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Karen L. Wood, MD

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473 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 293-4925

Email: wood.555@osu.edu


Current OSU Appointments

Associate Professor-Clinical, Pulm,Allergy,Crit Care & Sleep

Physician, FGP-Pulm-Allrgy-CritCare-Sleep



My contributions to the major missions of the College of medicine and the University are as follows:

1) Research – My research focus has been on pulmonary complications associated with bone marrow transplantation. I have established over the last 8 years a large database and specimen repository from patients that have undergone transplant. We have 350 patients in this study so far and we have quality of life, pulmonary function test, and outcomes data as well as blood samples from many timepoints. This will be an invaluable resource for future publications. I have been participating in a graft versus host disease multispecialty bone marrow transplantation clinic since August 2013. This will increase clinical research opportunities. Also I am going to be the PI at OSU for a BMT chronic graft versus host disease network study looking at treatment options for pulmonary GVHD. I have been active in our division’s research as Associate Director of Pulmonary / Critical Care Translational Research core. In this role I have worked with the information warehouse to develop databases for multiple research programs in the division. I have submitted 19 peer-reviewed journal articles and 8 editor-reviewed review articles.

I was externally funded from 2005 – 2010 with a K08 grant entitled Lung alloimmunity after bone marrow transplantation. Since then I have submitted 2 grants, one on Heat Shock Protein 27 and Bronchiolitis Obliterans after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant which was unfunded ) Co-I: Andrea Doseff PhD. And I submitted a research grant “Azithromycin for the treatment of Bronchiolitis obliterans”. It was selected for inclusion in the first Rediscovery Research Model Portfolio but never funded. I was asked to serve as discussion facilitator for a thematic poster discussion session on the immune system at ATS 2011. I have been asked to review 2 international grants including one from Canada on bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (which is my major clinical and research interest).

2) Education – In 2011 I won a teaching award from the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows. I work with fellows regularly and supervise 1-2 fellows each week in my outpatient clinic as well as during all clinical rotations. I give about 6-8 one hour lectures a year to the pulmonary and sleep fellows. For the residents I have recently taken over as the core liason representative from the pulmonary division to the Internal Medicine Residency. In this role I schedule speakers and topics from the pulmonary and critical care division for the resident’s regular conference block. In addition I make the schedule for the residents when they do an outpatient pulmonary / sleep elective. This year I participated in 2 morning reports for the residents. I participated in a residency communications workshop on the topic “obtaining informed consent for blood product transfusions” on May 8, 2012. I have participated as a mentor in the Clinical Assessment and Problem Solving (CAPS I) medical student program for the last two years. In this program a first year / second year student attends my clinic for ½ day a month for one year. I regularly participate in the Med 2 pulmonary block giving the chronic cough lecture and participating in small group sessions. Outside the College of Medicine, I am on a doctoral student committee for an Anatomic Pathology Resident, Veterinary Biosciences Graduate Student.

At a national level I have given two ‘sunrise seminar’ talks at the ATS meeting in 2005 and 2006 on pulmonary complications of bone marrow transplantation. These are competitive selected talks with an international audience. I have given two mednet talks here at OSU on pulmonary function testing and chronic cough. MedNet is broadcast online nationally.

3) Service / Administration – The largest component of my administrative service is in my role as medical director for our division’s outpatient clinic - The Lung Center. This facility has 16 exam rooms for over 25 faculty. We have the outpatient pulmonary, sleep and allergy programs at this site. I took over this role in 2007 and in the last 5-6 years, we have expanded significantly, adding the sleep clinic and additional faculty and staff with increased patient visits. We have 33 full time administrative and nursing staff. As part of this position, I have tried to increase the national recognition of the PACCS division with the development of the website for developed and maintain the website for The Lung Center. The url is http://lungcenter.osu.edu. This website has over 2000 visits each month and has been visited from computers in over 40 of the states in the US, and we have had visits from other countries such as the United Kingdom, India, Australia just to name a few. 84.83% of our visits are new visitors.

