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Jetina (Tina) Okereke, MD

    Education & Training

  • BS - Microbiology- University of Georgia
  • MD - American University of Antigua College of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Resident Year - University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Research Summary

The goal of my primary research project is to further understand the role of the adaptive immune system, specifically T cells, in sarcoidosis development and persistence. Specifically, our interest is the imbalance between Th17 and regulatory T cells and its effect in active sarcoidosis.

Career Goals

I intend to pursue a career as an independent physician-scientist in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine. My focus will include basic and translational research in sarcoidosis and interstitial lung diseases with the hopes of identifying potential biomarkers, which could aid in the development of treatment options. I plan to continue my clinical time in the medical intensive care unit caring for those with acute pulmonary processes, and in the outpatient setting seeing patients with sarcoidosis and interstitial lung diseases.