Professor Emeritus of Medicine

Eminent Scholar Chair in Pulmonary Disease

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
1900 University Blvd., THT-422
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294

Physician Provider Profile

Board Certifications
1970, American Board of Internal Medicine
1972, American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases

Medical School:  Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Internship:  Tulane Division, Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

Residency:  Tulane Division, Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

Fellowship:  Pulmonary Disease, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Contact Information

Campus Address:

 THT 422

Academic Office location:

 NHB 104

Office Phone:

 (205) 934-3915

Office Fax (Academic):

 (205) 996-6340

TKC Clinic Phone:

 (205) 801-7545

TKC Clinic Fax:

 (205) 802-8231

Email Address:


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Office Assistant:   

Irene Lynn
Ph: (205) 934-5560

Fax: (205) 996-6340

Felicia A. Williams
Ph: (205) 934-3915
Fax: (205)

Brief Bio

Dr. William C. Bailey is Professor of Medicine in the Lung Health Center and Eminent Scholar Chair in Pulmonary Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Bailey has been on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 1973 and has been Professor of Medicine since 1979.  He founded The Lung Health Center in 1984.  He has practiced medicine, taught, performed research, and been involved in administrative endeavors for his entire career.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society and on the Council of the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

In addition, Dr. Bailey has been a member of many editorial review boards of peer-reviewed journals and has served as a frequent scientific reviewer of both scientific articles and peer-reviewed research.  He has published more than 200 articles and has been the recipient of many grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health and other sources.   He currently holds the Eminent Scholar Chair in Pulmonary Disease. He graduated from Tulane University Medical School and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, having received certified specialty training in these disciplines at Tulane University Medical Center and Charity Hospital of Louisiana.

Clinical Interests 
Asthma, COPD, environmental and occupational lung diseases, smoking cessation and tuberculosis

Academic & Research Interests
Tuberculosis, asthma, COPD, smoking cessation

Key Publications
Regan EA, Lynch DA, Curran-Everett D, Curtis JL, Austin JH, Grenier PA, Kauczor HU, Bailey WC, DeMeo DL, Casaburi RH, Friedman P, Van Beek EJ, Hokanson JE, Bowler RP, Beaty TH, Washko GR, Han MK, Kim V, Kim SS, Yagihashi K, Washington L, McEvoy CE, Tanner C, Mannino DM, Make BJ, Silverman EK, Crapo JD; Genetic Epidemiology of COPD (COPDGene) Investigators. 2015. Clinical and Radiologic Disease in Smokers With Normal Spirometry. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jun 22. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.201502735[Epub ahead of print]

Hendricks PS, Cases MG, Thorne CB, Cheong J, Harrington KF, Kohler CL, Bailey WC. Hospitalized smokers’ expectancies for electronic cigarettes versus tobacco cigarettes. Addict Behav.2015 Feb;41:106-11. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.031. Epub 2014 Sep 28.

Wells JM, Washko GR, Han MK, Abbas N, Nath H, Mamary AJ, Regan E, Bailey WC, Martinez FJ, Westfall E, Beaty TH, Curran-Everett Dm Curtis JL, Hokanson JE, Lynch DA, Make BJ, Crapo JD, Silverman EK, Bowler RP, Dransfield MT; COPDGene Investigators; ECLIPSE Study Investigators. Pulmonary arterial enlargement and acute exacerbations of COPD. N Engl J Med. Med. 2012 Sep 6;367(10):913-21. doi 10. 1056/NEJMoa1203830. Epub 2012 Sep 3.

Gerald LB, Gerald JK, McClure LA, Harrington K, Erwin S, Bailey WC. Redesigning a large school-based clinical trial in response to changes in community practice.Clin Trials. 2011 Jun;8(3):311-9. doi: 10. 1177/1740774511403513.

Clinical Practice Guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update Panel, Liaisons, and Staff. A clinical practice guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update. A U.S. Public Health Service report.Am J Prev Med. 2008 Aug;35(2):158-76. doi: 10. 1016/j.amepre.2008.04.009. Review.

Gerald, LB, Grad R, Turner-Henson A, Hains C, Tang S, Feinstein R, Willie K, Erwin S, Bailey WC. Validation of a multistage asthma case-detection procedure for elementary school children.Pediatrics. 2004 Oct;114(4):e459-68

Gerald LB, Bruce F, Brooks CM, Brook N, Kimerling ME, Windsor RA, Bailey WC.Standardizing contact investigation protocols.Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2003 Dec;7(12 Suppl 3):S369-74.

Gerald LB, Tang S, Bruce F, Redden D, Kimerling ME, Brook N, Dunlap N, Bailey WC. A decision tree for tuberculosis contact investigation.Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 Oct 15;166(8):1122-7

Bailey WC, Gerald LB, Kimerling ME, Redden D, Brook N, Bruce F, Tang S, Duncan S, Brooks CM, Dunlap NE. Predictive model to identify positive tuberculosis skin test results during contact investigations.JAMA. 2002 Feb 27;287(8):996-1002.

Murray RP, Bailey WC, Daniels K, Bjornson WM, Kurnow K, Connett JE, Nides MA, Kiley JP. Safety of nicotine polacrilex gum used by 3, 094 participants in the Lung Health Study. Lung Health Study Research Group. Chest. 1996 Feb;109(2):438-45.

Anthonisen NR, Connett JE, Kiley JP, Altose MD, Bailey WC, Buist AS, Conway WA Jr, Enright PL, Kanner RE, O’Hara P, et al. Effects of smoking intervention and the use of an inhaled anticholinergic bronchodilator on the rate of decline of FEV1. The Lung Health Study.JAMA. 1994 Nov 16;272(19):1497-505.

Bailey WC, Higgins DM, Richards BM, Richards JM Jr. Asthma severity: a factor analytic investigation. Am J Med. 1992 Sep;93(3):263-9.

Bailey WC, Richards JM Jr, Brooks CM, Soong SJ, Windsor RA, Manzella BA. A randomized trial to improve self-management practices of adults with asthma. Arch Intern Med. 1990 Aug;150(8):1664-8.

Manzella BA, Brooks CM, Richards JM Jr, Windsor RA, Soong S, Bailey WC. Assessing the use of metered dose inhalers by adults with asthma.J Asthma. 1989;26(4):223-30.

Bailey WC, Weill H, DeRouen TA, Ziskind MM, Jackson HA. The effect of isoniazid on transaminase levels. Ann Intern Med. 1974 Aug;81(2):200-2. No abstract available

Bailey WC, Brown M, Buechner HA, Weill H, Ichinose H, Ziskind M. Silico-mycobacterial disease in sandblasters. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1974 Aug;110(2):115-25. No abstract available

Bailey WC, Greenberg HB. Chest X-ray film not needed during antituberculosis chemoprophylaxis. JAMA. 1973 Aug 27;225(9):1121-2. No abstract available.

Bailey WC, Thompson DH, Jacobs S, Ziskind M, Greenberg HB. Evaluating the need for periodic recall and re-examination of patients with inactive pulmonary tuberculosis.
Am Rev Respir Dis. 1973 May;107(5):854-7.

Bailey WC, Taylor SL, Dascomb HE, Greenberg HB, Ziskind MM. Disturbed hepatic function during isoniazid chemoprophylaxis. Monitoring the hepatic function of 427 hospital employees receiving isoniazid chemoprophylaxis for tuberculosis. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1973 Apr;107(4):523-9. No abstract available.

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