Sally E Wenzel MD
  • Sally E. Wenzel, MD

    Professor of Medicine Director, Asthma Institute

Sally E. Wenzel, MD

Professor of Medicine Director, Asthma Institute


Dr. Sally Wenzel completed her medical degree at the University of Florida. Following her residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University and her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, she spent 19 yrs at National Jewish and the University of Colorado where she rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine. During her years at National Jewish, she served on the Pulmonary–Allergy Advisory Committee to the FDA, was Assembly Chair for the American Thoracic Society (ATS) section on Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation and chaired the ATS International Conference Committee. She received the Elizabeth Rich Award for her role in promoting women in science.  Dr. Wenzel serves as Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and serves on the LCMI Study Section for NIH grant reviews.  She moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 to take a position as director of the Asthma Institute. 

Dr. Wenzel has had a passion for understanding and improving the treatment of asthma, in particular severe asthma. She served as Chair of the ATS workshop on severe asthma which developed the international consensus definition of severe asthma. She has worked to promote severe asthma as a disease whose pathogenesis goes beyond issues of non-compliance/adherence. Her studies of asthma phenotypes have led the field in understanding the complexities of asthma, and in explaining why mouse models of allergic inflammation do not adequately mirror the human condition.