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Michelle Zhang, MD

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep MedicineUC San Diego Department of Medicine


Dr. Zhang was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois and left after high school to pursue her undergraduate education and medical training in Massachusetts. In residency, she worked in a basic science lab investigating the anti-neoplastic effect of exercise on lung adenocarcinoma. Clinically, she is fascinated by cardiopulmonary physiology and hemodynamics, which naturally led her to an interest in pulmonary hypertension. In fellowship, she hopes to focus her research efforts on this disease process. In her free time, she enjoys live music, rock climbing, and the occasional excursion back into philosophy.

Education & Training
2008-2012: Tufts University, B.A. Philosophy
2012-2016: Boston University School of Medicine
2016-2019: Boston University Medical Campus Internal Medicine Residency
2019-2021: University of California San Diego, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship

Research Interests
• Myokine effects on NSCLC
• Pulmonary hypertension

Key Publications
Zhang M, Dela Cruz M, Chowdhury S, Roy H. Myokines as anti-proliferative agents in lung adenocarcinoma: an in vitro study into exercise and lung cancer. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2018; 197: A2693.