Assistant Professor in Medicine

Clarksville, TN
Previous Institution
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Previous Role/Title
Assistant Professor in Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


MD - University of Louisville School of Medicine
PhD - Vanderbilt University
BS - University of Evansville
Board and Certifications
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Clinical Interest

Dr. Richmond currently sees patients at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville, TN in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. He has particular clinical interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and deployment-related respiratory disease.
Center for Lung Research
Office Address
Research Keywords

<div><font color='#333333'>chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), airway epithelium, mucosal immunity, secretory IgA</font></div>

Research Description
The airway epithelium forms a critical line of defense between the lungs and the outside world.  Multiple cell types in the airway epithelium function in a coordinated manner to prevent microbial penetration into the lungs while maintaining tolerance to normal airway flora.  Alterations in the cellular composition of the airway epithelium are common in diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and may result in breakdown of this mucosal immunobarrier.  The Richmond lab utilizes both in vitro and in vivo model systems to understand why epithelial differentiation is altered in COPD and other airway diseases and whether these alterations affect host-microbial interactions in ways that contribute to disease.