Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Bronchiolitis Obliterans
- Connective Tissue Diseases
- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Lung Dominant Connective Tissue Disease
- Radiation Fibrosis - Lung
- Rheumatic Lung Disease
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - University of Alabama School of Medicine
Birmingham, AL USA
Undergraduate - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL USA
- Dr. Southern has been invited to present his research findings at local and national meetings, including the American Thoracic Society International Conference, the Keystone Symposium on Fibrosis,and the Society for Clinical Research/Midwestern Section American Federation for Medical Research (CSCR/MWAFMR). He has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Parker B Francis Foundation, Genentech, Inc., and the Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committee. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, and the Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committee. He reviews manuscripts for a number of scientific journals. He also supervises pulmonary fellows in the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic and on the inpatient pulmonary consult service. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer physician at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.
- Internal Medicine
- Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
- Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Sarcoidosis
Awards & Honors
- 2017 NIH K08 Award
- 2017 Parker B Francis Fellowship Award (declined)
- 2017 Parker B Francis Research Opportunity Award
- 2015 Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Summit, Top Ten Abstract
- 2015 Genentech Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Junior Faculty Award
- 2014 Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committees Award
- 2012 Travel Award, ATS Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
- 2009 The Peter Morgan Award, for outstanding leadership as a senior resident
- American Thoracic Society
- American Society for Matrix Biology
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
Research & Publications
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46 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||5|
|Knows Medical History||4.9|
|Time Spent with Patient||5|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||5|
7 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Jul 20, 2017
love my Doctor, no one else I would rather see
Reviewed on Apr 27, 2017
Dr. Southern is an excellent clinician. He is an expert in the area of pulmonary fibrosis, and he takes the time to thoroughly explain treatment options, including medications, yet he is such a compassionate and caring physician. I retired from University Hospitals of Cleveland, and I transferred my care specifically to see him.
Reviewed on Dec 29, 2016
He was prepared for our appointment and up to date on a whole series of tests that were conducted earlier in the month. He asked my for my concerns. He also covered the items he had prepared. He ordered portable oxygen therapy for me.
Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016
Dr. Southern is the most caring physician I have ever seen. He correctly diagnosed me with the disease I have and consequently saved my life.
Reviewed on Dec 15, 2016
my doctor always explains everything to me in detail and answers any questions I may have.
Reviewed on Nov 17, 2016
Reviewed on Oct 13, 2016
Dr. Southern is one of the finest, most competent and professional physicians I have ever had. He is extremely compassionate and he provides excellent care! He listens to me, and he includes me in his decision making process. Unfortunately, it has fallen to him to give me negative information re. my disease and its progress, however he has handled all of this in such a professional, yet caring, manner. He is very aware of my family's concerns, and he answers their questions in such a manner that they understand. I feel extremely fortunately to have him as my pulmonologist!
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