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Cherry Wongtrakool, MD
Assistant VP of Meetings and Programs
Current Position: Dr. Cherry Wongtrakool is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
Education: She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her MD from Weill Cornell Medical.
Clinical Interest: Dr. Wongtrakool’s clinical interests are airway disorders such as asthma and COPD, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
Research Interest: Dr. Wongtrakool’s research focuses on the pathophysiology of airway hyperresponsiveness and the effects of nicotine on lung function.
Current AFMR position: Assistant VP of Meetings and Programs
Dr. Wongtrakool is an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University and is based at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She is currently the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Atlanta VA. She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship.
Dr. Wongtrakool obtained an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from MIT and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Cornell Medical College). She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. She completed her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at The Pulmonary Center at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.
Dr. Wongtrakool’s research focuses on the effects of nicotine exposure on lung function and structure, particularly as it relates to airway physiology and asthma. Her research has been funded through the NIH and the VA. One of her major interests relates to the interaction between nicotine and neuronal signaling in airway smooth muscle cells and lung fibroblasts. She sees patients and supervises students, residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA. She is also engaged in medical student education at Emory University School of Medicine.