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Meet the P.I.

Dr. Gabriel Haddad, a world-renowned leader in respiratory research for more than 25 years, is the Chair of UCSD's Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief and Chief Scientific Officer at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego. Prior to joining UCSD and Rady Children's, he was Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience and Chair of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Haddad received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Center and a pediatric pulmonary fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His many honors include an Edward Livingston Trudeau Award from the American Lung Association, an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, an Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics and election to the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Haddad has published extensively in such highly regarded journals as Journal of Neurosciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Brain Research, and Neuroscience, and he has authored numerous medical texts, including the landmark Basic Mechanisms of Pediatric Respiratory Disease. Dr. Haddad sits on numerous national committees in basic and clinical research and is a member of 17 distinguished medical societies, many in a leadership role. He has held numerous editorial appointments and is a reviewer for all of the top-tier medical journals. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors and a highly sought-after speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr. Haddad’s main research interests are:

  • Diseases/Research Topics
  • Genetic and molecular mechanisms of cell death and cell survival in oxygen deprivation
  • Mechanisms of tolerance and susceptibility to low oxygen environment
  • Ischemia, hypoxia

“Better care occurs through research,” Haddad says, “from bedside to bench, and back. It is important to take questions we encounter at the patient’s bedside and find answers in the laboratory, so we ultimately can provide better treatment and disease prevention programs.”

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