FacultyPhotoDransfield Professor

Areas of Interest
COPD, Emphysema, Lung Cancer

Dr. Dransfield completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 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 Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. Dransfield is also the Director of the Bronchoscopy unit and the Lung Mass Clinic at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.  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 2010-2016. 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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Bundled Payments for Care Initiative for COPD. Dr. Dransfield also evaluates patients with suspected or confirmed thoracic malignancies.

Dr. Dransfield's primary research interests are Clinical Trials, Epidemiology and outcomes of COPD. 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.

Education & Training

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

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL

Contact Information


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Office Phone
(205) 934-5425

(205) 934-3277

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Linda Johnson-Phipps                            
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