In addition to that I supervised the "go-live' for the pulmonary division during the implementation of IHIS, the electronic medical records application in 2009. I am the EPIC lead physician for the Pulmonary Division in the Department of Medicine. Also, I am the Assistant Director of the Pulmonary Diagnostics Laboratory for the Ohio State University. In this role I help oversee the pulmonary function laboratory at The Ohio State University. In the division I am on the pulmonary fellowship committee as well as the interventional fellowship committee. Additionally, I am listed in America’s best doctors 2007 – 2011. For the last few years, I have been only one of three physicians in our division performing endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsies.

At a national level, I am also active in our two major pulmonary organizations, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). In the ACCP I am a member of the Clinical Pulmonary Medicine NetWork Steering Committee since October 2011. This term will continue until October 2015. As part of this role we have regular conference calls and a NetWork meeting each year at the National Conference. On this committee, we decide the programing content for Clinical Pulmonary Medicine at the Annual Assembly. In the ATS I am an active member of the Membership Committee of the Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation (AII) assembly. As part of this committee we have scheduled conference calls throughout the year, we pick the speaker for the AII dinner at the annual international assembly, and last year we organized a mentorship program available through the AII. Additionally at a national / international level. I have served as an ad-hoc reviewer for 13 medical journals (most of which are pulmonary or cancer / bone marrow transplant related).

Clinical Interest

Bronchiolitis Obliterans

Sleep Medicine

Pulmonary Complications of Bone Marrow Transplantation

Academic Advising

2007 - present Jeremiah Schnoor, The Ohio State University.
2008 - present Andrew Twehues, The Ohio State University.
2010 - present Famke Aeffner, The Ohio State University.
2010 - present Emily Norder, The Ohio State University.
2011 - present Emily Amin, The Ohio State University.
2006 Shiraz Yandani, The Ohio State University.
2005 - 2007 Troy Schaffernocker, The Ohio State University.
2006 - 2007 Andrew Twehues, The Ohio State University.
2007 Eric Shamo, The Ohio State University.
2006 - 2008 Neeraj Mehta, The Ohio State University.
2008 Mary Young, The Ohio State University.
2009 - 2011 Jerry Tran, The Ohio State University. Graduated 2011.
2011 - 2012 AJ Cardounel, The Ohio State University.


1997 - present Medical License: State Medical Board of Ohio
2003 - present Board Certified Pulmonologist: American Board of Internal Medicine
2004 - present Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist: American Board of Sleep Medicine
2005 - present Board Certified Intensivist: American Board of Internal Medicine
2009 - present Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist: American Board of Internal Medicine
1999 - 2009 Board Certified Internist: American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Services

02/01/2005 Inpatient Medical Service - Medical ICU (OSU)
02/01/2005 Pulmonary outpatient clinic (Martha Morehouse Pavilion)
02/01/2005 Inpatient Medical Service - OSU East (OSU East)
02/01/2005 Inpatient Medical Service - James Consults (OSU)
08/01/2013 - 11/01/2014 Pulmonary BMT outpatient clinic (stoneridge)


1992 B.A., Kent State University

1996 M.D., Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine


Editorial Activities

present Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society
present medical science monitor
present Chest
present British Journal of Cancer
present American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine
present Clinical and Experimental Allergy
present Annals of Thoracic Medicine
present Lung
present Journal of Infection
present Respiratory Medicine
present Respiration
present Thorax
2012 Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
2013 Respiratory Care


1997 - 1999 Excellence in Teaching.
1997 - 1999 Academic Grant for Outstanding Performance as a Resident.
1998 - 1999 Chief Resident for Internal Medicine Residency.
1999 The Andre J. Ognibene, MD Outstanding Third Year Resident Award.
2000 Rookie of the Year Award. Residents.
2001 American Thoracic Society Travel Award Grant. American Thoracic Society.
2002 - 2003 Chief Fellow for Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.
2007 America's Best Doctors. U.S. News & World Report.
2011 BAL Teaching Award. Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

Journal Articles

Wood, Karen, L; Chaiyarit, Ponlatham; Day, Richard, B; Wang, Yana; Schnizlein-Bick, Carol, T; Gregory, Richard, L; Twigg, Homer L 3rd. "Measurements of HIV viral loads from different levels of the respiratory tract.." Chest. Vol. 124, no. 2. (January 2003.): 536-42.

