Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

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photo Divay Chandra, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-648-6494

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-648-6494
Fax: 412-648-6495
Administrative Assistant:
JoAnne Phillips-Kronz
Phone: 412-648-6494
Fax: 412-648-6495
Education and Training
MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2003
MSc, Clinical Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2008
Residency, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2007
Fellowship, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2012
Research Interest
Dr. Chandra’s research focuses on three aspects of COPD:

How does a disease of the lung (COPD) produce varied systemic comorbidities such as atherosclerosis and kidney dysfunction? This research uses a translational approach, and focuses on the study of inflammatory and autoimmunity processes as novel mechanisms for systemic vascular injury in COPD.

Are there as yet undefined systemic manifestations of COPD and how can these be identified? This work includes the first description of a novel emphysema kidney injury phenotype.

How can phenomic data on patients with COPD be analyzed and interpreted using advanced computational methods to understand disease heterogeneity?
Clinical Interest
Dr. Chandra’s clinical interests focus on critical illness and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In COPD, he is specifically interested in systemic manifestations of this disease including atherosclerosis. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care Medicine.
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Armin Ernst, Simoff M, David Ost, G Michaud, Divay Chandra, Felix J Herth. A Multi-Center, Prospective, Advanced Diagnostic Bronchoscopy Outcomes Registry. CHEST. 2010; Epub April 2nd.
Divay Chandra, David Lipson, Eric Hoffman, John Hansen-Flaschen, Frank Sciurba, Malcome DeCamp, John Reilly, George Washko. Perfusion scintigraphy and patient selection for lung volume reduction surgery. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine. 2010; 182: 937-4.
Divay Chandra, Milo Puhan, Mosenifar Z, Andrew Ries, Barry Make, Nadia Hansel, Robert Wise, Frank Sciurba. The minimal important difference of exercise tests in severe COPD. European Respiratory Journal. 2010; Epub.
Divay Chandra, Emilio Parisini, Dariush Mozaffarian. Meta-analysis: travel and risk for venous thromboembolism. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2009; 131: 180-90.
Divay Chandra, Chu-Lin Tsai, Carlos A Camargo. Acute exacerbations of COPD: delay in presentation and the risk of hospitalization. COPD. 2009; 6: 79-81.
Divay Chandra, Sunday Clark, Carlos A Camargo. Race/Ethnicity differences in the inpatient management of acute asthma in the United States. CHEST. 2009; 135: 1527-34.
Divay Chandra, Stacey R Rose, Richard B Carter, Daniel M Musher, Richard J Hamill. Fluid-containing emphysematous bullae: a spectrum of illness. European Respiratory Journal. 2008; 32: 303-6.
H. Young, OW Williams, Divay Chandra, LK Bellinghausen, G Perez, A Suarez, MJ Tuvim, MG Roy, CM Evans. Central role of Muc5ac expression in mucous metaplasia and its regulation by conserved 5' elements. American Jounrnal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 2007; 37: 273-90.
Divay Chandra, Biswajit Kar, Gary Idelchik, Lejo Simpson, Pranav Loyalka, Igor Gregoric, Reynolds Delgado, OH Frazier. Usefulness of percutaneous left ventricular assist device as a bridge to recovery from myocarditis. American Journal of Cardiology. 2007; 99: 1755-6.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Autoimmunity as a Mechanism for Atherosclerosis in COPD
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K23 HL126912
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Novel F Box Anti-Inflammatories for COPD
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2017
Notable Achievements
Bernie Pennock Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2016
American Thoracic Society, RSF Research Abstract Excellence Award, 2009
National Merit Come Means Scholarship/National Prize, Government of India, 1997