Associate Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, UAB Lung Health Center

Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
1530 3rd Avenue So, THT-422
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294

Board Certifications

2000, American Board of Internal Medicine
2002, American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
2003, American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1997

Internship:  University of Alabama - Birmingham, 1997-1998

Residency:  University of Alabama - Birmingham, 1998-2000

Fellowship:  University of Alabama - Birmingham, 2000-2003

Chief Fellow:  University of Alabama - Birmingham, 2002-2003 

Contact Information


Campus Address:


 THT 422

Academic Office location:


 OHB 138

Office Phone:


 (205) 934-5425

Office Fax (Academic):


 (205) 934-6229

TKC Clinic Phone:


 (205) 801-7545

TKC Clinic Fax:


 (205) 802-8231

Email Address:



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Office Assistant:   

Amy Patillo                               
Ph: (205) 934-5425

Fax: (205) 934-6229


Brief Bio

Dr. Dransfield completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1997, followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he served as chief fellow.  He has been on the faculty at UAB since 2003 and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.  He serves as the Medical Director of the UAB Lung Health Center and is also the Associate Fellowship Director for Research.  Dr. Dransfield is also the Director of the Bronchoscopy unit and the Lung Mass Clinic at the Birmingham VA Medical Centerl.  He was named as a "Top 10 Teacher" in the Department of Medicine in 2006-2008, and in 2009 he was a recipient of the Cobbs-Rutsky Award for Clinical Excellence in Teaching.  He was named one of America's Top Doctors for 2010.     


Clinical Interests 

Dr. Dransfield's clinical interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.  He has particular interest in the care of patients with advanced COPD and directs the UAB lung volume reduction surgery evaluation process.  He and Nurse-Practitioner deNay Kirkpatrick work together at the Kirklin Clinic in an effort to provide comprehensive medical care and patient education to COPD patients.  Dr. Dransfield also evaluates patients with suspected or confirmed thoracic malignancies and is trained in endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). 

Academic & Research Interests

Dr. Dransfield's primary research interest is COPD and he is Principal Investigator for multiple clinical trials at the UAB Lung Health Center including the NIH sponsored COPD Clinical Research Network studies and COPDGene as well as multiple phase II-IV pharma sponsored projects.  As Medical Director of the LHC he also oversees multiple translational research projects focusing on airways disease.  The LHC has the capability for all aspects of pulmonary function testing as well as research bronchoscopy and has active collaborations across campus for mass spectrometry and proteomics, synthetic chemistry, biospecimen analysis and storage, and murine physiology and sample analysis. 


Key Publications

Dransfield MT, Nahm MH, Han MK, et al for the COPD Clinical Research Network.  Superior
Immune Response to Protein-conjugate vs. Free Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine in COPD.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009; 188:499-505.

Criner GJ, Pinto-Plata V, Strange C, Dransfield M, et al.  Biologic lung volume reduction
(BLVR) in advanced upper lobe emphysema:  Phase 2 results.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2009; 179:791-8.

Dransfield MT, Rowe SM, Johnson JE, Bailey WC, Gerald LB.  Beta-blocker use and the risk of death in hospitalized patients with acute exacerbations of COPD.  Thorax 2008; 63:301-305.

Schenkein JG, Nahm M, Dransfield MT.  Pneumococcal vaccination for patients with COPD:
Current practice and future directions.  Chest 2008; 133:767-774.

Dransfield MT, Washko GR, Foreman MG, Estepar RSJ, Reilly J, Bailey WC.  Gender
differences in the severity of CT emphysema in COPD.  Chest 2007; 132:464-470.

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