David H. Au, MD, MS

David H. Au, MD

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Contact Information

VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Health Services Research and Development (152)
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Research Web Page
Academic Office: (206) 277-6132
Fax: (206) 764-2935
Clinic Appointments: (206) 764-2504 or
1-800-329-8387 (return patients)
(206) 764-2306 (new patients)

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Education and Training

BA in Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1989

MD, University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 1993

Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH 1996

MS in Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1999

Fellowship in Health Services Research and Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA 2001

Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2001

ACLS certified

Research Interests

My primary research focuses on improving the quality and delivery of care for patients with chronic lung diseases. In particular, I am interested in primary pulmonary manifestations of tobacco smoke; COPD and more recently lung cancer. My focus has been to examine the process and delivery of care, promote communication between patients and providers as well as examine the effects of pharmaceutical therapies on both pulmonary and non-pulmonary outcomes.

Representative Publications

Gould MK, Schultz MS, Wagner TH, Xu X, Ghaus SJ, Wallace RB, Provenzole D, Au DH.  Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Use of Positron Emission Tomography among Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) study J. Thorac Oncl. 2011 May;6(5):875-83.

Cooke CR, Joo MJ, Anderson SM, Lee TA, Udris EM, Johnson E, Au DH. Identifying Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Administrative Data: The Role of ICD-9 Codes and Pharmacy Records BMC Health Services Research. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb 16;11:37.

Wier, L.M., Elixhauser, A., Pfuntner, A., Au, D.H. Overview of Hospitalizations among Patients with COPD, 2008. HCUP Statistical Brief #106. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Au DH, Udris EM, Engelberg RA, Diehr PH, Bryson CL, Reinke LF, Curtis JR. A Randomized Trial to Improve the Occurrence and Quality of Communication about End-of-Life Care among Patients with COPD.  Chest. 2012 Mar;141(3):726-35. 

Cecere LM, Slatore CG, Uman J, Evans LL, Udris EM, Bryson CL, Au DH. Adherence to Long-Acting Inhaled Therapies Among Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  J. COPD 2012 Jun;9(3):251-8.

Leung JM, Udris EM, Uman J, Au DH. The Effect of End-of-Life Discussions on Perceived Quality of Care and Health Status among Patients with COPD. Chest. 2012 Jul;142(1):128-33. [Epub ahead of print]

Huetsch JC, Uman JE, Udris EM, Au DH. Predictors of Adherence to Inhaled Medications among Veterans with COPD. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Nov;27(11):1506-12. Erratum 2013 May;28(5):743-7.

Au DH, Bryson CL, Chien JW, Sun H, Udris EM, Evans LE, Bradley KB  The Effects of Smoking Cessation on Risk of COPD Exacerbations. J. Gen Internal Med 2009 Apr; 24(4):457-63.

Melzer AC, Cecere LM, Uman J, Ramenofsky DH, Au DH. Missing Potential Opportunities to Reduce Repeat COPD Exacerbations. J. Gen Int Med 2013 May;28(5):652-9.


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