The University of Arizona

Monica Kraft, M.D.

Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Biography: 

Dr. Kraft 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 a Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair in Medicine.  Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she was a Professor of Medicine, Chief, 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, North Carolina.  Dr. Kraft completed her MD degree at the University of California, San Francisco.  She completed her residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she was also Chief Resident.  Dr. Kraft completed her fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and joined the faculty as the 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 from 1995-2004.  She was then recruited to Duke University to create and direct the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center in 2004.  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 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 over 20 years.  Dr. Kraft has also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Clinton at the White House in 2000.  Dr. Kraft served as President of the American Thoracic Society in 2012-2013.  

Research: 

Mechanisms of innate immune dysfunction, Inflammation and airway remodeling in asthma, Evaluation of new therapies through clinical trials

Talks

Research Specialties: 
Asthma
Genetics

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