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    The International Society for Aerosols in Medicine

    Rajiv Dhand, MD

    Rajiv Dhand, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAARC, FRSM

    Dr. Rajiv Dhand currently serves as Professor of Medicine (with tenure), Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Dhand received his MBBS degree from the Government Medical College, Amritsar, and his doctor of medicine degree from the Postgraduate Institute in Chandigarh, India. After completing his internship at VJ Hospital, Amritsar, India, he received internal medicine residency and pulmonary fellowship training at the Postgraduate Institute, Chandigarh. He did postdoctoral fellowship training at the Virginia Mason Research Center and the University of Washington-Seattle. He obtained his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood, Illinois, and later served as a faculty member and pulmonary attending physician at LUMC and Hines VA Hospital. Dr. Dhand had been board certified in internal medicine and is currently board certified in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

    Before serving in his current position, Dr. Dhand was Professor of Medicine (with tenure) at the University of Missouri, Department of Internal Medicine, in Columbia, Missouri. There, he served as Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Environmental Medicine and as Program Director for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Environmental Medicine Fellowship. He also served as Medical Director of Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Dhand joined University Pulmonary and Critical Care (UPCC) in 2012. He has over 30 years of clinical experience as a pulmonary physician with major interest in the treatment of airway disorders, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and bronchiectasis. He was a member of the American College of Chest Physicians Task Force for Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines on Aerosolization of Medication, and the ISAM/ERS task force that developed guidelines for use of inhalation devices. He has served as President of the American Association of Chest Physicians of Indian Origin and is currently President of ISAM.

    Dr. Dhand has a wealth of research experience. He is an internationally recognized expert in the delivery of inhaled medications, especially delivery of inhaled therapies in patients in the ICU. He led the team of researchers who established the scientific basis for the use of metered-dose inhalers in mechanically-ventilated patients. Dr. Dhand first reported high-speed video photography of metered-dose inhalers over 25 years ago. He led pivotal studies that established the role of metered dose inhalers in ventilator-supported patients and described techniques currently used worldwide. Dr. Dhand has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials over the past 20 years. He was the International Physician Investigator Coordinator for a multicenter asthma study conducted by AstraZeneca, Inc.


    Dr. Dhand is a member of the American Thoracic Society, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, Royal Society of Medicine and the American Association of Respiratory Care. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM) Textbook of Aerosol Medicine. He has served on the governing board of ISAM since 2011. He chaired the ISAM “New Device Technologies” Networking Group from 2009-2011. He has been a member of the Scientific Program Committee of several ISAM Congresses. He has published 13 book chapters and over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has published 95 abstracts and over 55 reviews. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, Respiratory Care, and International Journal of COPD. He is a regular contributor and reviewer for the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, and has published several frequently cited review articles on aerosol therapy. He has given over 100 national and international lectures and visiting professorships and is the recipient of many honors and awards throughout his career. He remains actively engaged in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Dhand continues to enjoy and thrive in his various roles of researcher, practitioner, and administrator, striving for scientific innovation and institutional progress.