James Frank, MD

Title(s)Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St
San Francisco CA 94121
Phone415-221-4810 ext. 4137
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    University of Colorado School of MedicineM.D.
    University of California, San FranciscoInternal Medicine Residency
    University of California, San FranciscoPulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
    University of California, San Francisco2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
    American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)2020Medical Education Research Certificate
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    UCSF2020 • Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education Award
    UCSF2020• Induction - Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
    UCSF School of Medicine 2020• Bridges Curriculum Foundations 1 and 2 Teaching Award: Outstanding Coach

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    James Frank, MD, MA is a clinician-educator and Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco where he focuses on medical education across undergraduate and graduate learners. He is a medical student coach in the UCSF Bridges Curriculum and course director for the medical student critical care immersion experience at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is the program director for the UCSF Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program. His clinical work includes critical care medicine and serving as co-director of the ICU at the SFVA. He also helps lead the SFVA pulmonary embolism response team, thoracentesis service and Neuromuscular/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis respiratory clinic. His academic interests include teaching quality improvement and communication skills, professional coaching, and curriculum development and implementation. Dr. Frank also has expertise in designing and teaching biomedical research skills and he ran a successful translational research program during his early career.

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    Claudin-18 deficiency in the pathogenesis of asthma
    NIH R21HL111707Aug 15, 2012 - May 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Regulation of alveolar epithelial barrier function by claudins
    NIH R01HL088440Aug 1, 2007 - Jul 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Regulation of alveolar barrier function by claudins
    NIH R56HL088440Jul 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    NIH K08HL069900Jul 1, 2002 - Jun 30, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. A single center evaluation of applicant experiences in virtual interviews across eight internal medicine subspecialty fellowship programs. Med Educ Online. 2021 Dec; 26(1):1946237. Huppert LA, Hsu G, Elnachef N, Flint L, Frank JA, Gensler LS, Hsiao EC, Khanna RR, Qasim A, Schwartz BS, Widera E, Zapata C, Babik JM. PMID: 34187346.
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    2. Virtual Interviews at Graduate Medical Education Training Programs: Determining Evidence-Based Best Practices. Acad Med. 2020 Dec 08. Huppert LA, Hsiao EC, Cho KC, Marquez C, Chaudhry RI, Frank J, Goglin SE, Hsu G, Kathpalia P, Khanna R, Kompala T, Rao MN, Bower BA, Trafas V, Santhosh L, Schwartz BS, Babik JM. PMID: 33298691.
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    3. Family Meetings on Behalf of Patients with Serious Illness. N Engl J Med. 2020 Sep 10; 383(11):e71. Widera E, Anderson WG, Santhosh L, McKee KY, Smith AK, Frank J. PMID: 32905678.
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    4. When to rule out COVID-19: How many negative RT-PCR tests are needed? Respir Med Case Rep. 2020; 31:101192. Isikbay M, Henry TS, Frank JA, Hope MD. PMID: 32837902.
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    5. Marijuana Use, Respiratory Symptoms, and Pulmonary Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2018 07 17; 169(2):106-115. Ghasemiesfe M, Ravi D, Vali M, Korenstein D, Arjomandi M, Frank J, Austin PC, Keyhani S. PMID: 29971337.
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    6. Imaging of Acute Lung Injury. Radiol Clin North Am. 2016 Nov; 54(6):1119-1132. Elicker BM, Jones KT, Naeger DM, Frank JA. PMID: 27719979.
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    7. Claudin-18 deficiency is associated with airway epithelial barrier dysfunction and asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 01; 139(1):72-81.e1. Sweerus K, Lachowicz-Scroggins M, Gordon E, LaFemina M, Huang X, Parikh M, Kanegai C, Fahy JV, Frank JA. PMID: 27215490.
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    8. Pulmonary epithelial barrier function: some new players and mechanisms. . 2015 Apr 15; 308(8):L731-45. Brune K, Frank J, Schwingshackl A, Finigan J, Sidhaye VK. PMID: 25637609.
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    9. Claudin-18 deficiency results in alveolar barrier dysfunction and impaired alveologenesis in mice. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Oct; 51(4):550-8. LaFemina MJ, Sutherland KM, Bentley T, Gonzales LW, Allen L, Chapin CJ, Rokkam D, Sweerus KA, Dobbs LG, Ballard PL, Frank JA. PMID: 24787463.
