Rollin D. Tabuena
Field of award: Pulmonary Medicine
Year awarded: 2006
Division: Health Sciences
In recognition of his significant research contributions to the field of pulmonary medicine specifically on interventional bronchoscopy. His studies on interstitial lung diseases emphasized the importance of using bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) as a tool to provide clinicians clinicopathologic baseline information to develop a novel strategy to treat this type of chronic progressive pulmonary fibrosis in the near future. As evidence of his outstanding performance and commitment to his chosen field, he has authored and co-authored many scientific medical papers that have impact on the health sciences in general and in pulmonary medicine in particular. Moreover, as a Monbukagusho fellow in respiratory medicine in Kyoto University, he conducted researches on the (1) cell profiles of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid as prognosticatiors of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/usual interstitial pneumonia, (2) nonspecific interstitial pneumonia, (3) diabetes insipidus from neurosarcoidosis, and (4) the role of computed tomography studies in examining the airway dimensions in patients with classic asthma and cough variant asthma, resulting in several publications either as a lead researcher or a co-researcher in internationally recognized journals.