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Prescott G. Woodruff


Pulmonologist and critical care specialist
Asthma and COPD researcher

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

    Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Where I see patients (1)

    Decorative Caduceus

    Mechanistic Insights From Bronchoscopy Airway Samples

    Specifically, gene expression will be interrogated in single cells via 10x droplet-based RNA sequencing of airway brushings obtained from bronchoscopy. The gene expression data is used to characterize individuals cells as goblet c...


    Decorative Caduceus

    SPIROMICS Study of Early COPD Progression (SOURCE)

    Parametric Response Mapping captures the change in lung density between matched inspiratory and expiratory images thereby enabling the distinction between normal lung parenchyma (PRMNORM), emphysema (PRMEMPH), and non-emphysematou...