The Respiratory Epidemiology Group is an interdisciplinary group of investigators who study the epidemiology and health outcomes of pulmonary conditions.
- To apply state-of-the-art epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to study health outcomes, in particular disability, mortality, and impaired health-related quality of life, in a broad array of pulmonary conditions as well as in lung transplantation.
- To identify risk factors, in particular environmental and occupational factors, for adverse and beneficial health outcomes.
- To help refine candidate selection for lung transplantation.
- To translate science into policy aimed at reducing the burden of respiratory disease and improving quality of life.
- To reduce the burden of chronic respiratory disease.
- To decrease suffering, lost years of good quality of life, and death from pulmonary disease.
- To improve survival, functioning, and quality of life after lung transplantation.
Our areas of research include:
- Development of worsened impairment, disability, and deficits in quality of life in various respiratory conditions and prior to and following lung transplantation.
- The impact of pre-operative body composition (e.g., sarcopenia, adiposity, frailty) on disability, quality of life, and survival following lung transplantation.
- Health outcomes in over a range of respiratory disease severity, including asthma and COPD.
- Impact of environmental exposures, including secondhand smoke exposure and air pollution, on patients with respiratory conditions
- The role of antifungal agents in skin cancer in lung transplantation
- Health care costs of lung disease, including the indirect costs of work loss.
- Interaction between occupation and lung disease
- Effect of occupational exposures on health outcomes
- Impact of obstructive lung diseases on work disability
- Biomarkers linked to adverse respiratory disease outcomes
- Cognitive function and depression in lung disease
- Paul D. Blanc, MD, MSPH
- Jonathan Singer, MD MS
- Edward Yelin, PhD
- Patricia P. Katz, PhD
- John R. Balmes, MD
- Laura Trupin, MPH
- Neal Benowitz, MD
- Patricia Quinlan, MPH
- Sofya Tokman, MD Michael Guarnieri MD MPH
Former Fellows and Faculty
- Ryan Kern, MD
- Theodore A. Omachi, MD MBA
- Moshe Zutler, MD
- Hubert Chen MD MPH
- Mark Eisner MD MPH