Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi is the Sanford I. Weill Chairman of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine and the Physician-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Before joining Weill Cornell Medicine in 2013, Dr. Choi was the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Choi received his MD from the University of Louisville in 1984 and completed his Internal Medicine residency in 1987 at Duke. He then pursued his Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins from 1987-1990, serving as a faculty member in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins from 1990-1998 and at Yale from 1998-2000. He was Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh from 2000 to 2007 and then moved to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2007.
Dr. Choi has a longstanding commitment to the training of postdoctoral fellows and physician-scientists in lung diseases. His research interests have focused on the regulation and function of stress response genes in response to oxidative stress. He has extensively examined the molecular regulation/signaling pathways and function of heme oxygenase-1 and gaseous molecule carbon monoxide in a variety of in vitro and in vivo models of lung and vascular diseases. He is currently examining whether inhaled carbon monoxide can be an effective therapy in human disease. Dr. Choi is also interested in genomic approaches to identify candidate genes important in the pathogenesis of lung diseases, in particular sepsis/acute respiratory distress syndrome and emphysema. His laboratory has also recently focused on the role of autophagy in acute and chronic lung diseases.
Dr. Choi has authored more than 235 peer-reviewed manuscripts and serves as the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. A recipient of the 2010 ATS Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments, Dr. Choi is currently funded by numerous NIH R01 grants and has two program project grants.