David M. Lang, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Co-Director, Asthma Center, Director, Allergy/Immunology Fellowship, Respiratory Institute. He is board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Previously, he was Section Chief of Allergy/Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., Division Chief of Allergy/Immunology and Co-Director of the Allergy and Asthma Center at Hahnemann University. Dr. Lang also teaches evidence based medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Dr. Lang has carried out a number of research projects. He has directed studies of the epidemiology of urban asthma, anaphylaxis and urticaria/angioedema.
The asthma studies carried out revealed that in Philadelphia, showed an alarming rise in annual rates of asthma mortality that had occurred--disproportionately affected African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and residents of poverty areas--and highlighted a dramatic underuse of inhaled steroid medications. He is continuing studies of asthma epidemiology in Ohio.
He was principle investigator of a project investigating risk factors for anaphylactoid reaction to contrast media. This study showed that asthma, cardiovascular disease and beta blocker use were statistically significant risk factors for moderate-to-severe anaphylactoid reaction from intravenous contrast infusion. Females were also found to be at significantly elevated risk for anaphylactoid and severe anaphylactoid reaction from contrast material.
Dr. Lang has been active in national and regional medical organizations, and he has published numerous articles, chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Lang’s professional affiliations include fellowships in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the American College of Physicians. He has also served as president of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association.
He is a member of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology’s Practice Parameters Task Force, and he contributes as a Sentinel Reader for the online journal Evidence-Based Medicine. He currently serves on the Board of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Health Care, Education, Delivery, and Quality Interest Section.
He was selected as a “Top Doc” in Allergy/Immunology by Cleveland Magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and as one of the Best Doctors in America for 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. He is currently Associate Editor of The Journal of Asthma and serves on the editorial board of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. He has served as Associate Editor of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, was the recipient of the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation Award at the International College of Allergology and Clinical Immunology in Stockholm in 1994, received the Hahnemann University Hospital Leadership Award in 1996 and the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association Leadership Award, June, 2002.
Dr. Lang received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Lang also served an additional year as chief medical resident prior to pursuing subspecialty training in allergy and clinical immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.
Dr. Lang's medical career has been supported by his wife, Majory, his two children, Madelyn and Jonathan. He appreciates the support he receives from family, friends and colleagues and is grateful for opportunities to contribute to the field of allergy/immunology.