Rodney J. Folz, M.D., Ph.D.

Rodney J. Folz, M.D., Ph.D.

Rodney J. Folz, M.D., Ph.D.

Rodney J. Folz, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
  • Section Chief, University of Louisville Hospital
  • Program Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Distinguished University Scholar

University of Louisville Health Care Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Ste. 310
Louisville, KY 40202

502-852-5841 - Academic Office
502-588-4600 - Patient Appointments

Clinical Expertise
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Interstitial Lung Disease; Asthma; Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension; Pulmonary Complications of Bone Marrow Transplant; Cystic Fibrosis


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine -
    Pulmonary Disease

Education and Training

  • Medical School: Washington University
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Duke University
  • Ph.D.: Washington University


Recent Publications

  • Stepp MW, Folz RJ, Yu J, Zelko IN. The c10orf10 gene product is a new link between oxidative stress and autophagy. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Feb 14. pii: S0167-4889(14)00050-0. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2014.02.003. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24530860.
  • Terson de Paleville D, McKay W, Aslan S, Folz R, Sayenko D, Ovechkin A. Locomotor step training with body weight support improves respiratory motor function in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013 Dec 1;189(3):491-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2013.08.018. Epub 2013 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 23999001; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3833892.
  • Zelko IN, Stepp MW, Folz RJ. A bioluminescent transgenic mouse model: real-time in vivo imaging of antioxidant EC-SOD gene expression and regulation by interferon gamma. Gene. 2013 Nov 1;530(1):75-82. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2013.07.012. Epub 2013 Jul 22. PubMed PMID: 23886589.
  • Aslan SC, Chopra MK, McKay WB, Folz RJ, Ovechkin AV. Evaluation of respiratory muscle activation using respiratory motor control assessment (RMCA) in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. J Vis Exp. 2013 Jul 19;(77). doi: 10.3791/50178. PubMed PMID: 23912611; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3740445.
  • Terson de Paleville DG, McKay WB, Folz RJ, Ovechkin AV. Respiratory motor control disrupted by spinal cord injury: mechanisms, evaluation, and restoration. Transl Stroke Res. 2011 Dec 1;2(4):463-73. PubMed PMID: 22408690; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3297359.
  • Zelko IN, Stepp MW, Vorst AL, Folz RJ. Histone acetylation regulates the cell-specific and interferon-γ-inducible expression of extracellular superoxide dismutase in human pulmonary arteries. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 Nov;45(5):953-61. doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2011-0012OC. Epub 2011 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 21493784; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3262691.
  • Kelsey CR, Horwitz ME, Chino JP, Craciunescu O, Steffey B, Folz RJ, Chao NJ, Rizzieri DA, Marks LB. Severe pulmonary toxicity after myeloablative conditioning using total body irradiation: an assessment of risk factors. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Nov 1;81(3):812-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.06.058. Epub 2010 Oct 6. PubMed PMID: 20932682.
  • Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Griese M, Madtes DK, Belperio JA, Haddad IY, Folz RJ, Cooke KR; American Thoracic Society Committee on Idiopathic Pneumonia Syndrome. An official American Thoracic Society research statement: noninfectious lung injury after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: idiopathic pneumonia syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 May 1;183(9):1262-79. doi: 10.1164/rccm.2007-413ST. Review. PubMed PMID: 21531955; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3266140.
  • Zelko IN, Folz RJ. Extracellular superoxide dismutase attenuates release of pulmonary hyaluronan from the extracellular matrix following bleomycin exposure. FEBS Lett. 2010 Jul 2;584(13):2947-52. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2010.05.025. Epub 2010 May 21. PubMed PMID: 20493858; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2892677.
  • Zelko IN, Mueller MR, Folz RJ. CpG methylation attenuates Sp1 and Sp3 binding to the human extracellular superoxide dismutase promoter and regulates its cell-specific expression. Free Radic Biol Med. 2010 Apr 1;48(7):895-904. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2010.01.007. Epub 2010 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 20079429; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2838251.