• Dr. Iyer's clinical research focuses on patient centered outcomes research in COPD, the third leading cause of death in the United States. His long-term career goal is to specialize in health outcomes and comparative effectiveness research in COPD, focusing on the design, testing, and implementation of novel interventions such as palliative care to improve quality of life for COPD patients. This research builds logically on and was enriched by multiple research projects as a principal or co-investigatoralongside clinical experiences caring for patients with chronic lung diseases like COPD.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Factors influencing decline in quality of life in smokers without airflow obstruction: The COPDGene studyRespiratory Medicine.  161. 2020
    2019 End-of-Life Spending and Healthcare Utilization Among Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.American Journal of Medicine2019
    2019 The St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire Definition of Chronic Bronchitis May Be a Better Predictor of COPD Exacerbations Compared With the Classic DefinitionChest.  156:685-695. 2019
    2019 A formative evaluation of patient and family caregiver perspectives on early palliative care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease across disease severityAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.  16:1024-1033. 2019
    2019 Symptoms of anxiety and depression and use of anxiolytic-hypnotics and antidepressants in current and former smokers with and without COPD - A cross sectional analysis of the COPDGene cohortJournal of Psychosomatic Research.  118:18-26. 2019
    2019 GWAS and systems biology analysis of depressive symptoms among smokers from the COPDGene cohortJournal of Affective Disorders.  243:16-22. 2019
    2018 Longitudinal phenotypes and mortality in preserved ratio impaired spirometry in the COPDGene studyAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  198:1397-1405. 2018
    2018 Association of low income with pulmonary disease progression in smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.ERJ Open Research.  4. 2018
    2018 Easing the Tension Between Palliative Care and Intensive Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseJournal of Palliative Care.  33:123-124. 2018
    2018 Blood eosinophil count thresholds and exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  141:2037-2047.e10. 2018
    2018 The "Obesity paradox" in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Can it be resolved?Annals of the American Thoracic Society.  15:158-159. 2018
    2018 Life-space mobility and clinical outcomes in COPDInternational Journal of COPD.  13:2731-2738. 2018
    2017 Implications of DRG Classification in a Bundled Payment Initiative for COPD.Am J Accountable Care.  5:12-18. 2017
    2017 Early palliative care in advanced illness: Do right by mamaJAMA Internal Medicine.  177:761-762. 2017
    2017 Results of a Medicare Bundled Payments for care Improvement initiative for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease readmissionsAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.  14:643-648. 2017
    2016 Serum eosinophils as a COPD biomarker: Ready for prime time?Lancet Respiratory Medicine.  4:341-343. 2016
    2016 Depression is associated with readmission for acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.  13:197-203. 2016
    2015 Pulmonary artery enlargement is associated with right ventricular dysfunction and loss of blood volume in small pulmonary vessels in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging.  8. 2015
    2014 CT scan-measured pulmonary artery to aorta ratio and echocardiography for detecting pulmonary hypertension in severe COPDChest.  145:824-832. 2014
    2010 Assessment of risk tolerance for adverse events in emergency department chest pain patients: A pilot studyJournal of Emergency Medicine.  39:247-252. 2010
    2010 Uncontrolled hypertension and increased risk for incident heart failure in older adults with hypertension: findings from a propensity-matched prospective population studyJournal of the American Society of Hypertension.  4:22-31. 2010

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Iyer is interested in the role of palliative care in COPD, and as part of his PCOR K12 funded research he is developing and testing a novel early palliative care intervention for patients with COPD and their caregivers. His other research interests include exploring novel patient reported outcomes in COPD and understanding the burden of anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2011
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology / Biological Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2007
  • UAB Hospital, Residency 2014
  • Full Name

  • Anand Iyer