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Richard George Barbers, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
IRD 720 2020 Zonal Avenue Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 7923


Dr. Barbers' clinical interests include asthma, lung transplantation, pulmonary fibrosis, allergy and clinical immunology and cough. His research interests include mechanisms of remodeling in near-fatal asthma, potential therapies for remodeling in pulmonary fibrosis and novel therapeutic interventions (bronchial thermoplasty in severe asthma).

Dr. Barbers earned his medical degree from Georgetown University. He then went on to complete two fellowships, one in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, and the other in Pulmonary Disease both at UCLA. After teaching and practicing medicine at UCLA and the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Barbers joined the Keck School of Medicine faculty in 1990. Dr. Barbers’ teaching subjects include lung transplantation and asthma and he has published and lectured extensively in these areas.


USC, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine: Teacher of the Year, 2009


Suzuki Y, Maazi H, Sankaranarayanan I, Lam J, Khoo B, Soroosh P, Barbers RG, James Ou JH, Jung JU, Akbari O. Lack of autophagy induces steroid-resistant airway inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Nov 14. View in: PubMed

Wechsler ME, Laviolette M, Rubin AS, Fiterman J, Lapa E Silva JR, Shah PL, Fiss E, Olivenstein R, Thomson NC, Niven RM, Pavord ID, Simoff M, Hales JB, McEvoy C, Slebos DJ, Holmes M, Phillips MJ, Erzurum SC, Hanania NA, Sumino K, Kraft M, Cox G, Sterman DH, Hogarth K, Kline JN, Mansur AH, Louie BE, Leeds WM, Barbers RG, Austin JH, Shargill NS, Quiring J, Armstrong B, Castro M. Bronchial thermoplasty: Long-term safety and effectiveness in patients with severe persistent asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Dec; 132(6):1295-1302. e3. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG, Papanikolaou IC, Koss MN, Patel A, Katagihara E, Arenas M, Chan K, Azen CG, Sharma OP. Near fatal asthma: clinical and airway biopsy characteristics. Pulm Med. 2012; 2012:829608. View in: PubMed

Fong TL, Cho YW, Hou L, Hutchinson IV, Barbers RG, Herrington CS. Outcomes after lung transplantation and practices of lung transplant programs in the United States regarding hepatitis C seropositive recipients. Transplantation. 2011 Jun 15; 91(11):1293-6. View in: PubMed

Afshar K, Cunningham MJ, Barbers RG, McFadden PM. Pericardial constriction after lung transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Oct; 90(4):1361-3. View in: PubMed

Castro M, Rubin AS, Laviolette M, Fiterman J, De Andrade Lima M, Shah PL, Fiss E, Olivenstein R, Thomson NC, Niven RM, Pavord ID, Simoff M, Duhamel DR, McEvoy C, Barbers R, Ten Hacken NH, Wechsler ME, Holmes M, Phillips MJ, Erzurum S, Lunn W, Israel E, Jarjour N, Kraft M, Shargill NS, Quiring J, Berry SM, Cox G. Effectiveness and safety of bronchial thermoplasty in the treatment of severe asthma: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled clinical trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan 15; 181(2):116-24. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG. Back to the future. Asthma. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2008 Jan; 14(1):1-2. View in: PubMed

Bowdish ME, Pessotto R, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Starnes VA, Barr ML. Long-term pulmonary function after living-donor lobar lung transplantation in adults. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Feb; 79(2):418-25. View in: PubMed

Bowdish ME, Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Woo MS, Bremner RM, Horn MV, Baker CJ, Barbers RG, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: perioperative complications after 253 donor lobectomies. Am J Transplant. 2004 Aug; 4(8):1283-8. View in: PubMed

Starnes VA, Bowdish ME, Woo MS, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Horn MV, Pessotto R, Sievers EM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Bremner RM, Wells WJ, Barr ML. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. View in: PubMed

Cho SH, Yao Z, Wang SW, Alban RF, Barbers RG, French SW, Oh CK. Regulation of activin A expression in mast cells and asthma: its effect on the proliferation of human airway smooth muscle cells. J Immunol. 2003 Apr 15; 170(8):4045-52. View in: PubMed

Barr ML, Baker CJ, Schenkel FA, Bowdish ME, Bremner RM, Cohen RG, Barbers RG, Woo MS, Horn MV, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. Living donor lung transplantation: selection, technique, and outcome. Transplant Proc. 2001 Nov-Dec; 33(7-8):3527-32. View in: PubMed

Shapiro BJ, Veeraraghavan S, Barbers RG. Lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis: an update and practical considerations for referring candidates. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1999 Nov; 5(6):365-70. View in: PubMed

Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Cohen RG, Barbers RG, Fuller CB, Hagen JA, Wells WJ, Starnes VA. Recipient and donor outcomes in living related and unrelated lobar transplantation. Transplant Proc. 1998 Aug; 30(5):2261-3. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG. Cystic fibrosis: bilateral living lobar versus cadaveric lung transplantation. Am J Med Sci. 1998 Mar; 315(3):155-60. View in: PubMed

Kiatboonsri C, Resnick SC, Chan KM, Barbers RG, Marboe CC, Khonsary A, Santiago SM, Sharma OP. The detection of recurrent sarcoidosis by FDG-PET in a lung transplant recipient. West J Med. 1998 Feb; 168(2):130-2. View in: PubMed

Barbers R. Costs associated with asthma treatment. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1998 Jan; 4(1):1-3. View in: PubMed

Hananel JI, Barbers RG. Critical care management of the asthmatic patient. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1998 Jan; 4(1):4-8. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG. Role of transplantation (lung, liver, and heart) in sarcoidosis. Clin Chest Med. 1997 Dec; 18(4):865-74. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG. Newer therapeutic interventions for pulmonary transplant rejection. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1997 Sep; 3(5):366-71. View in: PubMed

Iwata H, Barr ML, Cicciarelli JC, Iwaki Y, Schenkel FA, Fein H, Chan KM, Barbers RG, Starnes VA, Marboe CC. Living donor lobar lung transplants and HLA matching: a preliminary report. Transplant Proc. 1997 Feb-Mar; 29(1-2):1418-9. View in: PubMed

Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Cohen RG, Chan KM, Marboe CC, Hagen JA, Barbers RG, Starnes VA. Bilateral lobar transplantation utilizing living related donors. Artif Organs. 1996 Oct; 20(10):1110-1. View in: PubMed

Chan KM, Barbers RG. Advances in lung transplantation. West J Med. 1996 May; 164(5):439-40. View in: PubMed

Shapiro BJ, Chan KM, Barbers RG, Starnes VA. Whole-lung vs lobe transplantation for adults. Arch Intern Med. 1996 Apr 22; 156(8):908. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG. Lung transplantation in interstitial lung disease. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 1995 Sep; 1(5):401-5. View in: PubMed

Barr ML, Schenkel FA, Cohen RG, Chan KM, Barbers RG, Marboe CC, Starnes VA. Living-related lobar transplantation: recipient outcome and early rejection patterns. Transplant Proc. 1995 Jun; 27(3):1995-6. View in: PubMed

Barbers RG, Niden AH. The technique of percutaneous transthoracic needle aspiration biopsy. J Crit Illn. 1994 Oct; 9(10):949-54. View in: PubMed

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