Introducing Veena B. Antony, M.D.

Veena B. Antony, M.D. joins the UAB Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine as Professor of Medicine and Environmental Health Sciences to develop a program in Environmental and Occupational Medicine. She will be instrumental in developing a strong occupational and environmental medicine presence in the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Dr. Antony obtained her training in Pulmonary Medicine at Colorado University, and comes to UAB from the University of Florida where she served six years as chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr Antony currently serves as a member of the VA Respiration Merit Review Board and reviews grants for several NIH study sections.

Dr. Antony’s clinical interests include environmental and occupational disease, specifically, lung and pleural disease following exposure to asbestos and other inhaled particulates and toxins, and pleural procedures and medical thoracoscopy as a research tool. As an internationally recognized leader in the field of lung inflammation and tuberculosis, Dr. Antony maintains a consistent history of excellence in research investigation. For the past five years, she has received continuous funding from multiple NIH grants, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and others, and has been published extensively and broadly, with several publications in the field of pleural disease.

Dr. Antony’s research interests include fibrotic responses in the lung and pleura secondary to noxious exposures, defining cross talk and signaling pathways between the pleura and the lung, specifically in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and the role of HO-1 in maintaining cellular phenotype and inhibiting cellular plasticity.