Dr. David Coultas of UT Health Center at Tyler contributed to recent Surgeon General’s report on secondhand smoke

Thursday, October 12, 2006

David Coultas, MD, physician in chief and chair of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, was a contributing author to the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on the effects of secondhand smoke published earlier this year.

“The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke” finds that even brief exposures to secondhand smoke can cause harm. Dr. Coultas wrote about the respiratory effects in adults from exposure to secondhand smoke in one of the report’s 10 chapters.

Board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease, Dr. Coultas is interested in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, and occupational lung disease. His other interests include community health and epidemiology, which is the study of the incidence, distribution, and control of disease within a population.

He has served on national committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Research Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Coultas also reviews scientific papers for a number of medical journals.

Before joining UTHSCT in August 2005, Dr. Coultas was professor and associate chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Coultas came to the University of Florida Health Sciences Center in 2001. From 1986 through 2000, he was a professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida Medical School in Gainesville. Dr. Coultas completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary training at the University of New Mexico.

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