Dr. Jesse Roman, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville, has confirmed he will attend the HPS Network’s scientific meeting, to be held March 8th in conjunction with the HPS Network’s Annual Conference. This will be Dr. Roman’s first HPS meeting and experience with the HPS patient community. The meeting will explore using stem cells derived from blood samples of patients with HPS to grow HPS lung tissue for research.
Dr. Roman received his M.D. from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1983. After undergoing training in Internal Medicine at the San Juan VA Medical Center in Puerto Rico, he joined the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. In 1991, Dr. Roman joined the faculty at Emory University as Assistant Professor of Medicine. He served as Pulmonary Section Chief at the Atlanta VA from 1994 to 2000, Associate Division Director from 1997 to 2001, and Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine at Emory University from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, Dr. Roman was named Associate Vice President and Director of the newly created Emory Center for Respiratory Health within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory.
Dr. Roman has written extensively in the area of lung tissue remodeling and inflammation and the role of extracellular matrices in the control of cellular functions with over 120 original papers, book chapters, and review articles. His research has been continuously funded by federal (NIH, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs) and non-federal organizations. His national reputation is evidenced by his permanent and ad hoc memberships in several VA (VA Career Scientists Program, VA Oncology Study Section) and National Institutes of Health study sections (Aids and Related Research; Lung Injury, Repair and Remodeling (LIRR); NIH Director’s Pioneers Award).
Dr. Roman has served on important committees of local and international professional organizations including Chair of the Program and Planning Committees of the RCMB Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, as Past-President of the Georgia Thoracic Society, and as President of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the NIH Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network.