The National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care


Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Arizona Health Services
Presentation: SEVERE ASTHMA
Thursday, March 12
10:45 am

Monica Kraft, MD is an internationally renowned physician-scientist who specializes in translational asthma research is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, as well as a Professor of Medicine and The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair in Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she was a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, and Director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

Dr. Kraft earned her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she was also Chief Resident. Her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine was completed at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where afterward she joined the faculty as Director of the Carl and Hazel Felt Laboratory for Adult Asthma Research and Medical Director of the Pulmonary Physiology Unit at National Jewish Medical and Research Center (1995-2004). She was then recruited to Duke University in 2004 to create and direct the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center. In addition to patient care and teaching, Dr. Kraft has published extensively in the area of adult asthma. Specifically, her research interests include the mechanisms of innate immune dysfunction, inflammation and airway remodeling in asthma, as well as evaluation of new therapies through clinical trials. Dr. Kraft’s work has appeared in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet and The Journal of Immunology. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association for more than 20 years.

 Dr. Kraft also has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000. She is a Past President of the American Thoracic Society (2012-13), which presented her in May with its 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care or advocacy. She is a fellow of the Drexel University Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (Class of 2017-18), European Respiratory Society (2017), American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2016), American College of Physicians (1999) and American College of Chest Physicians (1997). And last spring, she testified before the U.S. Senate on the negative impact that relaxing federal air quality standards might have on asthma patients and others suffering from respiratory disease.

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