NEWS | October 5, 2015

Kenyon to lead pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at UC Davis


Nicholas Kenyon, a nationally recognized expert in obstructive airway disease, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and the Gordon A. Wong Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System.

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“Dr. Kenyon is a natural leader who is also a wonderful physician, educator and translational scientist — a real ‘triple threat,’” said Timothy Albertson, chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine. “I look forward to all that he will do to elevate the impact of our research program and ultimately its benefits to patients throughout the world who suffer from challenging lung diseases.”

In his new role, Kenyon will oversee nearly 100 faculty, staff and fellows who provide critical care, pulmonary, sleep and hospitalist services and conduct research on diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis. The division includes a specialized respiratory biology research group that is developing therapeutic strategies to address lung disease at the cellular level.

Kenyon’s clinical expertise focuses on patients with severe or complex asthma that doesn’t respond well to standard therapies. His lab has evaluated the causes of airway inflammation and the use of novel drugs and supplements in asthma treatment. Currently, his team is investigating the cellular processes that lead to airway scarring in asthmatics and therapies that limit this process. Together with colleagues in the College of Engineering, he is developing handheld breath-sensor technologies that rapidly detect the onset and progress of lung disease along with the effectiveness of different treatments.

A respected leader in fostering the next generation of pulmonary medicine experts, Kenyon has extensive experience directing predoctoral research training programs of the Clinical and Translational Science Center and the Center for Comparative Respiratory Biology and Medicine at UC Davis.

After earning his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Kenyon completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and his fellowship at UC Davis School of Medicine. He joined the UC Davis faculty in 2001.

As division chief, Kenyon will earn an annual base salary of $250,000. Additional compensation information is available upon request.

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