Hage CH, KL Wood, HT Winer-Muram, SJ Wilson, G Sarosi, KS Knox. "Pulmonary Cryptococcosis After Initiation of Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-a Therapy." Chest. Vol. 124, (January 2003.): 2395-2397.

Wood, Karen, L; Hage, Chadi, A; Knox, Kenneth, S; Kleiman, Martin, B; Sannuti, Aruna; Day, Richard, B; Wheat, L Joseph; Twigg, Homer L 3rd. "Histoplasmosis after treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy.." American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. Vol. 167, no. 9. (January 2003.): 1279-82.

Knox KS, RB Day, KL Wood, LL Kohli, CA Hage, BH Foresman, CT Schnizlein-Bick, HL Twigg III. "Macrophages exposed to lymphotropic and monocytotropic HIV induce similar CTL responses despite differences in productive infection." Cell Immunol.. Vol. 229(2), (January 2004.): 130-8.

Wood KL, R Kenner, Y Wang, RB Day, CT Schnizlein-Bick, HL Twigg. "Apoptosis of CD57+ and CD57- Lymphocytes in the Lung and Blood of HIV Positive Subjects." Clinical Immunology. Vol. 117(3), (January 2005.): 294-301.

Roberts, Scott, D; Kohli, Lisa, L; Wood, Karen, L; Wilkes, David, S; Knox, Kenneth S. "CD4+CD28-T cells are expanded in sarcoidosis.." Sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and diffuse lung diseases : official journal of WASOG / World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders. Vol. 22, no. 1. (January 2005.): 13-9.

Roberts, Scott, D; Farber, Mark, O; Knox, Kenneth, S; Phillips, Gary, S; Bhatt, Nitin, Y; Mastronarde, John, G; Wood, Karen L. "FEV1/FVC ratio of 70% misclassifies patients with obstruction at the extremes of age.." Chest. Vol. 130, no. 1. (January 2006.): 200-6.

Smith PA, LM Kohli, KL Wood, HL Twigg, KS Knox. "Use of a Commercially Available Antibody Cocktail for Subtyping Bronchoalveolar Lavage Lymphocytes by Flow Cytometry." Cytometry B Clin Cytom. Vol. 70(3), (January 2006.): 170-178.

Smith,PA; Kohli,LM; Wood,KL; Hage,CA; Twigg,HL; Knox,KS. "Cytometric analysis of BAL T cells labeled with a standardized antibody cocktail correlates with immunohistochemical staining." CYTOMETRY PART B-CLINICAL CYTOMETRY. Vol. 70B, no. 3. (May 2006.): 170-178.

Bhatt NY, Wood KL.. "What defines abnormal lung function in older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?." Drugs and Aging. Vol. 25, no. 9. (January 2008.): 717-728.

Khan M, Wood KL, Bhatt NY. "Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome." Sleep Medicine Clinics. Vol. 3, no. 4. (December 2008.): 525-539.

Devulapally, K and Wood, KL. "Diffuse Infiltrates Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation." ATS Clinical Cases on ATS Website. Vol. ., (January 2008.): .-.

Kampfrath T, Deiuliis JA, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Anderson J, Sun Q, Wood K, Ostrowski MC, Rajagopalan S. "A Mouse Model of Yellow Fluorescent Protein (YFP) Expression in Hematopoietic Cells to Assess Leukocyte-Endothelial Interactions in the Microcirculation." Microvascular Research. Vol. 78, no. 3. (December 2009.): 294-300.

Brent P. Riscili M.D. and LKaren L. Wood M.D.. "Noninvasive pulmonary Aspergillus infections.." Clinics in Chest Medicine. Vol. 30, no. 2. (June 2009.): 315-335.

Strack LK, Hitchcock CL and Wood, KL. "Incidental Pulmonary Nodule in a 75 year-old man." ATS Clinical Cases on ATS Website. Vol. ., (December 2009.): .-.

