Sushma Cribbs, MD, MsC

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Phone: 404-321-6111 ext 4336



Dr. Cribbs completed her undergraduate and medical school education at Boston University, obtaining her MD in 2002.  She then re-located to Atlanta where she trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University from 2002-2005. During her residency, she initiated a multi-institutional collaborative effort to examine how body mass index modulates airway inflammation and lung hysteresis in asthma.  She secured funding for this project and performed a year of research prior to her fellowship training as a Senior Associate in Emory’s Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, extending this project to investigations related to adipokines, eicosanoid lipid mediators, and biomarkers of airway oxidative stress in obese asthmatics. She then pursued her fellowship training at Emory from 2006-2009. In 2009, she was recruited to stay at Emory University on faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine.  She has served in a number of leadership positions since joining the faculty including Medical Director of the Pulmonary Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital, and she is currently Assistant Program Director of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program and Director of Home Oxygen Respiratory Program at the Atlanta VA Hospital.

Dr. Cribbs’ research is focused on studying the mechanisms by which human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) affects lung immunity rendering individuals susceptible to lung infections. She is currently leading several collaborative, multi-disciplinary translational research projects to elucidate the potential pathways by which HIV infection impairs lung immune functions. She has been funded through a NIH KL2 Career Development Award from Emory University, the NIH Loan Repayment Program and is currently a Co-Investigator on a number of grants recently funded by NHLBI. Additionally, she obtained a Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree from Emory’s Laney Graduate School and is currently in the process of applying for a NIH Career Development Award that will further build upon her clinical studies.  Dr. Cribbs is heavily involved with the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program and a variety of committees on a Division and Department level. She is currently based at the VA where she continues to see patients and supervise students, residents and fellows.