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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


Lack of autophagy induces steroid-resistant airway inflammation. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 May; 137(5):1382-1389. e9. View in: PubMed

Bronchial thermoplasty: Long-term safety and effectiveness in patients with severe persistent asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Dec; 132(6):1295-302. View in: PubMed

Near fatal asthma: clinical and airway biopsy characteristics. Pulm Med. 2012; 2012:829608. View in: PubMed

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

Pericardial constriction after lung transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Oct; 90(4):1361-3. View in: PubMed

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

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

Long-term pulmonary function after living-donor lobar lung transplantation in adults. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Feb; 79(2):418-25. View in: PubMed

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

A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. View in: PubMed

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

Living donor lung transplantation: selection, technique, and outcome. Transplant Proc. 2001 Nov-Dec; 33(7-8):3527-32. View in: PubMed

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

Recipient and donor outcomes in living related and unrelated lobar transplantation. Transplant Proc. 1998 Aug; 30(5):2261-3. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living donor lobar lung transplants and HLA matching: a preliminary report. Transplant Proc. 1997 Feb-Mar; 29(1-2):1418-9. View in: PubMed

Bilateral lobar transplantation utilizing living related donors. Artif Organs. 1996 Oct; 20(10):1110-1. View in: PubMed

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

Whole-lung vs lobe transplantation for adults. Arch Intern Med. 1996 Apr 22; 156(8):908. View in: PubMed

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

Living-related lobar transplantation: recipient outcome and early rejection patterns. Transplant Proc. 1995 Jun; 27(3):1995-6. View in: PubMed

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

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