Eric J. Seeley, MD

Director, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Eric J. Seeley is a pulmonologist who specializes in minimally invasive procedures to diagnose lung nodules, lung masses, enlarged lymph nodes and lung infections. He is the director of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine, a relatively new subspecialty in which bronchoscopy is used to diagnose and treat lung cancer. He also serves in the medical and surgical intensive care units.

Seeley has advanced training in the interventional pulmonary techniques used to diagnose and treat malignant as well as benign processes in the trachea and bronchi, which are the main passageways to the lungs. These techniques include rigid bronchoscopy, bronchial and tracheal stent placement, and cryoablation, which uses extreme cold to destroy cancerous tissues. He is also a co-investigator on several trials using endobronchial coils or valve replacement to improve lung function in patients with emphysema.

While earning his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Seeley was a visiting Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellow at Stanford University. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF.

Seeley is an associate professor at UCSF and a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He is site director of UCSF's fellowship program in interventional pulmonary medicine.


Thoracic Surgery and Oncology
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-1705
Phone: (415) 885-3882
Fax: (415) 353-7151

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Cryoresection of Airway Tumors
  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (EMN)
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Biopsy (EBUS)
  • Endobronchial Valve Placement for BPF
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy

Board Certification

Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Disease

More about Eric J. Seeley


University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 2003


UCSF, Internal Medicine 2006


UCSF, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine 2010
UCSF/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Interventional Pulmonary Medicine 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Alshelli I, Seeley EJ. Pulmonary Sclerosing Pneumocytoma: Did Lightening Just Strike Twice? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Nov 27.
  2. Rosenblum MK, Wang SX, Seeley EJ. A mass that has no (EBUS) echo. Respir Med Case Rep. 2018; 23:18-20.
  3. Parikh MS, Seeley E, Krishna G. Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy Spares a Drunken Crab From the Surgeon's Knife. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2017 Jul; 24(3):241-243.
  4. Parikh MS, Seeley E, Nguyen-Tran E, Krishna G. Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Injection of Liposomal Amphotericin B for the Treatment of Symptomatic Aspergilloma. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2017 Jun 05.
  5. Hou D, Ying T, Wang L, Chen C, Lu S, Wang Q, Seeley E, Xu J, Xi X, Li T, Liu J, Tang X, Zhang Z, Zhou J, Bai C, Wang C, Byrne-Steele M, Qu J, Han J, Song Y. Immune Repertoire Diversity Correlated with Mortality in Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus Infected Patients. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 27; 6:33843.
  6. Bastarache JA, Seeley EJ. Sepsis. Clin Chest Med. 2016 Jun; 37(2):xv-xvi.
  7. Chen C, Wang M, Zhu Z, Qu J, Xi X, Tang X, Lao X, Seeley E, Li T, Fan X, Du C, Wang Q, Yang L, Hu Y, Bai C, Zhang Z, Lu S, Song Y, Zhou W. Multiple gene mutations identified in patients infected with influenza A (H7N9) virus. Sci Rep. 2016 May 09; 6:25614.
  8. Sciurba FC, Criner GJ, Strange C, Shah PL, Michaud G, Connolly TA, Deslée G, Tillis WP, Delage A, Marquette CH, Krishna G, Kalhan R, Ferguson JS, Jantz M, Maldonado F, McKenna R, Majid A, Rai N, Gay S, Dransfield MT, Angel L, Maxfield R, Herth FJ, Wahidi MM, Mehta A, Slebos DJ. Effect of Endobronchial Coils vs Usual Care on Exercise Tolerance in Patients With Severe Emphysema: The RENEW Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2016 May 24-31; 315(20):2178-89.
  9. Seeley EJ, Bernard GR. Therapeutic Targets in Sepsis: Past, Present, and Future. Clin Chest Med. 2016 06; 37(2):181-9.
  10. Tong L, Zhou J, Rong L, Seeley EJ, Pan J, Zhu X, Liu J, Wang Q, Tang X, Qu J, Bai C, Song Y. Fibroblast Growth Factor-10 (FGF-10) Mobilizes Lung-resident Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Protects Against Acute Lung Injury. Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 12; 6:21642.
  11. Hough CL, Caldwell ES, Cox CE, Douglas IS, Kahn JM, White DB, Seeley EJ, Bangdiwala SI, Rubenfeld GD, Angus DC, Carson SS. Development and Validation of a Mortality Prediction Model for Patients Receiving 14 Days of Mechanical Ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov; 43(11):2339-45.
  12. Seeley EJ. One-Way Valves to the Rescue for Bronchopleural Fistulae. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015; 27(2):223-4.
  13. Mao YX, Xu JF, Seeley EJ, Tang XD, Xu LL, Zhu YG, Song YL, Qu JM. Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Attenuate Pulmonary Infection Caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa via Inhibiting Overproduction of Prostaglandin E2. Stem Cells. 2015 Jul; 33(7):2331-42.
  14. Kangelaris KN, Prakash A, Liu KD, Aouizerat B, Woodruff PG, Erle DJ, Rogers A, Seeley EJ, Chu J, Liu T, Osterberg-Deiss T, Zhuo H, Matthay MA, Calfee CS. Increased expression of neutrophil-related genes in patients with early sepsis-induced ARDS. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2015 Jun 01; 308(11):L1102-13.
  15. Seeley EJ. Fluid therapy during acute respiratory distress syndrome: less is more, simplified*. Crit Care Med. 2015 Feb; 43(2):477-8.
  16. Song Y, Xu F, Seeley EJ, Ou J, Zhu X, Sun R, Bai C. Acute respiratory distress syndrome: emerging research in China. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov 15; 190(10):1090-3.
  17. Seeley EJ. A dry lung is a happy lung: more supporting evidence. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jan; 149(1):321-2.
  18. Kangelaris KN, Seeley EJ. From storm to suppression in sepsis: are bands the link?*. Crit Care Med. 2014 Sep; 42(9):2135-6.
  19. Tang CH, Seeley EJ, Huang X, Wolters PJ, Liu L. Increased susceptibility to Klebsiella pneumonia and mortality in GSNOR-deficient mice. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013 Dec 06; 442(1-2):122-6.
  20. Seeley EJ, Barry SS, Narala S, Matthay MA, Wolters PJ. Noradrenergic neurons regulate monocyte trafficking and mortality during gram-negative peritonitis in mice. J Immunol. 2013 May 01; 190(9):4717-24.

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