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Laura E. Crotty Alexander

Laura E. Crotty Alexander

Credentials: ​

  • MD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Current Position(s): 

  • VA Staff Physician and Researcher

  • UCSD Associate Professor of Medicine

Personal Statement: 

Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander went to a public high school in L.A. county before attending Duke University for both undergraduate studies and medical school. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at Harvard, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Host Defense and Bacterial Virulence at UCSD. She is currently a Staff Physician and Researcher at the VA San Diego, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSD. Dr. Crotty Alexander is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist with clinical and research-based interests in e-cigarettes. She studies the effects of e-cigarettes on airway inflammation, organ and innate immune function, and the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor on bacterial virulence. She has been recognized for her clinical expertise via selection as a San Diego Top Doctor in 2017 and as the American Lung Association Lung Healthcare Provider of the Year for 2020.

Professional History:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency 2003-2006

  • Harvard Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship Program 2006-2010

  • UCSD Faculty 2011-current


  • Duke University

  • Duke University School of Medicine


  • 2020    American Lung Association Lung Healthcare Provider of the Year

  • 2018    ATS Fellow

  • 2017    San Diego Top Doctors

  • 2017    ATS Emerging Leaders Program

  • 2016    ATS Rising Star, Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB) Assembly

  • 2016    ATS Presidential Commendation

  • 2015    ATS Young Investigator Award, presented at the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology Meeting

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