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    10. Double impact of cigarette smoke and mechanical ventilation on the alveolar epithelial type II cell. Crit Care. 2014 Mar 25; 18(2):R50. Hirsch J, Chalkley RJ, Bentley T, Burlingame AL, Frank JA. PMID: 24666941.
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    11. TGF-β and lung fluid balance in ARDS. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 21; 111(3):885-6. Frank JA, Matthay MA. PMID: 24449829.
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    12. Activated alveolar epithelial cells initiate fibrosis through secretion of mesenchymal proteins. Am J Pathol. 2013 Nov; 183(5):1559-1570. Yang J, Wheeler SE, Velikoff M, Kleaveland KR, LaFemina MJ, Frank JA, Chapman HA, Christensen PJ, Kim KK. PMID: 24012677.
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    13. Claudin-4 promotes epithelial repair and restoration of barrier function via interactions with the small GTPase Rap1. The FASEB Journal. 2013 Apr 1; 27:256.3-256.3. Katherine Sutherland, Trevor Bentley, Michael LaFemina, James Frank. .
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    14. Claudins and alveolar epithelial barrier function in the lung. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012 Jun; 1257:175-83. Frank JA. PMID: 22671604.
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    15. Claudin-4 interacts with the small GTPase Rap1 and accelerates epithelial repair. The FASEB Journal. 2012 Apr 1; 26:698.2-698.2. Katherine Marie Sutherland, Trevor Bentley, Michael LaFemina, Gwen Ho, Jan Hirsch, James Frank. .
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    16. Claudin-4 levels are associated with intact alveolar fluid clearance in human lungs. Am J Pathol. 2011 Sep; 179(3):1081-7. Rokkam D, Lafemina MJ, Lee JW, Matthay MA, Frank JA. PMID: 21741940.
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    17. Claudin-4 promotes repair and barrier function in lung epithelia. The FASEB Journal. 2011 Apr 1; 25:865.6-865.6. Deepti Rokkam, Jan Hirsch, Gwen Ho, Chris Griffin, Michael J LaFemina, James A Frank. .
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    18. Keratinocyte growth factor enhances barrier function without altering claudin expression in primary alveolar epithelial cells. . 2010 Dec; 299(6):L724-34. LaFemina MJ, Rokkam D, Chandrasena A, Pan J, Bajaj A, Johnson M, Frank JA. PMID: 20833776.
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    19. Claudin-4 is required for EGFR-mediated alveolar epithelial migration. The FASEB Journal. 2010 Apr 1; 24:999.3-999.3. Deepti Rokkam, Gwendolyn Ho, James A. Frank. .
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    20. Neutrophil-derived IL-6 limits alveolar barrier disruption in experimental ventilator-induced lung injury. J Immunol. 2009 Jun 15; 182(12):8056-62. Wolters PJ, Wray C, Sutherland RE, Kim SS, Koff J, Mao Y, Frank JA. PMID: 19494331.
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    21. Claudin-4 augments alveolar epithelial barrier function and is induced in acute lung injury. . 2009 Aug; 297(2):L219-27. Wray C, Mao Y, Pan J, Chandrasena A, Piasta F, Frank JA. PMID: 19447895.
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    22. Allogeneic human mesenchymal stem cells for treatment of E. Coli endotoxin-induced acute lung injury in an ex vivo perfused human lung. The FASEB Journal. 2009 Apr 1; 23:771.1-771.1. Jae Woo Lee, Naveen Gupta, Xiaohui Fang, James A. Frank, Raphael Briot, Michael A. Matthay. .
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    23. The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) to differentiate balance deficits. Phys Ther. 2009 May; 89(5):484-98. Horak FB, Wrisley DM, Frank J. PMID: 19329772.
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    24. Surrogate decision makers' responses to physicians' predictions of medical futility. Chest. 2009 Jul; 136(1):110-117. Zier LS, Burack JH, Micco G, Chipman AK, Frank JA, White DB. PMID: 19318665.
