Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.
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About Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.
Dr. Crystal has 40 years of experience as a pulmonary physician, with a primary focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fibrotic lung disease, asthma, lung cancer and hereditary lung disease. Before joining the Weill Cornell Faculty, Dr. Crystal was Chief, Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where he and his colleagues characterized the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and developed the FDA-approved therapy for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. From 1993 to 2012, he served as Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He presently is Chairman, Department of Genetic Medicine, and continues to have an active pulmonary clinical practice.
Internship: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Fellowship: Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Research Associate, Section on Molecular Hematology, NHLI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Head, Section on Pulmonary Biochemistry, NHLI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Clinical Fellow, Chest Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Chief, Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Special Volunteer, Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Military: Surgeon, Commissioned Corps, USPHS; Senior Surgeon, Commissioned Corps, USPHS; Medical Director, Commissioned Corps, USPHS;
Present, Medical Director (Retired), Commissioned Corps, USPHS
Alpha Omega Alpha; American Society for Clinical Investigation; Association of American Physicians;
Public Health Service Commendation medal (1983)
Outstanding Service medal (1988) Meritorious Service Award (1991) Honorary Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (2001)
Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2005)
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (1992)
M.D.University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine1968
M.S.University of Pennsylvania1963
Chair of Genetic MedicineWeill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Professor of MedicineWeill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
The Bruce Webster Professor of Internal MedicineWeill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Attending PhysicianNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Professor of Genetic MedicineWeill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
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