Michael J. Krowka, M.D.

  1. Pulmonologist
  2. Internist

Departments

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Clinical research of Michael J. Krowka, M.D., broadly covers the lung abnormalities that are caused by liver disease. The lung abnormalities can be very important in that the decisions to proceed with liver transplantation may depend on the severity of the following lung problems:

  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a liver-induced pulmonary vasodilation problem causing severely low oxygen levels in the blood. Investigation focuses on the factors that dilate blood vessels. This syndrome is reversible by liver transplantation.
  • Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH). This is a liver-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction problem causing pulmonary artery high blood pressure and right heart failure. Investigation focuses on medical treatments to allow safe liver transplant. This syndrome may or may not resolve after liver transplant.
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This inherited disorder can cause deficiency of a circulating protein made in the liver that protects the lung. Deficiency of this blood protein (caused by an accumulation in the liver cells, causing cirrhosis and the need for liver transplantation) results in lung damage, mainly emphysema. Investigation focuses on normalization of the blood protein level after liver transplantation and the subsequent effect on the lungs.

Dr. Krowka's research projects involve patients at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.

  1. Liver problems
  2. Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension associated with liver diseases

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 1986
    Fellow - PulmonaryMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 1983
    Resident - Internal MedicineEvanston Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School
  3. 1981
    Internship - MedicineEvanston Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School
  4. 1980
    MD - MedicineUniversity of Nevada, Reno
  5. 1973
    MS - Educational Foundations & CounselingUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
  6. 1968
    BS - MathematicsNorthern Illinois University

Certifications

  1. 1986
    Pulmonary DiseaseAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 1983
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2002
    Laureate AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine
  2. 1994
    Service AwardNational Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Association, Florida Chapter
  3. 1983
    Resident of the YearEvanston Hospital
  4. 1980
    AOAUniversity of Nevada School of Medicine

Professional memberships

  1. 2004 - 2006
    Vice ChairEducation Writing Group, Alphaone Foundation
  2. 2004 - 2006
    MemberScientific Leadership Committee, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  3. 2001 - present
    Practice ChairDivision of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  4. 2000 - 2001
    ChairFloor Practice Group, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  5. 2000
    Co-ChairConsumer Advisory Committee, National Alpha1 Organization
  6. 2000 - present
    ChairMedical Chest Consult Service Task Force, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  7. 1999 - 2002
    MemberDevelopment Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  8. 1999 - 2000
    MemberMayo Clinic Education Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  9. 1999
    ChairStrategic Clinical Research Planning Group, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  10. 1999 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, National Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Association
  11. 1998 - present
    MemberResearch Committee, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  12. 1997 - 2004
    MemberResearch Committee, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  13. 1997
    ChairDRG-88 Cost Reduction Task Force, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  14. 1997
    ChairPractice Integration Task Force, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  15. 1997
    MemberCoordinating Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  16. 1997
    MemberVA Merit Review Boards, Office of External Affairs
  17. 1996 - 1999
    MemberSteering Committee, Alpha1 Research Network
  18. 1996 - 1999
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Alpha1 Organization
  19. 1995 - 1996
    Co-ChairResearch Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  20. 1995 - 1996
    ChairClinical Research Plan Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  21. 1995 - 1996
    MemberResearch Executive Subcommittee, Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  22. 1994 - 1996
    MemberNemours Liaison Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  23. 1994 - 1996
    MemberAdult Lung Disease Committee, American Lung Association of Northeast Florida
  24. 1994 - 1995
    ChairResearch Space Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  25. 1994 - 1995
    RepresentativeNemours Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  26. 1992 - 1994
    MemberPractice Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  27. 1992 - 1994
    MemberClinical Research Center Advisory Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  28. 1992
    MemberFacility Expansion Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  29. 1990 - 1995
    MemberPhysicians Advisory Board, American Lung Association, Jacksonville
  30. 1990 - 1992
    MemberLong-Range Planning Group, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  31. 1989 - 1995
    Vice ChairResearch Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  32. 1988 - 1989
    MemberResearch Committee, Mayo Clinic Florida Committees
  33. 1987 - 1990
    RepresentativeInstitutional Review Board, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  34.  
    MemberPublic Affairs Committee - State, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  35.  
    ChairAdult Lung Disease Committee, American Lung Association of Northeast Florida
  36.  
    Grant ReviewerVA Merit Review Boards, Office of External Affairs
  37.  
    MemberAmerican College of Chest Physicians
  38.  
    MemberAmerican Thoracic Society
  39.  
    MemberAmerican Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
  40.  
    MemberInternational Liver Transplantation Society
  41.  
    MemberAmerican Society of Transplantation
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