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David Pearse, M.D.

David Bennett Pearse, M.D.

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  • Pulmonary Director, Chronic Ventilator Unit, John Burton Pavilion, Johns Hopkins Bayview Med Center
  • Professor of Medicine


Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Pulmonary endothelial barrier function; Acute lung injury; Pulmonary thromboembolism more


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle
Asthma and Allergy Center
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-2515 | Fax: 410-550-2612

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-550-5864
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3467

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-3467
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Pearse is a subspecialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of all forms of critical illness requiring intensive care unit care including the multiple causes of acute respiratory failure as well as severe disorders of other organ systems including sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, toxic ingestions and acute liver or kidney failure. In the chronic ventilator unit, Dr. Pearse provides expertise in the diagnosis and ventilator liberation management of stable patients with chronic respiratory failure. Dr. Pearse has particular interest in the diagnosis and management of acute pulmonary thromboembolism and community-acquired pneumonia. more


  • Pulmonary Director, Chronic Ventilator Unit, John Burton Pavilion, Johns Hopkins Bayview Med Center
  • Chair, Department of Medicine Appointments and Promotions Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Medicine; University of Florida College of Medicine (1980)


  • Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1983)


  • Pulmonary Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1984)
  • Critical Care Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1983)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease) (1986)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Pearse’s primary research interests have been on the pathophysiologic and molecular mechanisms behind the increased leakiness of lung blood vessels to water and protein that occurs when the lung is injured by variety of clinical insults. His work in this regard utilized animal and cell culture models of acute lung injuries such as transient interruptions of lung blood flow, severe pneumonia and malaria. Dr. Pearse has over 80 publications, reviews and book chapters, most of which focus on acute lung injury or pulmonary thromboembolism.

Patient Ratings & Comments

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