Wood KL, Twigg HL 3rd, Doseff AI. "Dysregulation of CD8+ lymphocyte apoptosis, chronic disease, and immune regulation." Frontiers in Bioscience. Vol. 14, (January 2009.): 3771-3781.

Wood KL, Voss OH, Huang Q, Parihar A, Mehta N, Batra S, Doseff AI. "The Small Heat Shock Protein 27 is a Key Regulator of CD8+CD57+ Lymphocyte Survival." Journal of Immunology. Vol. 184, no. 10. (May 2010.): 5582-5588.

Rahmanian S and Wood KL. "Bronchiolitis Obliterans and the Risk of Pneumothorax after Transbronchial Biopsy." Respiratory Medicine CME. Vol. CME 3, no. 2. (April 2010.): 87-89.

Wood KL, Nunley DR, Moffatt-Bruce S, Pope-Harman A, Huang Q, Shamo EN, Phillips GS, Baran C, Batra S, Marsh CB, Doseff AI. "The Role of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome after Lung Transplantation." Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Vol. 29, no. 7. (July 2010.): 786-791.

Bruce JT, Tran JM, Phillips G, Elder P, Mastronarde JG, Devine SM, Hofmeister CC, Wood KL.. "Chemotherapeutic Agents Increase the Risk for Pulmonary Function Test Abnormalities in Patients With Multiple Myeloma." Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & leukemia. Vol. 12, no. 5. (October 2012.): 325-9.

Diab KJ, Yu Z, Wood KL, Shmalo JA, Sheski FD, Farber MO, Wilkes DS, Nelson RP. "Comparison of Pulmonary Complications after Nonmyeloablative and Conventional Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation." Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Vol. 18, no. 12. (December 2012.): 1827-34.

Tran, JM; Norder, EE; Diaz P; Phillips, GS; Devine, SM; Wood, KL. "Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation." Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Vol. 18, no. 8. (August 2012.): 1250-1254.

Kynyk JA, Wood KL. "Living with COPD: 5 Things Your Patients Might Not Tell You." Consultant Live. Vol. NA, (March 2012.): NA-.

Wood, Karen. "What's New in Treatment for COPD?." Consultant Live. Vol. NA, (January 2012.): NA-.

Wood KL. "Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome: Simple to Diagnose, Potentially Deadly if Overlooked." Consultant Live. Vol. NA, (May 2012.): NA-.

Amin EN, Russell CD, Shilo K, Islam S, Wood KL.. "Diagnostic Value of Blood Clot Core During Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspirate." Lung. Vol. 191, no. 3. (June 2013.): 305-309.

Julian MW, Shao G, Schlesinger LS, Huang W, Cosmar DG, Bhatt NY, Culver DA, Baughman RP, Wood KL, Crouser ED. "Nicotine Treatment Improves TLR2 and TLR9 Responsiveness in Active Pulmonary Sarcoidosis.." Chest. Vol. 143, no. 2. (February 2013.): 461-70.

Kynyk J, Benninger C, Wood KL. "Bronchial thermoplasty." Otolaryngol Clin North Am. Vol. 47, no. 1. (February 2014.): 77-86.

Rahmanian SD, Wood KL, Lin S, King MA, Horne A, Yang S, Wu H, Diaz PT. "Gender Differences in Pulmonary Function, Respiratory Symptoms and Macrophage Proteomics among HIV-Infected Smokers." Scientifica. Vol. EPUB, (March 2014.): EPUB-.

Gorbett D, Ghosh S, Boutsicaris C,Wood K, and Magalang, UJ. "Central Airway Narrowing during an Acute Asthma Attack." American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Vol. 190, no. 6. (September 2014.): 320-e21.

Wood KL and Esguerra VG. "Management of Pulmonary Complications After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation." Hospital Physician Board Review Manual. -.


