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Dr. Ries is a professor of medicine, and family and preventive medicine and serves as associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs and director of UC San Diego Health System’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. He is board-certified in internal medicine, and pulmonary and critical care medicine. His clinical and research interests include pulmonary rehabilitation, chronic lung diseases and exercise physiology.
Dr. Ries is involved with many committees within UC San Diego Health Sciences and also mentors trainees in clinical research in pulmonary medicine. Previously, Dr. Ries served as associate and interim director for the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Ries earned his medical degree from Yale Medical School and his master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University. He completed his undergraduate education at Yale College and graduated with magna cum laude honors.
Dr. Ries is the co-author of several books, including three editions of Shortness of Breath: A Guide to Better Living and Breathing, and two editions of the Manual of Clinical Problems in Pulmonary Medicine. He has published many journal articles on a variety of topics, ranging from pulmonary rehabilitation to emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Dr. Ries is a member of the American Thoracic Society and a fellow of both the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He also serves on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Medical Devices Advisory Committee’s Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Panel, as well as the National Emphysema/COPD Association’s Medical Advisory Board and the Special Program Review Committee for the Medical Board of California.
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