theodore j. standiford, md
Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Standiford is a Professor of Medicine and Interim Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his MD degree from Wayne State University in 1984, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1987, and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan in 1991. Since joining the faculty in 1991, Dr. Standiford has secured continuous National Institutes of Health K- or R-series funding. He served as the Program Director of the University of Michigan Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) in Acute Lung Injury and the University of Michigan Specialized Center of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Acute Lung Injury. Dr. Standiford currently serves as the Program Director of the NIH/NHLBI T32 Multidisciplinary Training Program in Lung Diseases.
Dr. Standiford’s research focuses on exploring the role of specific cells, cytokines, antimicrobial peptides and pathogen recognition receptors in the generation of protective innate immune responses of the lung. The epigenetic regulation of innate immunity in sepsis and acute lung injury is an active area of both animal and human based translational research. In human trials, Dr. Standiford has investigated mechanisms of lung injury in ARDS and the effect of growth factor administration on outcome in ARDS patients and in patients at risk for the development of ARDS. Specialized areas of clinical interest include sepsis, acute lung injury, community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia, and tuberculosis.
Dr. Standiford has served as a permanent member of the NIH Lung Biology and Pathology (LBPA) and the Lung Cell and Molecular Immunology (LCMI) Study Sections. He served as a member of the American Lung Association Research Fellowship and Career Investigator Award Committee from 2000-2004, and Chair of this committee from 2004-2009. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). Dr. Standiford currently serves as an external consultant for several NIH T32 training programs and an NIH K24 patient-oriented research-training program. He has been the primary mentor for many pre- and post-doctoral research fellows, a number of which have gone on to obtain K-series and R-series awards. Dr. Standiford’s bibliography lists over 200 peer-reviewed publications, numerous topic reviews, and book chapters.