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Brian W. Christman, MD

Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director

Vanderbilt University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Scientific Advisory Committee, National Spokesperson

Nashville, Tennessee
Media Expertise: Healthy air, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, critical care

Brian W. Christman is Professor of Medicine and Associate Program Director for the Vanderbilt University Internal Medicine Residency Program and former Director of the Fellowship Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt. Christman serves veterans as Chief of Medical Service at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. With expertise in pulmonary hypertension, critical care, asthma and healthy air, Christman has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and serves on the American Lung Association Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Christman completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University as a biochemistry major.  He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma before moving to Vanderbilt University for training in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. He has been on the faculty at Vanderbilt since 1987 engaged in research, teaching, and patient care. During this time he has served as the Fellowship Program Director for Pulmonary/Critical Care, Associate Director of the Vanderbilt University Hospital Medical ICU, and as Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Christman has had diverse research interests over the years with support from the American Lung Association, Parker B. Francis Foundation, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute. Areas of focus have included mechanisms of airway hyper-responsiveness after lung inflammation, acute lung injury, and pulmonary vascular remodeling as they apply to diseases like asthma, COPD, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary hypertension.

An active volunteer for the American Lung Association, Dr. Christman serves on research review committees, the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association of Tennessee, and on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Lung Association.

In his spare time he tries his hand at woodturning and furniture making, all in the presence of appropriate dust remediation equipment, of course.

Media who are interested in scheduling an interview with Dr. Christman may contact Media@Lung.org.

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