Prescott Woodruff, MD

Pulmonologist and critical care specialist

Dr. Prescott G. Woodruff is an professor of medicine at UCSF and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He also conducts research at UCSF's Airway Clinical Research Center and General Clinical Research Center where he studies the mechanisms of inflammation, airway remodeling and airway hyper-responsiveness in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Woodruff earned a medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency training, he was a research fellow at the Channing Laboratory in Respiratory Epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He also completed a graduate degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF, before joining the UCSF medical staff in 2002.


Asthma Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0359
Phone: (415) 353-2961

Hours: Thursdays
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Disease

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Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center 1993


Massachusetts General Hospital 1996


Channing Laboratory of the Brigham and Women's Hospital 1998
UCSF Medical Center, Pulmonary Medicine 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bhakta NR, Christenson SA, Nerella S, Solberg OD, Nguyen CP, Choy DF, Jung KL, Garudadri S, Bonser LR, Pollack JL, Zlock LT, Erle DJ, Langelier C, Derisi JL, Arron JR, Fahy JV, Woodruff PG. Interferon-stimulated Gene Expression, Type-2 Inflammation and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Oct 24.
  2. Anderson WH, Ha JW, Couper DJ, O'Neal WK, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Carretta EE, Cooper CB, Doerschuk CM, Drummond MB, Han MK, Hansel NN, Kim V, Kleerup EC, Martinez FJ, Rennard SI, Tashkin D, Woodruff PG, Paine R, Curtis JL, Kanner RE. Variability in objective and subjective measures affects baseline values in studies of patients with COPD. PLoS One. 2017; 12(9):e0184606.
  3. Martinez CH, Li SX, Hirzel AJ, Stolberg VR, Alexis NE, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Carretta EE, Christenson SA, Cooper CB, Couper DJ, Doerschuk CM, Han MK, Hansel NN, Hastie AT, Hoffman EA, Kaner RJ, Martinez FJ, Meyers DA, O'Neal WK, Paine R, Putcha N, Rennard SI, Woodruff PG, Zeidler M, Curtis JL, Freeman CM. Alveolar eosinophilia in current smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the SPIROMICS cohort. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Sep 12.
  4. Kesimer M, Ford AA, Ceppe A, Radicioni G, Cao R, Davis CW, Doerschuk CM, Alexis NE, Anderson WH, Henderson AG, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Christenson SA, Cooper CB, Han MK, Hansel NN, Hastie AT, Hoffman EA, Kanner RE, Martinez F, Paine R, Woodruff PG, O'Neal WK, Boucher RC. Airway Mucin Concentration as a Marker of Chronic Bronchitis. N Engl J Med. 2017 09 07; 377(10):911-922.
  5. Lachowicz-Scroggins ME, Finkbeiner WE, Gordon ED, Yuan S, Zlock L, Bhakta NR, Woodruff PG, Fahy JV, Boushey HA. Corticosteroid and long-acting ß-agonist therapy reduces epithelial goblet cell metaplasia. Clin Exp Allergy. 2017 Aug 22.
  6. Woodruff PG, van den Berge M, Boucher RC, Brightling C, Burchard EG, Christenson SA, Han MK, Holtzman MJ, Kraft M, Lynch DA, Martinez FD, Reddel HK, Sin DD, Washko GR, Wenzel SE, Punturieri A, Freemer MM, Wise RA. American Thoracic Society/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Asthma-Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Overlap Workshop Report. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Aug 01; 196(3):375-381.
  7. Han MK, Quibrera PM, Carretta EE, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Bowler RP, Cooper CB, Comellas A, Couper DJ, Curtis JL, Criner G, Dransfield MT, Hansel NN, Hoffman EA, Kanner RE, Krishnan JA, Martinez CH, Pirozzi CB, O'Neal WK, Rennard S, Tashkin DP, Wedzicha JA, Woodruff P, Paine R, Martinez FJ. Frequency of exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: an analysis of the SPIROMICS cohort. Lancet Respir Med. 2017 Aug; 5(8):619-626.
  8. Duffy S, Marron R, Voelker H, Albert R, Connett J, Bailey W, Casaburi R, Cooper JA, Curtis JL, Dransfield M, Han MK, Make B, Marchetti N, Martinez F, Lazarus S, Niewoehner D, Scanlon PD, Sciurba F, Scharf S, Reed RM, Washko G, Woodruff P, McEvoy C, Aaron S, Sin D, Criner GJ. Effect of beta-blockers on exacerbation rate and lung function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Respir Res. 2017 Jun 19; 18(1):124.
  9. Ra SW, Sze MA, Lee EC, Tam S, Oh Y, Fishbane N, Criner GJ, Woodruff PG, Lazarus SC, Albert R, Connett JE, Han MK, Martinez FJ, Aaron SD, Reed RM, Man SFP, Sin DD. Azithromycin and risk of COPD exacerbations in patients with and without Helicobacter pylori. Respir Res. 2017 May 30; 18(1):109.
