Cherry Wongtrakool, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: VAMC Ext 7388

Phone: 404-321-6111



Dr. Wongtrakool obtained an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from MIT and her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.  She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.  She completed her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at The Pulmonary Center at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.  Upon finishing fellowship, she joined the Emory faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.  In 2009, Dr. Wongtrakool moved her research program and clinical responsibilities to the Atlanta VA Medical Center.  She is currently the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Atlanta VA.   She is also the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship.

Dr. Wongtrakool’s research focuses on the effects of nicotine exposure on lung function and structure, particularly as it relates to airway physiology and asthma.  Her research has been funded through the NIH and the VA.  One of her major interests relates to the interaction between nicotine and neuronal signaling in airway smooth muscle cells and lung fibroblasts.   She also sees patients and supervises students, residents and fellows at the Atlanta VA.  She is engaged in medical student education at Emory University School of Medicine.  


Wongtrakool C, Malpel S, Gorenstein J, Sedita J, Ramirez MI, Underhill TM, Cardoso WV. Down-regulation of retinoic acid receptor alpha signaling is required for sacculation and type I cell formation in the developing lung. J Biol Chem. 2003 Nov 21; 278(47): 46911-8.