Jack A Elias MD

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor Emeritus of and Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine (Pulmonary)

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Elias Lab


Jack A. Elias, M.D. is the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Professor of Immunobiology and Professor (Adjunct) of Medicine (Pulmonary). Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas USA and raised in Philadelphia, he received his undergrad and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He did his Internship and Junior Residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a Senior Residency and Fellowships in Allergy and Immunology and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He subsequently became an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1990 he moved to Connecticut to head the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2000 he was named the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor at Yale University, in October of 2006 he became Chairman of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and the Physician-in-Chief at Yale New Haven Hospital and in October of 2007 he became Professor of Immunobiology. Dr Elias was a Councilor of the Association of American Physicians (AAP) from 2003-2010 and was the President of the AAP in 2010-2011. Throughout his career, he has been active at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he has served on the Lung Biology and Pathology Study Section, numerous advisory boards, was an ad-hoc participant in the Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 2009 was selected to Council of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and in 2010 became a Member of the Councils of Councils NIH. His research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of lung injury and repair have resulted in continuous funding from the NIH since 1982. He is presently the Principal Investigator for 2 R01 grants, a UO1 grant and a training grant.


  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania , 1973
  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania , 1976

Selected Publication

  • Chupp, G.L., Lee, C.G., Jarjour, N., Shim, Y.M., Holm, C.T., He, S., Dziura, J.D., Reed, J., Coyle, A.J., Kiener, P., Cullen, M., Grandsaigne, M., Dombret-M-C., Aubier, M., Pretolani, M. and Elias, J.A. (2007). A chitinase-like protein in the lung and circulation of patients with severe asthma. N. Engl. J. Med. 357:2016-2027.

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Recognition Award for Scientific Achievement(05/2003) , American Thoracic Society
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