Mario Perez, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine, UConn Health (Affiliate)


Research Overview

I continue pursuing a career in academic medicine with the goal of becoming an independent translational researcher in pulmonary and critical care medicine. I believe that understanding the local inflammatory response triggered by noxious stimuli such as conventional and electronic cigarettes that leads to the development of pulmonary diseases will provide much needed information for regulatory bodies around the country. In addition, better understanding of the inflammatory pathways associated with tobacco products could lead to the discovery of biomarkers that could identify patients at higher risk of smoking related diseases and novel therapeutic targets.
Currently I am working on generating preliminary data to apply for a K award through the NIH. This award will allow me to pursue further training in scientific and grant writing, immunology, statistical methods and bioinformatics through formal courses offered at the University of Connecticut. My long term goal is to create the University of Connecticut Respiratory Institute. The Institute will provide superb patient care to the surrounding community, will engage the community through research and education, will facilitate the education of the next generation of health care providers, and will contribute to the scientific community through novel translational research.

Education

MD, 12/1995, Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, DC
MPH, 05/2010, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT

Featured Publications

1) Peer Review Publications
a) Yan X, Chu JH, Gomez J, Koenigs M, Holm C, He X, Perez MF, Zhao H, Mane S, Martinez FD, Ober C, Nicolae DL, Barnes KC, London SJ, Gilliland F, Weiss ST, Raby BA, Cohn L, Chupp GL. Noninvasive Analysis of the Sputum Transcriptome Discriminates Clinical Phenotypes of Asthma. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Mar;13 Suppl 1:S104-5. PubMed PMID: 27027945; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5015745.
b) Yan X, Chu JH, Gomez J, Koenigs M, Holm C, He X, Perez MF, Zhao H, Mane S, Martinez FD, Ober C, Nicolae DL, Barnes KC, London SJ, Gilliland F, Weiss ST, Raby BA, Cohn L, Chupp GL. Noninvasive analysis of the sputum transcriptome discriminates clinical phenotypes of asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 May 15;191(10):1116-25. PubMed PMID: 25763605; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4451618.
c) Number of Consultations and Response Time to ED: Effects on Patient Flow and Outcomes. Submitted for publications. Accepted for Publication. Connecticut Medicine Magazine Feb 2017.

2) Editorials
a) Survival and Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Letter to the Editor, NEJM (363) 2263-2265
b) Point Counter Point: Are advanced practice professionals more likely to achieve better tobacco cessation results than physicians? The “No” Argument. Submitted for publication. Chest Journal.

Contact Information
Emailmaperez@uchc.edu
Phone860.679.3585
Mailing AddressUConn Health
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
263 Farmington Ave
H3004
Farmington, CT 06030