Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD

Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD is the William C. Bailey Endowed Chair of Pulmonary Medicine and Professor of Medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he serves as Scientific Director of the UAB Lung Health Center. Dr. Gaggar completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Michigan. He was then recruited to UAB where he completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Gaggar also obtained his PhD in Molecular Physiology, working in the laboratory of Dr. J. Edwin Blalock.

Dr. Gaggar is a physician-scientist with a long-standing interest in protease biology and innate immune signaling in chronic lung disease such as COPD and cystic fibrosis. His basic science research has been published in a number of high-impact journals such as Science, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Cell. Much of this work interweaves basic cell and animal models with clinical specimens from well-phenotyped patient cohorts to better understand these fundamental processes in human disease. He is also an active clinical trialist, conducting both large multicenter studies and single center, investigator-initiated studies in lung disease.