Richard Casaburi, PhD, MD
Associate Chief for Research, Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology and Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Medical Director, Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center, LA BioMed
Chronic and Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), exercise physiology, pulmonary rehabilitation
Research DescriptionDr. Casaburi is an internationally renowned expert on Chronic and Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Dr. Casaburi established the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center, a clinical research facility dedicated to improving the lives of COPD patients. In this center, multiple concurrent clinical trials are performed, all focused on developing strategies such as exercise testing and training to improve the lives of patients with COPD. Dr. Casaburi has completed more than 75 clinical research studies, including participation in three major NIH multicenter projects. He has published more than 260 papers.
In addition Dr. Casaburi holds the Alvin Grancell/Mary Burns Endowed Chair in the Rehabilitative Sciences at LA BioMed, and serves as president of the Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing the scientific basis and practice of pulmonary rehabilitation.
- BS, 1968, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, Troy, NY
- MEng, 1969, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, Troy, NY
- PhD, 1971, Rensselaer Polytech Institute, Troy, NY
- MD, 1980, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Recent and/or Significant Publications
- Casaburi, R. and R. ZuWallack. Pulmonary rehabilitation for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. New Engl. J. Med. 360:1329-1335, 2009.
- Casaburi, R., J. Porszasz, A. Hecht, B. Tiep, R.K. Albert, N.R. Anthonisen, W.C. Bailey, J.E. Connett, J.A. Cooper Jr, G.J. Criner, J. Curtis, M. Dransfield, S.C. Lazarus, B. Make, F.J. Martinez, C. McEvoy, D.E. Niewoehner, J.J. Reilly, P. Scanlon, S.M. Scharf, F.C. Sciurba, P. Woodruff for the COPD Clinical Research Network. Influence of lightweight ambulatory oxygen on oxygen use and activity patterns of COPD patients receiving long-term oxygen therapy. J. COPD 9:3-11, 2012.
- Porszasz, J., R. Cao, R. Morishige, L.A. van Eykern, A. Stenzler, R. Casaburi. Physiologic effects of an ambulatory ventilation system in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 188:334-342, 2013.
- Casaburi, R., F. Maltais, J. Porszasz, F. Albers, Q. Deng, A. Iqbal, H.A. Paden, D.E. O’Donnell. Effects of tiotropium on hyperinflation and treadmill exercise tolerance in mild–moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ann. American Thoracic Soc. 11(9):1351-1361,2014.