Geoffrey Kurland, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Geoffrey Kurland is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and member of the Division of Pulmonology.  Kurland is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and education includes a BA from Amherst College and a MD from Stanford University.  His pediatric Residency at Stanford was followed by a 4-year combined Pediatric Pulmonology-Allergy Fellowship with an addition year with Adult Pulmonology.  His first full-time academic appointment was at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, California.  He moved to Pittsburgh in 1988 and has remained on the faculty here since that time.

Kurland considers himself primarily a clinician.  He has special expertise and interest in Pediatric Flexible Bronchoscopy, Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease, as well as Pediatric Lung Transplantation.  His clinical patients, however, cover the wide range of Pediatric pulmonary problems and include interstitial lung disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and numerous causes leading to end-stage lung disease requiring transplantation.

Kurland’s research interests include interstitial lung disease in infants and children and novel approaches to transplant graft surveillance.  He is a PI or Co-PI on many of the clinical research projects in his Division. He has lectured at many institutions nationally and internationally.  He has authored or co-authored  more than 60  peer-reviewed articles, as well as 13 book chapters.  He has also written a book describing his own experience as a patient with Leukemia. 

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships 

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1972-Present
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1979-Present
  • American Thoracic Society, 1980-Present
  • Pennsylvania Thoracic Society, 1989-Present
  • European Respiratory Society, 1996-Present
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, 1995-Present
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Training Directors Association, 1995-Present
    • President, 1998-2000
  • American Pediatric Society
  • American Society of Transplant Physicians, 1998-Present
  • International Pediatric Transplant Association, 2000-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, cum laude, Amherst College, 1967
  • MD, Stanford University, 1973
  • Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, Stanford University Medical Center, 1973-1976
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, Stanford University Medical Center, 1976-1978
  • Research and Clinical Fellowship in Adult/Pediatric Pulmonology, Stanford University Medical Center, 1978-1981

Selected Publications

Callahan P, Pinto SJ, Kurland G, Cain JG, Motoyama EK, Weiner DJ. Dexmedetomidine for infant pulmonary function testing. Pediatric Pulmonology 50 (2): 150-154, 2015 PMID: 25187360

Faro A, Wood RE, Schechter MS, Leong AB, Wittkugel E, Abode K, Chmiel JF, Daines C, Davis S, Eber E, Huddleston C, Kilbaugh T, Kurland G, Midulla F, Molter D, Montgomery GS, Retsch-Bogart G, Rutter MJ, Visner G, Walczak S, Ferkol T, Michelson PH. Official American Thoracic Society Technical Standards: Flexible Airway Endoscopy in Children. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 191 (9): 1066-1080, 2015. PMID: 25932763

Shein SL, Maul TM, Li H, Kurland G. Surfactant administration during pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. ASAIO J. 2015 Jul 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26181713

Rosas-Salazar C, Spahr J, Walczak S, Kurland G. Site of Bronchoalveolar Lavage via Flexible Bronchoscopy and Fluid Return in Children. J Bronchol Interventional Pulmonology, 2016 Jul;23(3):210-4

Weiner DJ, Forno E, Sullivan L , Weiner GA, Kurland G. Subjective and Objective Assessments of Flow-Volume Curve Configuration in Children and Young Adults. Ann Am Thor Soc epub ahead of print 12 Apr 2016 as DOI 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201511-774OC

Litao MK, Hayes D Jr, Chiwane S, Nogee LM, Kurland G, Guglani L. A novel Surfactant Protein C mutation associated with progressive respiratory failure in infancy. Pediatric Pulmonology, 52 (1): 57-68, 2017 PMID: 27362365

Forno E, Weiner DJ, Mullen J, Sawicki G, Kurland G, Han YY, Cloutier MM, Canino G, Weiss ST, Litonjua AA, Celedón JC. Obesity and Airway Dysanapsis in Children With and Without Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27552676

Chen K, Campfield BT, Wenzel SE, McAleer JP, Kreindler JL, Kurland G, Gopal R, Wang T, Chen W, Eddens T, Quinn KM, Myerburg MM, Horne WT, Lora JM, Albrecht BK, Pilewski JM, Kolls JK Antiinflammatory effects of bromodomain and extraterminal domain inhibition in cystic fibrosis lung inflammation. JCI Insight. 2016 Jul 21;1(11). pii: e87168 PMID:2751709

Zemanick ET, Wagner BD, Robertson CE, Ahrens RC, Chmiel JF, Clancy JP, Gibson RL, Harris WT, Kurland G, Laguna TA, McColley SM, McCoy K, Retsch- Bogart G, Sobush KT, Zeitlin PL, Stevens MJ, Accurso FJ, Sagel SD, Harris JK. Airway microbiota across age and disease spectrum in cystic fibrosis Eur Resp J. 50 (5): 1700832 [ 2017]. PMID:29146601

Forno E, Abraham N, Winger DG, Rosas-Salazar C, Kurland G, and Weiner DJ. Perception of pulmonary function in children with asthma and cystic fibrosis. Ped Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology 2018 Sep 1;31(3):139-145. PMID:30283712

Hayes D, Wilson K, Krivchenia K, Hawkins S M M, Balfour-Lynn I, Gozal D, Panitch HB, Splaingard ML, Rhein LM, Kurland G, Abman SH, Hoffman TM, Carroll CL, Cataletto ME, Tumin D, Oren E, Martin RJ, Baker J, Porta GR, Kaley D, Gettys A, and Deterding RR;on behalf of the American Thoracic Society Assembly on Pediatrics. Home Oxygen Therapy for Children; An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline. Am J Respir Crit Care Med Vol 199, Iss 3, pp e5– e23, Feb 1, 2019

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