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Dr. Southern is a Staff Physician in the Respiratory Institute and Assistant Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He has a secondary appointment as an Associate Staff Scientist in the Lerner Research Institute Department of Pathobiology, where his research focus is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Dr. Southern explores how fibroblasts and myofibroblasts (the scar-producing cells in IPF) interact with lung tissue matrix to propagate fibrosis. He has identified that the molecular motor protein, non-muscle myosin II, is a critical molecule driving fibrosis, and is further characterizing the myosin II pathway in fibroblasts in order to identify novel targets to halt fibrosis in patients with IPF. In addition, Dr. Southern conducts an outpatient clinic where he cares for patients with interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis. He serves as a co-investigator on a number of clinical trials for patients with IPF. He also supervises trainees in the Pulmonary Fellow Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic and on the inpatient pulmonary consult service.
Since joining the staff of the Cleveland Clinic in 2012, Dr.Southern has been invited to present his research findings at 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 received research funding from the Research Program Committee at the Cleveland Clinic and Genentech. He has served on the Intermune Advisory Board, and reviews manuscripts for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer physician at the Free Clinic and with MedWorks USA in Cleveland, OH.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Sarcoidosis
American Thoracic Society, American Society for Matrix Biology, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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