Robert Jeffrey Kaner, M.D.

Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Robert Jeffrey Kaner, M.D.

Dr. Kaner is Associate Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Center and Assciate Professor ofClinical Medicine and Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has expertise in interstitial lung diseases suchas idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and including those due to connective tissue diseases and directs a multidisciplinaryinterstitial lung disease conference. He has clinical expertise in lung complications of conditions such as HIV, cancer andcancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplantation. He is the medical director of the VentilatorManagement Team.

Dr. Kaner is the Principal Investigator of the Weill-Cornell site of the National Instituteof Health (NIH)-sponsored Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network, one of 11 in the US and the only centerin the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region of the country. He is the project leader of an NIH-sponsored study of the molecular basisof accelerated emphysema development in HIV-1 positive smokers, which is part of a Specialized Center of Clinically OrientedResearch for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) directed by Dr. R. Crystal. He has served as principal investigatorof NIH-sponsored basic research in mechanisms of vascular permeability in the lung and interactions of human alveolar macrophageswith HIV-1. He has participated in multicenter research studies in severe sepsis and nosocomial pneumonia.

Dr. Kaner is committed to research into the application of cutting edge molecular techniques to advance the understandingof pathophysiology, as well as to further improve the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. He is board certified in internalmedicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.

Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia, PA

 Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,

Philadelphia, PA

 Fellowship: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hospital of

the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 Fellowship (research): Connective Tissue Research Institute,

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 Director, Ventilator Management Team, New York-Presbyterian

Hospital/Weill Cornell Campus, New York, NY


    Outstanding Clinician Award, NY State Thoracic Society, 2010

Publications (selected)

Stover DE and Kaner RJ.  Pulmonary Toxicity in DeVita VT, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, eds. Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 9th edition. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011

Kaner RJ. Pulmonary Complications of Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation. Pulmonary Up-To-Date Series on CD, 1996-2013.

Kaner RJ.. Pulmonary Complications of Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation.  Pulmonary Up-To-Date Series on CD, 1996-2013.

A Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial of Warfarin in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Noth I, Anstrom KJ, Calvert SB, de Andrade J, Flaherty KR, Glazer C, Kaner RJ, Olman MA; The Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network (IPFnet). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 May 3.  

Prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine for pulmonary fibrosis. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinical Research Network, Raghu G, Anstrom KJ, King TE Jr, Lasky JA, Martinez FJ. (Kaner RJ, collaborating investigator) N Engl J Med. 2012 May 24;366(21):1968-77

A Comparison of Seriously Ill Patients with or without AIDS Requiring Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation. J Dermot Frengley, M.D.; Giorgio R Sansone, Ph D; Kiranjit Uppal, M.P.H; John J Vecchione, M.D; Robert J Kaner, M.D J Crit Care. 2012 Dec;27(6):594-601 

Mast Cells: A Pivotal Role in Pulmonary Fibrosis. Arul Veerappan, Nathan J. O’Connor, Jacqueline Brazin, Alicia C. Reid, Albert Jung, David McGee, Barbara Summers, Dascher Branch-Elliman, Brendon Stiles, Stefan Worgall, Robert J. Kaner and Randi B. Silver DNA AND CELL BIOLOGY Volume 32, Number 4, 2013 206–218 

Effects of smoking on non-AIDS-related morbidity in HIV-infected patients. Shirley DK, Kaner RJ, Glesby MJ. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jul;57(2):275-82.

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