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Eric J. Seeley, M.D., FCCP

Eric J. Seeley, M.D., FCCP

Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Director of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
Fellowship Directory, Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine

Contact Information

400 Parnassus Ave, UC Clinics
San Francisco, CA 94143
Appointments: 415-353-7285


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  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL B.S. 1993-1997 Biomedical Engineering
  • University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Med M.D. 1998-2003 Medicine
  • 2003-2006 University of California, San Francisco Internal Medicine Residency
  • 2007-2010 University of California, San Francisco, Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • 2010-2011 University of California, San Francisco, Clinical Instructor, Pulmonary Critical Care
  • American Board of Internal Medicine,
  • Internal Medicine - General
  • Critical Care Medicine - Subspecialty
  • Pulmonary Disease - Subspecialty
  • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) therapy for bleeding or tumor invasion
  • Carcinoid Tumors
  • Complex Pleural Effusions
  • Cryo-probe resection of airway tumors
  • Cryospray Ablation of Airway Tumors
  • Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (EMN)
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound guided Bronchoscopy (EBUS)
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes In The Chest
  • Gold and Platinum Fiducial Placement for Radiation Therapy
  • Lung Cancer Diagnostics And Staging
  • Lung Masses
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tracheal And Bronchial Obstructions
  • Tracheal and Bronchial Stent Placement
  • ARDS
  • Lung Cancer Diagnostics
  • Mechanical Ventilations
  • New Techniques in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine
  • Sepsis
Eric J. Seeley, M.D., F.C.C.P. graduated from Northwestern University in 1997 with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering.  He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and graduated in 2003.  During his medical school training he was a visiting Howard Hughes Fellow at Stanford during which he studied regulatory T-cells.  
Dr. Seeley completed both his Internal Medicine Residency (2006) and Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship (2010) at UCSF.  He became a research fellow at UCSF during which he studied neuro-immune interactions during severe infections and was the recipient of a prestigious NHLBI funded K23.  He then returned to clinical medicine in 2013 and was the first fellow in the joint UCSF/PAMF Interventional Pulmonary fellowship program.
He has now joined the clinical faculty at UCSF as the Directory of Interventional Pulmonary medicine.  This relatively new pulmonary sub-specialty focuses on minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedures frequently used to diagnose and treat lung cancer. Dr. Seeley also continues to attend in the medical and surgical ICUs at UCSF.
  • Best Abstract Sepsis 2012, International Sepsis Meeting, 2012
  • Resident teaching award, UCSF, 2007
  • Professionalism Award, UCSF, 2007

My research lies at the intersection of the nervous system and immunity. Specifically, I have been studying how noradrenergic neurons influence the immune response during severe infection in mice. These studies may have important implications for how states of heightened stress, that lead to elevations in systemic catecholamines, alter the immune system. A second area of research is the epigenetic imprint of severe sepsis on human monocytes.

Most recent publications from a total of 26
  1. Parikh MS, Seeley E, Nguyen-Tran E, Krishna G. Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Injection of Liposomal Amphotericin B for the Treatment of Symptomatic Aspergilloma. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2017 Jun 05. View in PubMed
  2. Hou D, Ying T, Wang L, Chen C, Lu S, Wang Q, Seeley E, Xu J, Xi X, Li T, Liu J, Tang X, Zhang Z, Zhou J, Bai C, Wang C, Byrne-Steele M, Qu J, Han J, Song Y. Immune Repertoire Diversity Correlated with Mortality in Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus Infected Patients. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 27; 6:33843. View in PubMed
  3. Chen C, Wang M, Zhu Z, Qu J, Xi X, Tang X, Lao X, Seeley E, Li T, Fan X, Du C, Wang Q, Yang L, Hu Y, Bai C, Zhang Z, Lu S, Song Y, Zhou W. Multiple gene mutations identified in patients infected with influenza A (H7N9) virus. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:25614. View in PubMed
  4. Sciurba FC, Criner GJ, Strange C, Shah PL, Michaud G, Connolly TA, Deslée G, Tillis WP, Delage A, Marquette CH, Krishna G, Kalhan R, Ferguson JS, Jantz M, Maldonado F, McKenna R, Majid A, Rai N, Gay S, Dransfield MT, Angel L, Maxfield R, Herth FJ, Wahidi MM, Mehta A, Slebos DJ. Effect of Endobronchial Coils vs Usual Care on Exercise Tolerance in Patients With Severe Emphysema: The RENEW Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2016 May 24-31; 315(20):2178-89. View in PubMed
  5. Parikh MS, Seeley E, Krishna G. Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy Spares a Drunken Crab From the Surgeon's Knife. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2016 Apr 11. View in PubMed
  6. Seeley EJ, Bernard GR. Therapeutic Targets in Sepsis: Past, Present, and Future. Clin Chest Med. 2016 Jun; 37(2):181-9. View in PubMed
  7. Tong L, Zhou J, Rong L, Seeley EJ, Pan J, Zhu X, Liu J, Wang Q, Tang X, Qu J, Bai C, Song Y. Fibroblast Growth Factor-10 (FGF-10) Mobilizes Lung-resident Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Protects Against Acute Lung Injury. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:21642. View in PubMed
  8. Hough CL, Caldwell ES, Cox CE, Douglas IS, Kahn JM, White DB, Seeley EJ, Bangdiwala SI, Rubenfeld GD, Angus DC, Carson SS. Development and Validation of a Mortality Prediction Model for Patients Receiving 14 Days of Mechanical Ventilation. Crit Care Med. 2015 Nov; 43(11):2339-45. View in PubMed
  9. Seeley EJ. One-Way Valves to the Rescue for Bronchopleural Fistulae. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015; 27(2):223-4. View in PubMed
  10. Mao YX, Xu JF, Seeley EJ, Tang XD, Xu LL, Zhu YG, Song YL, Qu JM. Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Attenuate Pulmonary Infection Caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa via Inhibiting Overproduction of Prostaglandin E2. Stem Cells. 2015 Jul; 33(7):2331-42. View in PubMed
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