Reference Works

April 2006 Wood KL, CB Marsh, JL Meyers, DS Wilkes, WS Goebel."Timing of Alveolar Macrophage Repopulation after Bone Marrow Transplant is Dependent of Conditioning Regimen" .
April 2007 Twehues AR, GS Phillips, KL Wood, NY Bhatt."Predicting Total Lung Capacity from Spirometry" .
April 2008 Wood KL Huang Q, Phillips GS Shamo EN , Nunley DR, Doseff AI.."The Role of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Bronchiolitis Obliterans after Lung Transplantation" .
May 2010 Jerry M. Tran, Neeraj Mehta, Steven Devine, Gary Phillips, Pat Elder, and Karen Wood."Diagnostic Yield Of Bronchoscopy And Bronchoalveolar Lavage In Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Recipients" .
May 2010 Jarrod Bruce, Jerry Tran, Gary Phillips, Pat Elder, John G. Mastronarde, Steven Devine, and Karen L. Wood."Chemotherapeutic Agent Increase The Risk For Pulmonary Function Test Abnormalities Pre-transplant In Multiple Myeloma Patients" .
May 2010 David R. Nunley, Gerene S. Bauldoff, Christopher Holloman, Christopher Baran, Amy Pope-Harman, Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, and Karen L. Wood."Cigarette Smoking Following Lung Transplantation: Short-term Effects On The Allograft" .
May 2011 M. Julian, G. Shao, Q. Huang, N. Bhatt, D. Cosmar, G. Phillips, L. Schlesinger, D. A. Culver, R. P. Baughman, K. Wood, E.D. Crouser."Nicotine Treatment For Sarcoidosis: Pilot Study Results" . : A5631
May 2011 K. Dhawan, J. Bruce, A. R. Twehues, J. M. Tran, J. S. Smith, J. W. McCallister, J. G. Mastronarde, G. Phillips, J. Costanzo,K. Wood."A Description Of Outpatient Pulmonary And Sleep Medicine Coding Practices At A Large AcademicMedical Center" . : A2935
May 2011 J. M. Tran, P. Diaz, G. Phillips, S. Devine, K. Wood."Effects Of Pulmonary Rehab In Patients With Bronchiolitis Obliterans SyndromeJ." . : A5048
May 2011 J. M. Tran, G. Phillips, S. Devine, K. Wood."Incidence Of Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome After Hsct Varies Using Different Definitions" . : A1152
May 2011 D. R. Nunley, C. H. Holloman, G. S. Bauldoff, C. Baran, S. Carter, A. L. Pope-Harman, K. Wood."Changes In Pulmonary Function And Interleukin-8 Expression In Lung Transplant Recipients WithBronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome: Effects Of Azithromycin Therapy" . : A4644
May 2012 Norder EE, Phillips G, Devine SM, Wood KL."Decreased Health Related Quality Of Life In Patients With Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome Following Stem Cell Transplantation" NY. : A4475
May 2012 Russell C, Norder E, Shilo K, Islam S, Wood K."Sending Core Biopsies From Endobronchial Ultrasound Aspirations Improves Diagnostic Yield" NY. : A2989
May 2014 Anderson TB, Duffy JS, Kingrey J, Mukku S, Rivas-Perez H, Tapyrik SA, Bhatt NY, Wood KL.."Variability In Interpreting Severity Of Restrictive Lung Disease And Six Minute Walk Tests Among Pulmonologists: Identifying A Need For More Specific Guidelines." New York.


August 2012 Wood, KL."The Lung Center"


"Non-Infectious Complications of Bone Marrow Transplantation." Presented at American Thoracic Society International Conference, . (May 2005)

"Timing of Alveolar Macrophage Repopulation after Bone Marrow Transplant is Dependent of Conditioning Regimen." Presented at American Thoracic Society International Conference, . (May 2006)

"Pulmonary/Critical Care Complications of Bone Marrow Transplantation." Presented at American Thoracic Society International Conference, . (May 2006)

"The Role of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Bronchiolitis Obliterans after Lung Transplantation." Presented at American Thoracic Society, Toronto. (May 2008)


Professional Activities

2011 - present Iinvited Peer review of a research grant about bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. PSI Foundation.
2011 - present Invited peer review for a research grant as an independent expert in COPD. Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Unpublished Works

Wood KL, Nana-Sinkam PS, Ferketich A, King, MA, Horne A, Yang S, Wu H, Diaz PT.. Proteomic differences in alveolar macrophages among HIV-infected subjects with emphysema. September 2014.