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Joseph Alan Govert

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Duke Box 100805, Durham, NC 27710
8 East, Room 42, Duke Medical Pavillion, Durham, NC 27710


I am trying to focus my research efforts in two specific areas, the medical intensive care unit, and clinical lung cancer research. Within the intensive care unit I am specifically interested in clinical trials and outcome evaluation. My interest in lung cancer centers on the clinical and cost effectiveness of various diagnostic procedures.

In the intensive care unit I am specifically involved in clinical trials for the adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). At the present time I am on the steering committee for the NIH ARDS clinical trial network. We are currently enrolling patients in clinical protocols studying the effects of ventilator strategies, as well as novel therapeutic agents in the outcome of ARDS. I am also interested in ICU outcome research including statistical modeling of ICU outcomes.

My interest in lung cancer research centers on evaluating the efficacy of diagnostic tests in the diagnosis of pulmonary malignancy. I have retrospectively and prospectively evaluated bronchoscopic procedures, comparing the sensitivity and specificity of various techniques as well as their cost-effectiveness. I am also currently analyzing the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of positron emission tomography in the diagnosis of lung cancer.

Key words: clinical trials, medical intensive care, lung cancer diagnostic testing

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine · 2018 - Present Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Medicine

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Irvine · 1989 M.D.