I am a physician-scientist that is involved in patient care as well as basic research. I received my medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and then completed a residency in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. I then went to the University of Washington for my fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine and stayed as faculty for several years. In 2013, I joined Cedars-Sinai where I am currently an associate professor and director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. I am involved in several professional organizations such as the American Thoracic Society, American Heart Association and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My research is broadly on mechanisms of lung injury and repair, and my laboratory conducts a range of basic to translational studies with a general concept that the lung epithelium is the initial driver of various lung pathologies. My research is largely funded by the National Institute of Health. I have also had support from the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.