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Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine
Associate Director, Marsico Clinical and Translational Research Center

Specialty Areas: Cystic fibrosis (adults), Bronchiectasis, COPD

Chronology: BS Biology: University of Michigan, 1986; MD: University of Michigan, 1990; Internal Medicine Internship/Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1990-1993; Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship: University of North Carolina, 1993-1996; Research Fellow: University of North Carolina, 1996-1998; Research Assistant Professor of Medicine: 1998-2003; Assistant Professor of Medicine (tenure track): 2003-2009; Associate Professor of Medicine: 2009-2018; Associate Director, UNC Adult CF Care Center: 2006-2014; Director, UNC Adult CF Care Center: 2014-present; Medical Director, Adult CF Respiratory Therapy Services: 2012 – present; Medical Director, UNC Pulmonary Clinics: 2012-present; Associate Director, UNC Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC): 2014-present, Professor of Medicine: 2018 – present

Dr. Donaldson’s clinical and research interests are focused on adults with cystic fibrosis (CF). His research has added to our understanding of the processes that regulate mucociliary clearance (MCC) in the lung and development of new therapies that address impaired MCC in CF and other airways diseases. His research interests also revolve around the development of novel imaging biomarkers, including MCC and 19F-MRI ventilation imaging.

Dr. Donaldson is co-PI of the UNC Therapeutic Development Center, which conducts multicenter clinical trials in CF, and is Chair of the Clinical Research Advisory Board, which serves the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He directs the NIDDK (P30) funded CF Clinical Translation Core, which provides research services to CF investigators at UNC and beyond.

Finally, as Director of the UNC Adult CF Center, Dr. Donaldson leads a multidisciplinary team that cares for more than 325 adults with CF. This team is actively engaged in improving care processes through quality improvement principles, and was recently recognized for their work with the “Quality Care Award” from the CF Foundation in 2019.

Bibliography:  see publications at NCBI

Other informative links:

About CF: Dr. Donaldson interviewed by Dr. Ron Falk; “Chair’s Corner”, UNC DOM, 2/13/19.

Update on recent CF breakthroughs: Dr. Donaldson interviewed on “Radio In Vivo”, 2/5/20.