Mark Dransfield, MD - Editor
Mark Dransfield is currently the William C. Bailey Endowed Chair in Pulmonary Disease and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and staff physician at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. In addition, he serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Lung Health Center and Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Dr. Dransfield’s primary clinical and research interest is COPD and directs the UAB/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid COPD Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. He is principal investigator for multiple translational studies and clinical trials at the UAB Lung Health Center including the Department of Defense-sponsored Beta-Blockers for the Prevention of Acute Exacerbations of COPD study as well as the National Institutes of Health-sponsored COPDGene and SPIROMICS studies.
He completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at UAB where he served as chief fellow.
Dr. Dransfield has been named one of America’s Best Doctors from 2010 to 2018. He is active with the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Dransfield has published over 125 research papers focusing on COPD-related epidemiology, comorbid illness, pathophysiology and therapeutics.
He has been a reviewer for over 20 different peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Lancet, Thorax and Chest.
Before becoming an editor of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation, he served on its editorial board from its inception in 2014. He served as a Section Editor for the BMC Pulmonary Medicine journal from 2013-2016.