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Kunal Patel, MD PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

Specialty Areas: Interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis, non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infections, critical care

Chronology: BS: Washington University in St Louis (2002); MD/PhD: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2011); Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (2011-2014); Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2014-2017); Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina (2018 to present)

Dr. Patel’s research interests focus on the role of alteration in lung immunology and how it effects pulmonary diseases as varied as interstitial lung disease/fibrosis formation, bronchiectasis and chronic pulmonary infections, and in the ICU. He is also interested in medical education.

Clinically, he is part of the ILD and Bronchiectasis programs and sees patients at Meadowmont Village. He also has a general pulmonary clinic and attends in the Medical ICU and on the inpatient pulmonary service at UNC.

Selected Bibliography (reverse chronological order).

Patel KP, Vaidya A, Gibson CJ, Henrich TJ and Lyons JL: INTERACTIVE MEDICAL CASE. A Woman with Dyspnea and Altered Mental Status. New England Journal of Medicine. 374 (23) e29 (2016)

Bozym RA, Patel KP, White C, Cheung KH, Bergelson JM, Morosky SA, and Coyne CV. Calcium Signals and calpain-dependent necrosis are essential for release of coxackievirus B from polarized intestinal epithelial cells. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 22(17), 3010-3021 (2011)

Patel KP, Coyne CB, and JM Bergelson. Dynamin- and lipid raft-dependent entry of DAF-binding and non-DAF-binding coxsackieviruses into nonpolarized cells. Journal of Virology. 83(21), 11064-11077 (2009)

Beatty GL, Smith J, Reshef R, Patel KP, Colligon TA, Vance BA, et al., Functional unresponsiveness and replicated senescence of myeloid leukemia antigen-specific CD8+ T cells after allogenic stem cell transplantation. Clinical Cancer Research. 15(15): 4944-53 (2009)

Patel KP and JM Bergelson. Receptors identified for hand, foot and mouth virus. Nature Medicine. 15(7): 728-729 (2009)

Sebert ME, Patel KP, Plotnick M, and JN Weiser. Pneumococcal HtrA protease mediates inhibition of competence by the CiaRH two-component signaling system. Journal of Bacteriology. 187(12), 3969-79 (2005)

Schilling JD, Martin SM, Hunstad DA, Patel KP, Mulvey MA, Justice SJ, et al. Toll-like receptor- and CD14-dependent activation of bladder epithelial cells by lipolysaccharide and type 1 piliated E. coli. Infection and Immunity 71 (3), 1470-1480 (2003)