Dr. Luckhardt completed her medical training in May 2000 from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2003. She was Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa from 2003-2004. She then completed her Pulmonary and Critical Care Training at the University of Michigan. She was appointed as faculty there from 2007 until 2009 when she joined the faculty at UAB. Dr. Luckhardt has also completed a Masters program at the University of Michigan in 2009 in Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics. She has served on the American Thoracic Society Training committee, and on the University of Michigan's Pulmonary Fellow's Education committee.
Dr. Luckhardt has particular interests in evaluating and treating patients with interstitial lung disease. She is working to build collaborations with Rheumatology and Cardiology to treat patients with interstitial lung disease and in particular patients with connective tissue disease-associated ILD. Dr. Luckhardt is also the Medical Director of the inpatient Pulmonary services and the Specialty Care Unit and has interest in the management of patients with advanced lung disease and chronic respiratory failure.
To complement her clinical interest in interstitial lung disease, Dr. Luckhardt has undertaken basic and translational investigations into the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She is principal investigator and co-investigator on multiple industry sponsored clinical trials in IPF and CTD-ILD. She also has a grant from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to study frailty as an outcome measure for IPF.