical Psychologist at Naval Hospital Corpus Christi and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the Uniformed Services University and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

CAPT Seda went to Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He then completed a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Naval Medical Center San Diego and a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Chest Physicians.

CAPT Seda served as the Chairman of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2013 to 2016. His research interests include obstructive sleep apnea, lung cancer screening, critical care and pulmonary medicine in humanitarian missions, and the practice of critical care medicine in the military.

CAPT Seda served as the Director of Medical Services for the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) from March 2014 until November 2015 where he had a key leadership role in global health engagement, disaster preparedness, and coordinating direct health care to underserved populations in Pacific Partnership 2015.

In 2011, CAPT Seda was the sole adult intensivist and Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit, NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Afghanistan providing critical care services to NATO coalition forces, Afghan National Security Forces, and Afghan national adult and children suffering from combat-related trauma.

CAPT Seda currently serves on the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) and Fundamental Disaster Management (FDM) committees.

Career Highlights: Positions, Projects, Deployements, Awards and Additional Publications

Department Chairman, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2013-2016

Director of Medical Services, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), 2014-2015

Director, Lung Injury Research Program, Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2011-2012

Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit, NATO Role 3, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2011

Representative Bibliography

Seda G, Sanchez-Ortuno MM, Welsh CA, Halbower AC, Edinger JD. Comparative meta-analysis of prazosin and imagery rehearsal therapy for nightmare frequency, sleep quality, and posttraumatic stress. J Clin Sleep Med 2015; 11(1): 11-12. PMID: 25325592

Seda G, Lee-Choing T, Harrington J. Sleep derangements in central nervous system infections. Sleep Med Clin. 2012; 7:703–711.

Seda G, Tsai S, Lee-Chiong TL. Medication effects on sleep and breathing. Clin Chest Med 2014; 35: 557-569

Seda G, Stafford C, Parish J, Praske S, Daheshia M. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vascular disease delay timeliness of early stage lung cancer resectional surgery. COPD. 2013 10(2): 133-7. PMID: 23537504

Seda G, Meyer JM, Amundson DE, Daheshia M. Plasmapheresis in the management of severe hypertriglyceridemia. Crit Care Nurse. 2013 33(4): 18-23. PMID: 23908166

Daheshia M, Prahl JD, Carmichael JJ, Parrish JS, Seda G. The immune response and its therapeutic modulation in bronchiectasis. Pulm Med. 2012;2012:280528. doi: 10.1155/2012/280528. Epub 2012 Oct 10.PMID: 23094149

Seda, G, Stafford CM, Parrish JS, Praske SP, Daheshia M. Population characterization, histological evaluation and timeliness of care of surgical non-small cell lung cancer patients in a military academic medical center. Mil Med. 2012 Jun;177(6):748-51. PMID: 22730854

Matwiyoff GN, Prahl JD, Miller RJ, Carmichael JJ, Amundson DE, Seda G, Daheshia M. Immune regulation of procalcitonin: a biomarker and mediator of infection. Inflamm Res. 2012 May; 61(5):401-9. PMID: 22354317

Amundson D, Seda G, Daheshia M. Recognizing asthma mimics and asthma complications. Mil Med. 2011 Oct; 176(10):1162-8. PMID: 22128653

Reynolds EB, Seda G, Ware JC, Vinik AI, Risk M, Fishback NF. Autonomic function in sleep apnea patients: Increased heart rate variability except during REM sleep in obese patients. Sleep Breath. 2007 Mar; 11(1): 53-60. PMID: 17171554.