Annette Esper, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Dr. Esper received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin.  She earned her medical degree in 2002 from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston.  She completed an Internal Medicine residency program in 2005 and a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship in 2008 at Emory University.  In 2008, after completing fellowship, she joined the faculty at Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care.  During her first two years on faculty she earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Research from the Laney Graduate School at Emory University.  Dr. Esper is clinically active in pulmonary and critical care at Grady Memorial Hospital and serves as the medical director of the stepdown Intensive Care Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Esper’s research includes clinical and translational research in critically ill patients, with a specific interest in sepsis and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).  She has conducted research that evaluated disparities in sepsis and the impact of diabetes on ARDS development.  Currently, her work focuses on translational research in sepsis-induced ARDS, where she is investigating the role of alveolar macrophage function and phenotype, and conducting biomarker and metabolomics studies in ARDS.  In addition to her clinical and research work, she has the opportunity to teach medical students, residents and fellows in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.