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David Robert Moller, M.D.

David Robert Moller, M.D.

  • Former Director, Sarcoidosis Clinic
  • Professor Emeritus of Medicine


Pulmonary Medicine, Sarcoidosis

Research Interests

Sarcoidosis; Granulomatous lung disease; pulmonary fibrosis more

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Dr. David Moller is professor emeritus of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include pulmonary medicine, with a particular focus on sarcoidosis. Dr. Moller formerly served as the director of the Sarcoidosis Clinic at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Moller earned his M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. He performed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

Dr. Moller’s research interests include sarcoidosis, granulomatous lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis. more


  • Former Director, Sarcoidosis Clinic
  • Professor Emeritus of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine; Tufts University School of Medicine (1979)


  • Internal Medicine; Albany Medical College (1982)
  • Occupational Medicine; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1983)


  • Pulmonary Medicine; National Institutes of Health (1989)
  • Allergy and Clinical Immunology; University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1985)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology (Allergy & Immunology) (1985)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1982)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease) (1988)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Moller’s former research focuses on sarcoidosis. He was the senior investigator on a project that identified a possible protein trigger responsible for sarcoidosis, a potentially fatal inflammatory disease marked by tiny clumps of inflammatory cells that can leave deep, grainy scars on the lungs, lymph nodes, skin and other major organs in many thousands of Americans.


Selected Publications

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Moller DR, Koth LL, Maier LA, Morris A, Drake W, Rossman M, Leader JK, Collman RG, Hamzeh N, Sweiss NJ, Zhang Y, O'Neal S, Senior RM, Becich M, Hochheiser HS, Kaminski N, Wisniewski SR, Gibson KF; GRADS Sarcoidosis Study Group. “Rationale and Design of the Genomic Research in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and sarcoidosis (GRADS) study. Sarcoidosis Protocol.” Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Oct;12(10):1561-71. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201503-172OT.

Chen ES, Moller DR. “Etiologies of sarcoidosis.” Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2015 Aug;49(1):6-18. doi: 10.1007/s12016-015-8481-z. PMID: 25771769

Moller DR. “Negative clinical trials in sarcoidosis: failed therapies or flawed study design?” Eur Respir J. 2014 Nov;44(5):1123-6. doi: 10.1183/09031936.00156314. No abstract available. PMID: 25362122

Chen ES, Moller DR. “Etiologic role of infectious agents.” Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Jun;35(3):285-95. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1376859. Epub 2014 Jul 9. Review. PMID: 25007081

Muller-Quernheim J, Prasse A, Moller DR. "Sarcoidosis: recent advances." Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Jun;35(3):283-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1376864. Epub 2014 Jul 9. No abstract available. 

Zhou T, Zhang W, Sweiss NJ, Chen ES, Moller DR, Knox KS, Ma SF, Wade MS, Noth I, Machado RF, Garcia JG. Peripheral blood gene expression as a novel genomic biomarker in complicated sarcoidosis. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44818. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044818. Epub 2012 Sep 12. PMID: 22984568

Sweiss NJ, Zhang W, Franek BS, Kariuki SN, Moller DR, Patterson KC, Bennett P, Girijala LR, Nair V, Baughman RP, Garcia JG, Niewold TB. Linkage of type I interferon activity and TNF-alpha levels in serum with sarcoidosis manifestations and ancestry. PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e29126. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029126. Epub 2011 Dec 14. PMID: 22195005

Chen ES, Moller DR. Sarcoidosis--scientific progress and clinical challenges. Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2011 Jul 12;7(8):457-67. doi: 10.1038/nrrheum.2011.93. Review. PMID: 21750528

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