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Mahendra Damarla, M.D.

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  • Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Acute Lung Injury (ALI), Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine more

Research Interests

Vascular biology

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Dr. Damarla is a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of all forms of acute respiratory failure, including asthma, pneumonia, C.O.P.D., neuromuscular diseases, and the acute respiratory distress syndrome. He also has extensive experience in the management of other life-threatening conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding, pulmonary embolism, diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar states, and shock from sepsis, hypovolemia, and heart disease. more


  • Associate Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; University of Louisville School of Medicine (2001)


  • Internal Medicine; St Elizabeth's Medical Center (2005)


  • Pulmonary Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine) (2012)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease) (2020)

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Research Summary

Dr. Damarla’s primary research focus is on the molecular mechanisms in the development of and recovery from the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a severe, life-threatening condition triggered by pneumonia, other severe infections, pancreatitis, trauma, and aspiration. One of his areas of interest is endothelial cell biology and diseases of the pulmonary vasculature with specific focus on non-canonical functions of apoptotic signaling pathways.

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