Margaret L. Salisbury, MD

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Research Description

 Dr. Salisbury's primary research interests are 1) clinical and biologic phenotyping in hypersensitivity pneumonitis, 2) interaction of the lung microbiome with the host in hypersensitivity pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis, and 3) the role of chest imaging in diagnosis and phenotyping of interstitial lung diseases. A fundamental goal of Dr. Salisbury’s work has been to understand variables associated with subsequent risk of disease progression in patients with fibrosing interstitial lung disease. The research in which Dr. Salisbury has participated has pushed the boundaries of what was previously understood about pulmonary fibrosis in two key areas: identifying predictors of disease progression and refining the approach to diagnostic testing in patients with fibrosing interstitial lung diseases. The overarching goal of her current proposed project is to understand the relationship between the host immune response, the lung microbiome, lung fibrosis, and disease trajectory in patients with HP, as a key step toward improving our ability to provide effective, personalized treatment to patients with this heterogeneous, life-threatening disease.
Brief Description
Dr. Margaret Salisbury is an Assistant Professor of Medicine on the tenure track. Her primary clinical and research interest is interstitial lung diseases, including: 1) clinical and biologic phenotyping; 2) the relationship between extrinsic exposures and disease manifestation; and 3) the role of chest imaging in diagnosis and phenotyping. Her current research funding is from the NIH/NHLBI, and she is conducting an observational cohort study focused on clarifying the relationship between the pulmonary immune response, the lung microbiome, lung fibrosis, and disease trajectory in patients with hypersensitivity pneumonitis; results may improve treatment for this life-threatening interstitial lung disease.  Dr. Salisbury is a faculty member of The Vanderbilt Lung Institute’s Interstitial Lung Disease Center (https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/pulmonary/53857) and an investigator in the Familial Interstitial Lung Disease Program.
Email
margaret.salisbury@vumc.org

Education

MD - University of Missouri-Columbia, 2010
MS, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis - University of Michigan, 2017
BS, Biology - University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006

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