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    25. Epithelial cell alpha3beta1 integrin links beta-catenin and Smad signaling to promote myofibroblast formation and pulmonary fibrosis. J Clin Invest. 2009 Jan; 119(1):213-24. Kim KK, Wei Y, Szekeres C, Kugler MC, Wolters PJ, Hill ML, Frank JA, Brumwell AN, Wheeler SE, Kreidberg JA, Chapman HA. PMID: 19104148.
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    26. Elevated levels of the receptor for advanced glycation end products, a marker of alveolar epithelial type I cell injury, predict impaired alveolar fluid clearance in isolated perfused human lungs. Chest. 2009 Feb; 135(2):269-275. Briot R, Frank JA, Uchida T, Lee JW, Calfee CS, Matthay MA. PMID: 19017890.
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    27. Doubt and belief in physicians' ability to prognosticate during critical illness: the perspective of surrogate decision makers. Crit Care Med. 2008 Aug; 36(8):2341-7. Zier LS, Burack JH, Micco G, Chipman AK, Frank JA, Luce JM, White DB. PMID: 18596630.
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    28. Alterations in the proteome of pulmonary alveolar type II cells in the rat after hepatic ischemia-reperfusion. Crit Care Med. 2008 Jun; 36(6):1846-54. Hirsch J, Niemann CU, Hansen KC, Choi S, Su X, Frank JA, Fang X, Hirose R, Theodore P, Sapru A, Burlingame AL, Matthay MA. PMID: 18496381.
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    29. Interleukin-1beta causes acute lung injury via alphavbeta5 and alphavbeta6 integrin-dependent mechanisms. Circ Res. 2008 Apr 11; 102(7):804-12. Ganter MT, Roux J, Miyazawa B, Howard M, Frank JA, Su G, Sheppard D, Violette SM, Weinreb PH, Horan GS, Matthay MA, Pittet JF. PMID: 18276918.
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    30. Protection from experimental ventilator-induced acute lung injury by IL-1 receptor blockade. Thorax. 2008 Feb; 63(2):147-53. Frank JA, Pittet JF, Wray C, Matthay MA. PMID: 17901159.
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    31. Impact of low and high tidal volumes on the rat alveolar epithelial type II cell proteome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007 May 15; 175(10):1006-13. Hirsch J, Hansen KC, Sapru A, Frank JA, Chalkley RJ, Fang X, Trinidad JC, Baker P, Burlingame AL, Matthay MA. PMID: 17363773.
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    32. Physiological and biochemical markers of alveolar epithelial barrier dysfunction in perfused human lungs. . 2007 Jul; 293(1):L52-9. Frank JA, Briot R, Lee JW, Ishizaka A, Uchida T, Matthay MA. PMID: 17351061.
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    33. Pathogenetic significance of biological markers of ventilator-associated lung injury in experimental and clinical studies. Chest. 2006 Dec; 130(6):1906-14. Frank JA, Parsons PE, Matthay MA. PMID: 17167015.
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    34. Integrin alphavbeta5 regulates lung vascular permeability and pulmonary endothelial barrier function. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2007 Mar; 36(3):377-86. Su G, Hodnett M, Wu N, Atakilit A, Kosinski C, Godzich M, Huang XZ, Kim JK, Frank JA, Matthay MA, Sheppard D, Pittet JF. PMID: 17079779.
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    35. Alveolar macrophages contribute to alveolar barrier dysfunction in ventilator-induced lung injury. . 2006 Dec; 291(6):L1191-8. Frank JA, Wray CM, McAuley DF, Schwendener R, Matthay MA. PMID: 16877636.
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    36. Activation of the stress protein response prevents the development of pulmonary edema by inhibiting VEGF cell signaling in a model of lung ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. FASEB J. 2006 Jul; 20(9):1519-21. Godzich M, Hodnett M, Frank JA, Su G, Pespeni M, Angel A, Howard MB, Matthay MA, Pittet JF. PMID: 16793871.
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    37. Leukotrienes in acute lung injury: a potential therapeutic target? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005 Aug 01; 172(3):261-2. Frank JA, Matthay MA. PMID: 16040787.
