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Henry Eric Fessler, M.D.

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  • Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Professor of Medicine


Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Heart-lung interaction; Lung mechanics; Mechanical ventilation

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Dr. Fessler is a specialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management 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. more


  • Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine, Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1982)


  • Hartford Hospital / Internal Medicine (1985)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Critical Care Medicine (1991)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1985)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine / Pulmonary Disease (1988)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Fessler’s interests are focused largely on medical education, from medical school to continuing medical education. He directs the Genes-to-Society course, the largest course in the School of Medicine with over 350 faculty and 1000 classroom hours. He developed and led the required, 4th year Advanced Clerkship in Critical Care. He teaches residents, students and fellows in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and serves on the Intern Selection Committee for the Osler Medical Residency. He is the director of the fellowship program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, one of the largest in the country, whose graduates now serve as clinicians, researchers, and educators at schools of Medicine throughout the country. Dr. Fessler has published over 100 research papers, reviews, editorials and book chapters. He chairs the American Thoracic Society Section on Medical Education and is past-president of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors.

Selected Publications

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Lenz PH, McCallister JW, Luks AM, Le TT, Fessler HE. "Practical strategies for effective lectures." Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Apr;12(4):561-6. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201501-024AR.

Fessler HE, Addrizzo-Harris D, Beck JM, Buckley JD, Pastores SM, Piquette CA, Rowley JA, Spevetz A. "Entrustable professional activities and curricular milestones for fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine: report of a multisociety working group." Chest. 2014 Sep;146(3):813-34. doi: 10.1378/chest.14-0710.

Fessler HE. Undergraduate medical education in critical care. Crit Care Med. 2012 Nov; 40(11):3065-9. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31826ab360. Review. PMID: 22975892

Simkin DJ, Greene JA, Jung J, Sacks BC, Fessler HE. The Death of Animals in Medical School. N Engl J Med. 2017 Feb 23;376(8):713-715. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1612992. PMID: 28225675

Fessler HE. Three Years of Medical Education at the American Thoracic Society. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Apr;14(4):485-486. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201701-017ED. PMID: 28362527

Activities & Honors


  • Outstanding Educational Program, Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education, 2014
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors, 2016
  • Professors' Award for Teaching in the Clinical Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2014
  • Outstanding Educator Award, American Thoracic Society, 2017

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