Laura Koth, MD


An expert in interstitial lung disease, Dr. Laura Koth holds the position of co-director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence at UCSF. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by internal residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at UCSF, where she joined the faculty in 2003. Koth's research activities focus on the mechanisms of lung inflammation and macrophage activation.


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Board Certification

Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Harvard University School of Medicine 1994


Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine 1997


UCSF Medical Center, Pulmonary Disease 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Gelfand JM, Bradshaw MJ, Stern BJ, Clifford DB, Wang Y, Cho TA, Koth LL, Hauser SL, Dierkhising J, Vu N, Sriram S, Moses H, Bagnato F, Kaufmann JA, Ammah DJ, Yohannes TH, Hamblin MJ, Venna N, Green AJ, Pawate S. Infliximab for the treatment of CNS sarcoidosis: A multi-institutional series. Neurology. 2017 Oct 13.
  2. Benn BS, Lehman Z, Kidd SA, Ho M, Sun S, Ramstein J, Arger NK, Nguyen CP, Su R, Gomez A, Gelfand JM, Koth LL. Clinical and Biological Insights from the University of California San Francisco Prospective and Longitudinal Cohort. Lung. 2017 Jul 13.
  3. Wang P, Jones KD, Urisman A, Elicker BM, Urbania T, Johannson KA, Assayag D, Lee J, Wolters PJ, Collard HR, Koth LL. Pathologic Findings and Prognosis in a LargeProspective Cohort of Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. Chest. 2017 Sep; 152(3):502-509.
  4. Ramstein J, Broos CE, Simpson LJ, Ansel KM, Sun SA, Ho ME, Woodruff PG, Bhakta NR, Christian L, Nguyen CP, Antalek BJ, Benn BS, Hendriks RW, van den Blink B, Kool M, Koth LL. IFN-?-Producing T-Helper 17.1 Cells Are Increased in Sarcoidosis and Are More Prevalent than T-Helper Type 1 Cells. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Jun 01; 193(11):1281-91.
  5. Johannson KA, Elicker BM, Vittinghoff E, Assayag D, de Boer K, Golden JA, Jones KD, King TE, Koth LL, Lee JS, Ley B, Wolters PJ, Collard HR. A diagnostic model for chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Thorax. 2016 Oct; 71(10):951-4.
  6. Moller DR, Koth LL, Maier LA, Morris A, Drake W, Rossman M, Leader JK, Collman RG, Hamzeh N, Sweiss NJ, Zhang Y, O'Neal S, Senior RM, Becich M, Hochheiser HS, Kaminski N, Wisniewski SR, Gibson KF. Rationale and Design of the Genomic Research in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Sarcoidosis (GRADS) Study. Sarcoidosis Protocol. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Oct; 12(10):1561-71.
  7. Assayag D, Kim EJ, Elicker BM, Jones KD, Golden JA, King TE, Koth LL, Shum AK, Wolters PJ, Collard HR, Lee JS. Survival in interstitial pneumonia with features of autoimmune disease: a comparison of proposed criteria. Respir Med. 2015 Oct; 109(10):1326-31.
  8. Assayag D, Vittinghoff E, Ryerson CJ, Cocconcelli E, Tonelli R, Hu X, Elicker BM, Golden JA, Jones KD, King TE, Koth LL, Lee JS, Ley B, Shum AK, Wolters PJ, Ryu JH, Collard HR. The effect of bronchodilators on forced vital capacity measurement in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Respir Med. 2015 Aug; 109(8):1058-62.
  9. Kern RM, Singer JP, Koth L, Mooney J, Golden J, Hays S, Greenland J, Wolters P, Ghio E, Jones KD, Leard L, Kukreja J, Blanc PD. Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Chest. 2015 Jun; 147(6):1558-1565.
  10. Su R, Li MM, Bhakta NR, Solberg OD, Darnell EP, Ramstein J, Garudadri S, Ho M, Woodruff PG, Koth LL. Longitudinal analysis of sarcoidosis blood transcriptomic signatures and disease outcomes. Eur Respir J. 2014 Oct; 44(4):985-93.
  11. Judson MA, Costabel U, Drent M, Wells A, Maier L, Koth L, Shigemitsu H, Culver DA, Gelfand J, Valeyre D, Sweiss N, Crouser E, Morgenthau AS, Lower EE, Azuma A, Ishihara M, Morimoto S, Tetsuo Yamaguchi T, Shijubo N, Grutters JC, Rosenbach M, Li HP, Rottoli P, Inoue Y, Prasse A, Baughman RP, Organ Assessment Instrument Investigators TW. The WASOG Sarcoidosis Organ Assessment Instrument: An update of a previous clinical tool. Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis. 2014 Apr 18; 31(1):19-27.
  12. Ryerson CJ, Vittinghoff E, Ley B, Lee JS, Mooney JJ, Jones KD, Elicker BM, Wolters PJ, Koth LL, King TE, Collard HR. Predicting survival across chronic interstitial lung disease: the ILD-GAP model. Chest. 2014 Apr; 145(4):723-728.
  13. Mooney JJ, Koth LL. Surgical lung biopsy over bronchoalveolar lavage in chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Feb 01; 189(3):371-2.
  14. Su R, Nguyen ML, Agarwal MR, Kirby C, Nguyen CP, Ramstein J, Darnell EP, Gomez AD, Ho M, Woodruff PG, Koth LL. Interferon-inducible chemokines reflect severity and progression in sarcoidosis. Respir Res. 2013 Nov 07; 14:121.
  15. Mooney JJ, Elicker BM, Urbania TH, Agarwal MR, Ryerson CJ, Nguyen ML, Woodruff PG, Jones KD, Collard HR, King TE, Koth LL. Radiographic fibrosis score predicts survival in hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Chest. 2013 Aug; 144(2):586-92.
  16. Snyder-Cappione JE, Nixon DF, Chi JC, Nguyen ML, Kirby CK, Milush JM, Koth LL. Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cell exhaustion in sarcoidosis. Eur J Immunol. 2013 Aug; 43(8):2194-205.
  17. Ryerson CJ, Urbania TH, Richeldi L, Mooney JJ, Lee JS, Jones KD, Elicker BM, Koth LL, King TE, Wolters PJ, Collard HR. Prevalence and prognosis of unclassifiable interstitial lung disease. Eur Respir J. 2013 Sep; 42(3):750-7.
  18. Richeldi L, Ryerson CJ, Lee JS, Wolters PJ, Koth LL, Ley B, Elicker BM, Jones KD, King TE, Ryu JH, Collard HR. Relative versus absolute change in forced vital capacity in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Thorax. 2012 May; 67(5):407-11.
  19. Koth LL, Solberg OD, Peng JC, Bhakta NR, Nguyen CP, Woodruff PG. Sarcoidosis blood transcriptome reflects lung inflammation and overlaps with tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov 15; 184(10):1153-63.
  20. Snyder-Cappione JE, Tincati C, Eccles-James IG, Cappione AJ, Ndhlovu LC, Koth LL, Nixon DF. A comprehensive ex vivo functional analysis of human NKT cells reveals production of MIP1-a and MIP1-, a lack of IL-17, and a Th1-bias in males. PLoS One. 2010 Nov 03; 5(11):e15412.

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