Assistant Professor of Medicine

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
2008, American Board of Internal Medicine

2011, American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
2012, American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Medical School:  University of Texas, Austin, TX

Internship & Residency:  University of  Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Fellowship:  University of Alabama at Birmingham, Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Contact Information

Campus Address:

 THT 422

Academic Office location:

 MCLM 894

Office Phone:

 (205) 934-6047

Office Fax (Academic):

 (205) 934-1446

Email Address:


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Office Assistant:   
Linda Johnson-Phipps                           
Ph: (205) 996-0101
Fax: (205) 934-3277

Brief Bio
Dr. Wells’ research and clinical interest focuses on COPD, including COPD-associated pulmonary vascular disease. He is currently exploring the mechanism by which a tri-peptide extracellular matrix collagen fragment causes pulmonary hypertension in COPD through a translational research project that incorporates his interest in proteomics and imaging. Dr. Wells received his Internal Medicine and Pulmonary / Critical Care post-graduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He also served as Chief Medical Resident from 2008-2009. During his pulmonary fellowship, Dr. Wells was the first post-doctoral fellow at UAB selected to the T32 Training Grant in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine under the mentorship of Drs. Blalock and Dransfield in 2010.

Dr. Wells joined the Pulmonary Division in 2012 as an Assistant Professor. His research productivity has been recognized through publications, presentations at national meetings, and receipt of awards including the Sreedhar Nair Early Stage Investigator Award in COPD from the American Thoracic Society in 2015 and he was named one of the first Pittman Scholars at UAB in 2015. His research has been funded through intramural and extramural awards including a NIH/NHLBI K08 Mentored Scientist Career Development Award, a Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Grant, the Walter B. Frommeyer Jr. Fellowship in Investigational Medicine from UAB, the NIH/NHLBI Loan Repayment Program, as well as through clinical trials in COPD.

Clinical Interests  
COPD, Critical Care, Airways Diseases

Academic & Research Interests 
COPD, COPD phenotyping, COPD exacerbations, pulmonary vascular disease, inflammation, other airway diseases including CF

Key Publications
Brizendine K, Wells JM, Flanders S, Saint S, Centor R. “Clinical Problem Solving: In Search Of…” N Engl J Med. 2010 Dec 2; 363(23):2249-54. PMID: 21121838

Wells JM, Wilhelm AW, Vishin S, Cooper JA. Beyond the Blue: What fellows are reading in other journals.  Recommended reading from the University of Alabama Birmingham fellows. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., Feb 2011; 183: 411 – 412.

Wells JM, Washko GR, Han MK, Abbas N, Nath H, Mamary AJ, Regan E, Bailey WC, Martinez FJ, Westfall E, Beaty TH, Curran-Everett D, 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. 2012 Sept 6; 367(10):913-21

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