Ashish Mehta, MD
Assistant Professor, Medical Director, Atlanta VA Medical Center
Emory University, USA
Dr. Mehta completed undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received his MD in 2003. He then came to Emory University where he completed residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care. During fellowship he worked in Dr. David Guidot’s laboratory investigating mechanisms of alcohol-induced lung injury. When he finished fellowship, he remained at Emory and joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2009 with a two year career development award from the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He has since received another five year career development award and serves as the medical director of the intensive care unit at the Atlanta VA. He also completed a master’s degree in clinical research, which he received from the Laney Graduate School at Emory in 2013.
Clinical translational projects evaluating the role of alcohol abuse in predisposing individuals to pneumonia and acute lung injury. Specifically, he investigates the role of zinc deficiency and oxidative stress on alveolar macrophage immune function. He is currently running a large 5 year randomized clinical trial evaluating the role of dietary antioxidants and zinc on lung immune function in alcoholic subjects. His clinical time is at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and he is interested in the use of ultrasonography in critical care. He is very involved in ultrasound education and serves on the division ultrasound committee that is responsible for the training of fellows and faculty.