Dr. Ross Summer initiates translational lung research at Jefferson

Ross Summer, MD will join the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and the Center for Translational Medicine at the rank of Associate Professor in the Academic Investigator Tenure Eligible Track.
Dr. Summer has been on faculty as an Assistant Professor at Boston University in the Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care since 2004. He graduated from Louisiana State University, completed his internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a four year fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Summer has board certifications in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine.
Dr. Summer will function in three capacities consistent with the mission of the institution including patient care, physician education, and research. He will attend on TJUH hospital services (either consult service or the medical ICU). Other clinical duties will include having ambulatory clinics and supervising of fellow longitudinal clinics. In these capacities, Dr. Summer will supervise house staff and fellows. Additional educational activities will include actively participating in other institutional forums including medical student education (i.e. Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine), house staff lectures, and divisional scholarly activities.
He has been productive with 26 publications (11 as first author). Dr. Summer has a track record of mentored research training in established and outstanding research laboratories (Drs. Ken Walsh and Alan Fine, both at Boston University). He received several pilot awards including an American Lung Association Research Training Award (“characterization of lung SP cells”), DOM pilot grant (“adiponectin in lung”), and a BU Ignition Award (“Adiponectin Protects Against Lung injury”). These were followed by a K08 from NIH/NHLBI (“The identification and study of a lung mesenchymal cell”). Most recently, Dr. Summer received a 5 year RO-1 (“Adiponectin inhibits activation and injury of lung endothelium”).
Dr. Summer served as an abstract reviewer for the Massachusetts Thoracic Society Research Day, DOM Evans Day abstract competition; facilitator of Boston inter-hospital conference. He has been a grant reviewer for the American Lung Association, Boston University department of medicine, and NIH. In addition, he has served as a reviewer for a variety of scientific journals including Am J Physio, Am J Resp Crit Care Med, Circulation, Respiratory Research, and Physiologic Genomics.
Dr. Summer is a critical initial recruit for the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at TJU to re-establish a robust translational research platform with a goal to develop an overarching Lung Biology Program and the Jefferson Respiratory Institute. The Summer Lab will be an important nidus as a model and a mentor for fellows as well as junior faculty. Dr. Summer is focused on translational research in lung biology, immunology, and repair and relationship to obesity and the adipocyte using a variety of murine models. His ongoing investigations involve examining cellular targets of adipokines in the lung with a particular interest in lung injury models. The hypothesis being that adiponectin has immune suppressive actions, with a goal of defining signaling mechanisms and to study these factors in critically ill obese patients in the ICU.
 His overall focus of lung biology and immunology in the setting of clinical disease (i.e critical illness, lung injury, obesity) and mouse models will have institutional synergies with other investigators. Recruitment of Dr. Summer will create opportunities for cross fertilization with other disciplines and facilitate recruitment of high caliber fellows and future faculty.
About Jefferson Medical College
Founded in 1824, Jefferson Medical College has awarded more than 27,000 medical degrees and has more living graduates than any other medical school in the nation. It offers both traditional medical education programs and innovative joint degree programs to its enrollment of approximately 1000 students each year.

Published: 06-26-2012

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