Shyamsunder Subramanian, MD, FCCP

Shyamsunder Subramanian, MD, FCCP

Read through a Q&A with one of the CHEST Network leaders, Bronchiectasis Section Chair, Shyamsunder Subramanian, MD, FCCP.

March 16, 2023

Where do you work?
I am the Division Chief, Pulmonary Critical Care, at Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Tracy, California.

What are your research interests?
I am interested in airway disease and asthma, particularly with precision-based therapeutics in asthma, and improving our ability to better identify and phenotype patients with severe asthma.

How did you become interested and involved in the Airways Disorders Network?
I am the Director of one of the largest asthma centers of excellence in California, and because of our location, we see a huge population of patients with severe asthma. As a result, we have been fortunate to have a lot of experience at my center managing asthma patients with newer respiratory biologics. So, the Airways Disorders Network provided the perfect opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with other like-minded peers and Network members.

Are you involved in any other activities or volunteer positions at CHEST?
I am actively involved in putting together session proposals for CHEST each year and usually have two or three sessions that I chair. I also serve on the editorial board of the journal CHEST®.

What clinical research is most interesting to you right now?
I am intrigued by the evolving landscape of respiratory biologics and precision-driven asthma therapy. I envision a paradigm shift in our approach to asthma and a highly personalized and precision-based therapeutic strategy as we gain a better of understanding of how to tailor these potent agents for the right patient at the right time.

What are your hobbies?
I love nature, trekking, and hiking. I am a foodie who enjoys trying different cuisines. And, I practice yoga.

What is something you cannot live without (after family and friends)?
My daily dose of mindfulness meditation. It helps me destress and reenergize despite all of life’s stresses and strains.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your Network peers?
This is a very exciting time to be a pulmonologist, and the next few years I envision are going to be the decade of the lung, with lots of pathbreaking discoveries. I would like to encourage recent trainees to become more involved with CHEST and take an active role in shaping the future of our organization.



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