Richard Albert, MD

Dr. Albert is a member of the Department of Medicine Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine and is the department’s Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. Albert’s decades-long research program has focused on laboratory and clinical studies targeting the pathophysiology and treatment of ARDS, and clinical trials aimed at trying to reduce and treat acute exacerbations of COPD.

In ARDS, Dr. Albert has led research on the use of intermittent sighs incorporated into mechanical ventilation based on the idea that stretching the lung causes the type 2 pneumocytes to secrete surfactant. In addition, Dr. Albert conducted a number of laboratory-based investigations that first defined the mechanisms by which prone positioning improved oxygenation in ARDS. The results of these studies led Dr. Albert to propose a new mechanism explaining the pathophysiology of ARDS and the potential role of prone positioning in decreasing mortality of ARDS by decreasing ventilator-induced lung injury. He has been the principal investigator in multiple multicenter, randomized controlled trials in ARDS and COPD.

Albert graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1971, and completed the first two years of residency training there before transferring to the University of Washington to complete his residency. After a fellowship in CU’s top-ranked pulmonary program, Albert returned to the University of Washington, where he remained until becoming Chief of Medicine at Denver Health in 1997.