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Talmadge E. King, Jr., M.D.

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD is the Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and chief of medical services at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH).

Dr. King is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, Georgia, and a pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver. He held a professorship in medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and was a senior faculty member at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Association of American Physicians, American Clinical and Climatological Association, Fleischner Society, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. King is an active member of a number of professional societies and is a past President of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. King has served on the Lung Biology and Pathology Study Section of the NIH; the Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine; American Board of Medical Specialties, Pulmonary and Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee Center for Drug Evaluation & Research of the FDA; NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research (ABCR), and the Board of Extramural Advisors of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

He is a member of the editorial boards of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, THORAX, and UpToDate™ In Pulmonary and Critical Care. He has been an editorial consultant for more than a dozen journals. For 9 years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College. Dr. King has won numerous awards, among them election to the Colorado Pulmonary Hall of Fame. Dr. King has been listed on several of the “best doctors” list in America for more than a decade (including “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors”).

Dr. King’s research interest is the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management of inflammatory and immunologic lung injury. His bibliography comprises >200 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles; book chapters, critical reviews, editorials, and monographs. He has co-authored 8 books including the acclaimed reference book “Interstitial Lung Disease”, now in its 4th edition. He recently co-edited “Medical Management of Vulnerable & Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, Population” the only reference currently available that focuses on the treatment of patients living with chronic diseases in poor and minority populations.

At San Francisco General Hospital, in his position as Chief of the Medical Service, he leads a department with over 140 full time physicians and scientists and more than 500 support staff; with an annual budget of >$65 million.

Since July 1, 2006, Dr. King has been the interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF.