Prof. U. Costabel, MD PhD
Ulrich Costabel is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pneumology and Allergology at the Ruhrlandklinik in Essen, Germany. He received his undergraduate training and his MD magna cum laude at the University of Freiburg. After graduating, he completed his residency and fellowship in internal and chest medicine in the Department of Prof. Heinrich Matthys at the University Hospital in Freiburg. His research interests lie in clinical and immunological studies in interstitial lung diseases, with a specific focus on clinical and research applications of bronchoalveolar lavage. He was President of WASOG from 2008-2011 and organised the World Congress on Sarcoidosis in Essen in 1997. He is also Chairman of the European BAL Group since 1998 and has co-organised several International Conferences on BAL. In 1992/1993 he spent a sabbatical of 6 months with Prof. Takateru Izumi at the Chest Disease Research Institute of the University of Kyoto in Japan. He has been actively involved with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) since its birth, having been Chair of the Occupational and Environmental Health Group and Secretary of the Assembly, and later Chair of the Bronchoalveolar Lavage Group. From 2002-2005 he was Head of the Clinical Assembly and member of the Executive Committee of the ERS, and in 2006 Chairman of the ERS Congress in Munich. Since 1990 he has served on the Editorial Board of the ERJ, first as Associate Editor, then as Assistant Chief Editor, and from 1994-1999 as the Chief Editor. He was Editor of the German journal Pneumologie from 2001 – 2005, has co-edited the European Respiratory Monograph “Sarcoidosis”, and is currently on the board of Sarcoidosis, Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, among others. He is the recipient of several honours and awards, including the Sarcoidosis Research Prize presented by the German Sarcoidosis Association. He is also author of numerous scientific papers and chapters, and has edited several books.
He is President Emeritus and the current Archivist of WASOG.
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