  10. Martinez CH, Murray S, Barr RG, Bleecker E, Bowler RP, Christenson SA, Comellas AP, Cooper CB, Couper D, Criner GJ, Curtis JL, Dransfield MT, Hansel NN, Hoffman EA, Kanner RE, Kleerup E, Krishnan JA, Lazarus SC, Leidy NK, O'Neal W, Martinez FJ, Paine R, Rennard SI, Tashkin DP, Woodruff PG, Han MK. Respiratory Symptoms Items from the COPD Assessment Test Identify Ever-Smokers with Preserved Lung Function at Higher Risk for Poor Respiratory Outcomes. An Analysis of the Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study Cohort. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 May; 14(5):636-642.
  11. Leitao Filho FS, Won Ra S, Mattman A, Schellenberg RS, Fishbane N, Criner GJ, Woodruff PG, Lazarus SC, Albert R, Connett JE, Han MK, Martinez FJ, Leung JM, Man SFP, Aaron SD, Reed RM, Sin DD. Serum IgG and risk of exacerbations and hospitalizations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Apr 27.
  12. Van Dyken SJ, Liang HE, Naikawadi RP, Woodruff PG, Wolters PJ, Erle DJ, Locksley RM. Spontaneous Chitin Accumulation in Airways and Age-Related Fibrotic Lung Disease. Cell. 2017 Apr 20; 169(3):497-509.e13.
  13. Martinez CH, Diaz AA, Meldrum C, Curtis JL, Cooper CB, Pirozzi C, Kanner RE, Paine R, Woodruff PG, Bleecker ER, Hansel NN, Barr RG, Marchetti N, Criner GJ, Kazerooni EA, Hoffman EA, Ross BD, Galban CJ, Cigolle CT, Martinez FJ, Han MK. Age and Small Airway Imaging Abnormalities in Subjects with and without Airflow Obstruction in SPIROMICS. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb 15; 195(4):464-472.
  14. Keene JD, Jacobson S, Kechris K, Kinney GL, Foreman MG, Doerschuk CM, Make BJ, Curtis JL, Rennard SI, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Kanner RE, Kleerup EC, Hansel NN, Woodruff PG, Han MK, Paine R, Martinez FJ, Bowler RP, O'Neal WK. Biomarkers Predictive of Exacerbations in the SPIROMICS and COPDGene Cohorts. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb 15; 195(4):473-481.
  15. Hobbs BD, de Jong K, Lamontagne M, Bossé Y, Shrine N, Artigas MS, Wain LV, Hall IP, Jackson VE, Wyss AB, London SJ, North KE, Franceschini N, Strachan DP, Beaty TH, Hokanson JE, Crapo JD, Castaldi PJ, Chase RP, Bartz TM, Heckbert SR, Psaty BM, Gharib SA, Zanen P, Lammers JW, Oudkerk M, Groen HJ, Locantore N, Tal-Singer R, Rennard SI, Vestbo J, Timens W, Paré PD, Latourelle JC, Dupuis J, O'Connor GT, Wilk JB, Kim WJ, Lee MK, Oh YM, Vonk JM, de Koning HJ, Leng S, Belinsky SA, Tesfaigzi Y, Manichaikul A, Wang XQ, Rich SS, Barr RG, Sparrow D, Litonjua AA, Bakke P, Gulsvik A, Lahousse L, Brusselle GG, Stricker BH, Uitterlinden AG, Ampleford EJ, Bleecker ER, Woodruff PG, Meyers DA, Qiao D, Lomas DA, Yim JJ, Kim DK, Hawrylkiewicz I, Sliwinski P, Hardin M, Fingerlin TE, Schwartz DA, Postma DS, MacNee W, Tobin MD, Silverman EK, Boezen HM, Cho MH. Genetic loci associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap with loci for lung function and pulmonary fibrosis. Nat Genet. 2017 Mar; 49(3):426-432.
  16. Denlinger LC, Phillips BR, Ramratnam S, Ross K, Bhakta NR, Cardet JC, Castro M, Peters SP, Phipatanakul W, Aujla S, Bacharier LB, Bleecker ER, Comhair SA, Coverstone A, DeBoer M, Erzurum SC, Fain SB, Fajt M, Fitzpatrick AM, Gaffin J, Gaston B, Hastie AT, Hawkins GA, Holguin F, Irani AM, Israel E, Levy BD, Ly N, Meyers DA, Moore WC, Myers R, Opina MT, Peters MC, Schiebler ML, Sorkness RL, Teague WG, Wenzel SE, Woodruff PG, Mauger DT, Fahy JV, Jarjour NN. Inflammatory and Comorbid Features of Patients with Severe Asthma and Frequent Exacerbations. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb 01; 195(3):302-313.
  17. Rodriguez-Roisin R, Han MK, Vestbo J, Wedzicha JA, Woodruff PG, Martinez FJ. Chronic Respiratory Symptoms with Normal Spirometry. A Reliable Clinical Entity? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jan 01; 195(1):17-22.
  18. Durack J, Lynch SV, Nariya S, Bhakta NR, Beigelman A, Castro M, Dyer AM, Israel E, Kraft M, Martin RJ, Mauger DT, Rosenberg SR, Sharp-King T, White SR, Woodruff PG, Avila PC, Denlinger LC, Holguin F, Lazarus SC, Lugogo N, Moore WC, Peters SP, Que L, Smith LJ, Sorkness CA, Wechsler ME, Wenzel SE, Boushey HA, Huang YJ. Features of the bronchial bacterial microbiome associated with atopy, asthma, and responsiveness to inhaled corticosteroid treatment. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Jul; 140(1):63-75.
  19. Sieren JP, Newell JD, Barr RG, Bleecker ER, Burnette N, Carretta EE, Couper D, Goldin J, Guo J, Han MK, Hansel NN, Kanner RE, Kazerooni EA, Martinez FJ, Rennard S, Woodruff PG, Hoffman EA. SPIROMICS Protocol for Multicenter Quantitative Computed Tomography to Phenotype the Lungs. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Oct 01; 194(7):794-806.
  20. Gulcev M, Reilly C, Griffin TJ, Broeckling CD, Sandri BJ, Witthuhn BA, Hodgson SW, Woodruff PG, Wendt CH. Tryptophan catabolism in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2016; 11:2435-2446.

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