BREATHE Center

Background Information

The Baltimore Breathe Center was formed over 20 years ago, and was originally known as the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment. The Breathe Center has evolved to study the effects of environment on lung health and specific lung diseases throughout life. The Breathe Center is run by a group of physicians, scientists, and trainees who work every day to fufill the Center’s mission of advocating for lung health through important research and community engagement.

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Meet the Team

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Lesliam Alcala, PhD MS

Assistant Professor of Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH), University of Maryland


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Emily Brigham, MD MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU SOM)


Expertise: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases


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Jessie Buckley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering, JHSPH


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Meghan Davis PhD, MPH, DMV

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering, JHSPH


Joint appointment in School of Medicine


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Research Interests:  Antimicrobial Resistance; Asthma; Environmental epidemiology; Environmental Microbiology; Microbial Ecology; Microbiome; MRSA; MRSP; One Health; Staphylococci; Veterinary Medicine

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Gregory Diette, MD MHS

Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine


Research Interests: Environmental impacts on lung disease; Epidemiology of airway disease; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Asthma

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Michelle Nuttall Eakin, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine


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Research Interests:  Behavioral science and adherence; Asthma outcomes in inner-city children 

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Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS

Instructor of Medicine


Expertise:  Obstructive lung diseases, tobacco dependence and treatment


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Kirsten Koehler, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering, JHSPH


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Research Interests:  Exposure Assessment; Aerosols; Air Quality; Spatial Statistics

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Nadia Hansel, MD MPH

Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Allergy and Immunology, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Research Interests: Genetic and environmental determinants of obstructive airway diseases

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Meredith McCormack, MD MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases


Research Interests: Asthma; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Environmental exposures and lung disease

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Wayne Mitzner, PhD

Co-Director, Ph.D. Track in Toxicology, Physiology and Molecular Mechanisms, JHSPH


Joint Appointment in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine


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Research Interests:  Lung disease; Lung injury; Asthma; Aveolar destruction; Bronchial thermoplasty; emphysema; Lung parenchyma; Mouse phenotyping; Physiologic lung function; Pulmonary function

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Laura Paulin, MD MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth


Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth


Expertise: Pulmonary 


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Vsevolod Y Polotsky (SEVA Polotsky), MD PhD

Professor of Medicine


Expertise:  Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine


Research Interests:  Hypoxia; Obesity; Metabolic Syndrome; Obstructive Sleep

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Nirupama Putcha, MD MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine


Expertise: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


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Cynthia Rand, PhD

Professor of Medicine


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Research Interests: Healthcare disparities; Outcomes and quality of life; Asthma and COPD therapy adherence