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Prescott Woodruff


Pulmonologist and critical care specialist
Asthma and COPD researcher

About me

Dr. Prescott Woodruff specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He also conducts research at UCSF's airway and general clinical research centers. He studies the mechanisms of inflammation, airway remodeling, and airway hyperresponsiveness (contraction or spasm in response to inhaled irritants) in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Woodruff earned his medical degree at the Columbia Vagelos 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 in respiratory epidemiology at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He also completed a master of public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF. He joined the UCSF in 2002.

Woodruff is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

  • Education

    Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1993

  • Residencies

    Massachusetts General Hospital, 1996

  • Fellowships

    Channing Laboratory of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1998

    UCSF Medical Center, Pulmonary Medicine, 2002

  • Board Certifications

    Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Asthma Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0359

Selected research

Decorative Caduceus

RETHINC: REdefining THerapy In Early COPD for the Pulmonary Trials Cooperative

Measured by units of improvement in SGRQ scores at Baseline and 12 weeks, as well as review of treatment failure status at 4 weeks and 12 weeks of treatment (treatment failure is defined by an increase in lower respiratory symptom...