Luis Huerta

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)

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Dr. Luis “Quique” Huerta earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia. He then completed fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Currently, he is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC specializing in both pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He has an active outpatient clinic treating pulmonary diseases including asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic cough, COPD, lung nodules, nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, pulmonary embolism, and sarcoidosis, among others. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine.

Dr. Huerta is an active researcher. His interests include clinical research in the ICU with a particular focus on ICU infections.


  • American Thoracic Society: American Thoracic Society Abstract Scholarship, 2018


  • Causes of Death Among Medical ICU Patients With Pneumonia Due to COVID-19 in a Safety-Net Hospital Crit Care Explor. 2023 Jul; 5(7):e0947. . View in PubMed
  • Establishing a Cohort and a Biorepository to Identify Biomarkers for Early Detection of Lung Cancer: The Nashville Lung Cancer Screening Trial Cohort Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 07; 18(7):1227-1234. . View in PubMed
  • Six-minute walk distance in healthy young adults Respir Med. 2020 Apr – May; 165:105933. . View in PubMed
  • Pathologic Difference between Sepsis and Bloodstream Infections J Appl Lab Med. 2019 01; 3(4):654-663. . View in PubMed
  • Factors associated with recurrence and mortality in central line-associated bloodstream infections: a retrospective cohort study Crit Care. 2018 Oct 26; 22(1):266. . View in PubMed
  • Validation of a Sequential Organ Failure Assessment Score using Electronic Health Record Data J Med Syst. 2018 Sep 14; 42(10):199. . View in PubMed
  • Heterogeneity of Treatment Effect by Baseline Risk in a Trial of Balanced Crystalloids versus Saline Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 09 15; 198(6):810-813. . View in PubMed
  • Randomized Trial of Apneic Oxygenation during Endotracheal Intubation of the Critically Ill Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Feb 01; 193(3):273-80. . View in PubMed