t. eoin west, MD, mph, fccp

T. Eion West, MD, MPH, FCCP

Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health

Contact Information

Harborview Medical Center
Campus Box 359640
606 Research & Training Bdg.
Seattle, WA 98104

Research Web Page
Academic Office: (206) 897-5271
Fax: (206) 897-5392

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Education and Training

BS in Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1995

MD, Medical College of Virginia/VCU, Richmond, VA, 1999 

Internship in Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1999-2000

Residency in Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2000-2002

Chief Medical Resident, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, and Boston VA Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA, 2002-2003 

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2005

Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2003-2008 

ACLS certified

Research Interests

My research targets bacterial respiratory infections and sepsis, major global killers that disproportionately impact poor populations worldwide. I am particularly interested in using translational methods to understand the importance of specific components of innate immunity in these diseases. I am also involved in studies of the epidemiology and clinical management of bacterial infections and sepsis in low-resource regions. I participate in World Health Organization-sponsored efforts to develop and test guidelines for management of severely ill patients in low-resource settings. In related activities, I spearhead a multidisciplinary initiative at the University of Washington called INTERSECT, the International Respiratory and Severe Illness Center.

Representative Publications

West TE, Goetghebuer T, Milligan P, Mulholland EK, Weber MW. Long-term morbidity and mortality following hypoxaemic lower respiratory tract infection in Gambian children. Bull World Health Organ. 1999;77(2):144-8. PMID: 10083713

West TE, Ernst RK, Jansson-Hutson MJ, Skerrett SJ. Activation of Toll-like receptors by Burkholderia pseudomallei. BMC Immunol. 2008 Aug 8;9:46. PMID: 18691413

Cheng AC, West TE, Limmathurotsakul D, Peacock SJ. Strategies to reduce mortality from bacterial sepsis in adults in developing countries. PLoS Med. 2008 Aug 19;5(8):e175. PMID: 18752342

Nickerson EK, West TE, Day NP, Peacock SJ. Staphylococcus aureus disease and drug resistance in resource-restricted countries in South and East Asia. Lancet Infect Dis. 2009 Feb;9(2):130-135. PMID: 19179228

West TE, Hawn TR, Skerrett SJ. Toll-like receptor signaling in airborne Burkholderia thailandensis infection. Infect Immun. 2009 Dec;77(12):5612-5622. PMID: 19797072

Schwarz S, West TE, Boyer F, Chiang W-C, Carl MA, Hood RD, Rohmer L, Tolker-Nielsen T, Skerrett SJ, Mougous JD. Burkholderia type VI secretion systems have distinct roles in eukaryotic and bacterial cell interactions. PLoS Pathog. 2010 Aug 26;6(8):e1001068. PMID: 20865170


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