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UT SOUTHWESTERN PULMoNARY & CRITICAL CAre















(L to R): Dr. Lance Terada, Dr. Jonathan Weissler, Professor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Casey Harness-Brumley, Dr. John Battaile, and Dr. Raksha Jain.



“The support from Will Rogers is absolutely critical because it comes at a very important time in the life cycle of clinical investigators. ”   Dr. Terada, Chief, Pulmonary & Critical Care; and former Will Rogers Fellow.

Dr. Casey Harness-Brumley is the 2013 Will Rogers Fellowship recipient. She is interested in the dysfunction of the Cystic Fibrosis-TR protein. The exciting new approach is to try and attack the protein after it’s made.

“I think differently and read literature differently being a researcher. Doing that makes me a better physician in general.” stated Dr. Harness-Brumly.

Dr. Jaine focuses on Cystic fibrosis, Asthma, COPD and a gender disparity between women and men. Hormones modulate the function of the lungs and women have a decreased life expectancy and more increased exacerbations with CF. People are doing better and live longer because of proven research and drug therapies.

Dr. Battaile focus is on the highly prevalent disease of COPD. What we do makes people feel better but doesn’ t slow down the disease. That’ s the emphasis now .

UT Southwestern was part of the clinical trials for Pirfenidone that significantly improves the quality of life with patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis. The drug should be approved by the FDA soon. It currently is approved in Europe and Canada.

Dr. Weissler foresees lung regeneration/reconstruction instead of lung transplantation in the near future for pulmonary research. This would help eliminate rejection of the lung that is common in transplantation.

The mission of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine is to promote advances in the care of patients with lung diseases and critical illness. This mission is accomplished through innovative basic research, clinical trials of novel therapeutic agents, training of physicians and students in pulmonary disease and patient care.

Fellows leave the program with outstanding training in chest medicine, with specific exposure to programs in cystic fibrosis, interventional pulmonology, interstitial lung diseases, neuromuscular breathing disorders, pulmonary hypertension, sleep and circadian disorders, and lung transplant.

Past fellows have been extremely successful and well represented in both academic and community practice. Two have served as Chairs of Departments of Medicine, four as Chiefs of Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Divisions, and two as deans.

“You have to support basic research because  you never know where it’ s going to lead. ”
Dr. Jonathan Weissler, UT Southwestern, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Former Will Rogers Fellow





Fellowship Highlight

UT Southwestern
Dr. Harness-Brumely

Emory University
Dr. Hunt


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