May J. Reed, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Associate Professor

Dr. May Reed

Philosophy of care: Dr. Reed's favorite aspect of being a primary care provider is helping older adults to stay active, which is one of the keys to aging successfully. She has research interests in wound repair and the vascular system. When not working, Dr. Reed enjoys hiking, skiing, attending sporting events, and spending time with her family. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.

Research Interests: My longstanding interest is in evaluating the effects of the extracellular environment on tissue repair in aging. Much of my work has focused on traditional extracellular matrix components such as collagens, matrix metalloproteinases, and growth factors, in vitro (2D/3D) and in vivo. Recently, studies of other organs (e.g., prostate) have led me to examine understudied components of the local microenvironment in aged tissues. This has sparked my interest in hyaluronan (HA), a highly expressed disaccharide polymer that is not well understood in aging. Projects in the laboratory presently focus on regulation of HA expression and size during tissue repair in vivo, as well as the effect of aging on cell behaviors and biosynthesis in a 3D matrix in vitro.

Education and Training:

College: 1982, University of Scranton

Medical School: 1986, Harvard University

Residency: 1986-1989, Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship: 1990-1992, University of Washington

Publications: Go to PubMed.

Clinic Information: Harborview SeniorCare Clinic

General Information:
Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Ave., Box 359625
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
Phone Number : (206)897-5331
Fax Number: (206)744-9976
email: mjr@u.washington.edu