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Nirupama Putcha, M.D., M.H.S.

Co-Director of IHSFC

Dr. Putcha is a pulmonary and critical care physician. She is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease (specifically obstructive lung diseases such as COPD and asthma), and in the care of critically ill patients in the Medical ICU. She is a member of the Lung Research Conference Planning Committee and provides teaching to medical students and residents at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Putcha is interested in the role of comorbidities on clinical outcomes in the population with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She has studied the impact of specific comorbidities such as asthma, allergic disease, and anemia, on COPD outcomes, but has also studied the general burden of comorbidities with regards to COPD outcomes. She has also studied the impacts of the home environment, including secondhand smoke exposure as well as home allergen exposures with outcomes in COPD. Currently, Dr. Putcha is examining the effect of allergen sensitization and exposure on exacerbations and symptoms in COPD. Her long-term goal is to understand intrinsic and environmental drivers of heightened symptoms and exacerbations in COPD.

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