Photo: Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP, FACP, ATSF
Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP, FACP, ATSF
Year elected: 2009
Current membership category: Senior
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
1101 East Marshall Street
BOX 980663
Suite 1-030
Richmond, VA 23298
United States of America
Phone: 804-828-5565
Facsimile: 804-828-5566

Biographical statement

Dr. Sime has made fundamental discoveries elucidating the pathophysiology of lung scarring and lung inflammation. Her research has focused on the role of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta and important counter-regulatory pathways in controlling fibroblast activation. These pathways include the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma and its role in fibroblast differentiation and matrix regulation. Her recent work has elucidated a previously unrecognized role for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in control of lung inflammation and immunity incited by a variety of stimuli. Overall, Dr. Sime's research focuses on identifying novel therapeutic targets for lung inflammatory and scarring diseases. Her goal is to translate these findings to develop new therapies for patients with currently untreatable inflammatory and fibrotic lung diseases.

Institutional affiliations

Steven R. Grossman, MD, PhD is the representative at this institution.


Critical Care Medicine
Internal Medicine