Ross Summer

Ross Summer, MD

Contact Dr. Summer

1025 Walnut Street
Suite 412
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-3893
(215) 955-0830 fax

Medical School

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA


Johns Hopkins University


Boston University School of Medicine

Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
Critical Care Medicine

University Appointment

Associate Professor of Medicine

Clinical Interests

Acute lung injury
Interstitial lung disease
General Pulmonary Medicine

Research Interests

The major focus of Dr Summer's laboratory is on understanding the molecular interaction between lung and adipose tissue. It is now increasingly apparent that adipose tissue is not only a storage depot for fuel but also is an important endocrine organ. Endocrine activities of adipose tissue are mediated by hormones called adipokines, which act on distant tissues to regulate diverse biological processes. Recent work from Dr Summer's laboratory and that of others has identified key roles for adipokines in regulation of immune, vascular and smooth muscle homeostasis in the lung. Using genetic and diet-induced models to alter adipose tissue function, Dr. Summer's laboratory is hoping to better elucidate the role of these newly recognized hormones in lung health and disease.

Clinical Studies

Dr Summer is also involved in several clinical projects including investigations examining the impact of physician work targets on the performance of clinical (e.g. time at bedside, number of procedures) and non-clinical (e.g. teaching, research) activities as well as investigations into the factors contributing to diagnostic delays in patients with sepsis.