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    38. Effect of pharmacological inhibition of chloride transport on lung fluid balance in acute Escherichia coli pneumonia in mice. Critical Care. 2005 Mar 1; 9(Suppl 1):p90. L Robriquet, Y Song, H Folkesson, J Frank, A Verkman, M Matthay. .
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    39. Differential effects of sustained inflation recruitment maneuvers on alveolar epithelial and lung endothelial injury. Crit Care Med. 2005 Jan; 33(1):181-8; discussion 254-5. Frank JA, McAuley DF, Gutierrez JA, Daniel BM, Dobbs L, Matthay MA. PMID: 15644667.
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    40. Clinically relevant concentrations of beta2-adrenergic agonists stimulate maximal cyclic adenosine monophosphate-dependent airspace fluid clearance and decrease pulmonary edema in experimental acid-induced lung injury. Crit Care Med. 2004 Jul; 32(7):1470-6. McAuley DF, Frank JA, Fang X, Matthay MA. PMID: 15241090.
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    41. Effect of sustained inflation recruitment maneuvers on lung endothelial and alveolar epithelial injury in experimental acute lung injury. Critical Care. 2004 Feb 1; 8(Suppl 1):p23. J Frank, D McAuley, J Gutierrez, B Daniel, L Dobbs, M Matthay. .
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    42. Altered proteomic patterns in rat alveolar epithelial type II cells after ventilation with high and low tidal volumes. Critical Care. 2004 Feb 1; 8(Suppl 1):p24. J Hirsch, K Hansen, J Frank, R Chalkley, X Fang, A Burlingame, M Matthay. .
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    43. Clinically relevant concentrations of beta agonists may stimulate alveolar fluid clearance in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Critical Care. 2004 Feb 1; 8(Suppl 1):p33. G Perkins, D McAuley, J Frank, D Thickett, X Fang, M Matthay. .
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    44. Transforming growth factor-beta1 decreases expression of the epithelial sodium channel alphaENaC and alveolar epithelial vectorial sodium and fluid transport via an ERK1/2-dependent mechanism. J Biol Chem. 2003 Nov 07; 278(45):43939-50. Frank J, Roux J, Kawakatsu H, Su G, Dagenais A, Berthiaume Y, Howard M, Canessa CM, Fang X, Sheppard D, Matthay MA, Pittet JF. PMID: 12930837.
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    45. High tidal volume ventilation induces NOS2 and impairs cAMP- dependent air space fluid clearance. . 2003 May; 284(5):L791-8. Frank JA, Pittet JF, Lee H, Godzich M, Matthay MA. PMID: 12562562.
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    46. Science review: mechanisms of ventilator-induced injury. Crit Care. 2003 Jun; 7(3):233-41. Frank JA, Matthay MA. PMID: 12793874.
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    47. Low tidal volume reduces epithelial and endothelial injury in acid-injured rat lungs. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002 Jan 15; 165(2):242-9. Frank JA, Gutierrez JA, Jones KD, Allen L, Dobbs L, Matthay MA. PMID: 11790662.
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    48. Pulmonary Epithelial Injury: Clinical and Experimental Evidence for a Major Role in Acute Lung Injury and Multiple Organ Dysfunction. Mechanisms of Organ Dysfunction in Critical Illness. 2002 Jan 1; 38:222-226. M. A. Matthay, L. B. Ware, J. A. Frank. .
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    49. Beta-adrenergic agonist therapy accelerates the resolution of hydrostatic pulmonary edema in sheep and rats. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2000 Oct; 89(4):1255-65. Frank JA, Wang Y, Osorio O, Matthay MA. PMID: 11007557.
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    50. Alveolar epithelial barrier. Role in lung fluid balance in clinical lung injury. Clin Chest Med. 2000 Sep; 21(3):477-90. Matthay MA, Fukuda N, Frank J, Kallet R, Daniel B, Sakuma T. PMID: 11019721.
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    51. Diabetes mellitus: a negative predictor for the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome from septic shock. Crit Care Med. 2000 Jul; 28(7):2645-6. Frank JA, Nuckton TJ, Matthay MA. PMID: 10921610.
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    52. Obstructive pulmonary disease. The clinician's perspective. Radiol Clin North Am. 1998 Jan; 36(1):1-13. Stulbarg MS, Frank JA. PMID: 9465865.
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