PULMONOLOGIST joinS UMass memorial medical center


Dr. Kornfeld brings expertise in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS


November 4, 2002


WORCESTER, Mass.— Pulmonologist Hardy Kornfeld, MD, has joined the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He has also been appointed professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), UMass Memorial’s academic partner. Dr. Kornfeld comes to UMass Memorial from the Pulmonary Center at Boston University School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine and pathology. He also served as an attending physician in the tuberculosis clinic, medical intensive care unit and pulmonary consultation service at Boston Medical Center.


Supported by National Institutes of Health funding, Kornfeld’s laboratory studies host defense against respiratory infections. His current research focuses on the interaction between alveolar macrophages and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the role of macrophage-programmed cell death in the innate immune response to this important human pathogen. Kornfeld and co-investigators also previously cloned the cytokine IL-16. His lab is currently investigating the role that IL-16 plays in protective immunity, and

testing the potential application of IL-16-based drugs for diseases ranging from asthma to AIDS.


Kornfeld earned his medical degree at the Boston University of School of Medicine, and completed postdoctoral training at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, Boston University Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certifications in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.


UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $134 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.



Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000