About the Director

About the Director

The Puerto Rico Center for Pulmonary Fibrosis is led by Jesse Roman, M.D., FACP, FACCP, a native of Mayagüez and currently serves as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville, and Staff Physician at the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Roman is an international expert in pulmonary fibrosis, a physician-scientist involved in both bench and clinical research, and an educator and healthcare advocate.

With his colleagues, Dr. Roman established the Center for the Treatment and Study of Interstitial Lung Diseases at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2003 and The Center for Respiratory Health at the same institution in 2006.

In 2009, after moving to Kentucky, Dr. Roman established the Center for Interstitial Lung Diseases at the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, one of 21 centers included in a network sponsored by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

This center provides multidisciplinary care to patients with pulmonary fibrosis, houses a patient support group, provides training to junior physicians, and includes a robust clinical and translational research enterprise designed to test new therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Roman hopes to establish a similar program in Mayagüez.

He is convinced that the PR-CPF has the talent to combat respiratory disorders right here at home, while serving as an example of multidisciplinary care, education, research, community engagement, and healthcare advocacy.

Through discovery followed by clinical implementation and policy development, we should be able to raise awareness about pulmonary fibrosis in the island, enhance the education of future healthcare providers, and address the community’s needs.