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Ronald L Sorkness, B.Sc. , M.Sc., PhD, RPh

Professor (CHS)
Professor (CHS) of Pharmacy, Medicine and Pediatrics

 

 

 


Mechanisms of obstructive airway disease; Virus-induced airway dysfunction; Severe asthma; Airway physiology and structure/function correlates

  • Investigator in the Morris Institute for Respiratory Research

Professional Experience

2001-present     Professor (CHS) of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Pediatrics; Pharmacy Practice Division, School of Pharmacy, and Allergy, Pulmonary & Critical Care Division, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2000-present     Investigator in the Morris Institute for Respiratory Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2003-2007         Chair, Pharmacy Practice Division, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

1994- 2001        Associate Professor (CHS) of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Pediatrics; Pharmacy Practice Division, School of Pharmacy, and Allergy Division, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

1989-1994         Associate Scientist, Dept. of Medicine, Allergy Division, University of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center

1981-1994         Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy

1988-1989         Research Associate, Dept. of Medicine, Allergy Division, Univ. of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center

1986-1988         Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Allergy Division, Univ. of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center

1982-1986         Research Assistant, The John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine, Dept. of Preventive Medicine, University of Wisconsin

1977-1981         Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, and Center for Trauma and Life Support, University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wisconsin

1974-1977         Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo and E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, New York

1972-1974         Pharmacy Resident, University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wisconsin.

Education:

  • BS 1972 Pharmacy - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS 1974 Clinical Pharmacy - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD 1986 Physiology - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Residency Hospital Pharmacy - UW Hospital and Clinics
  • Postdoctoral - U.W. Division of Allergy and Immunology

Pharmacotherapy III and IV

Fluid & Electrolyte Therapy

Adult Critical Care Clerkship

Highlighted Publications:

 Please see my NCBI bibliography at:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1-sZkiVMwIxkZ/bibliography/43115784/public/?sort=date direction=descending

 

Book Chapters:

Fain SB, Mummy DG, Sorkness RL.  Hyperpolarized gas MRI of the lung in asthma, in Albert MS and Hane FT (eds), Hyperpolarized and Inert Gas MRI. From Technology to Application in Research and Medicine. Academic Press, Elsevier, London, 2017, pp 223-238.

Horvath I, Sorkness RL, Sterk PJ.  Airway physiology and pathophysiology in severe asthma, in Chung KF, Bel EH, Wenzel SE (eds), Difficult-to-Treat Severe Asthma,  European Respiratory Monograph Number 51, European Respiratory Society, 2011; pp 182-188. 

Bel EH, ten Brinke A, Sorkness RL.  Fixed airway obstruction in severe asthma, in Chung KF, Bel EH, Wenzel SE (eds), Difficult-to-Treat Severe Asthma,  European Respiratory Monograph Number 51, European Respiratory Society, 2011; pp 147-159. 

Fain SB, Holmes JH, Sorkness RL.  Asthma, in Kauczor H-U (ed), MRI of the Lung, Medical Radiology- Diagnostic Imaging  Series, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2009. 

Rosenthal LA, Sorkness RL, Lemanske RF Jr.  Origin of respiratory virus-induced chronic airway dysfunction: Exploring genetic, developmental, and environmental factors in a rat model of the asthmatic phenotype, in Johnston SI and Papadopoulos NG (eds), Respiratory Infections in Allergy and Asthma, Lung Biology in Health and Disease Series vol 178, Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003, pp 365-388. 

Sorkness R.  Fluid and electrolyte therapy, in Boh LE (ed), Pharmacy Practice Manual: A Guide to the Clinical Experience, 2nd ed, Lippincott Williams Wilkins, Baltimore, 2001. 

Gern JE, Sorkness RL, Busse WW.  The effects of viral infections on lower airway function, in Busse WW and Holgate ST (eds), Asthma and Rhinitis, Blackwell Scientific Publications, Boston, 2000. 

Sorkness RL, Calhoun WJ and Busse WW.  Neural control of the airways and cholinergic mechanisms, in Weiss EB and Stein M (eds.), Bronchial Asthma, 3rd Edition, Little Brown, Boston, 1993.  

Border JR, Seibel R, LaDuca J, McMenamy RH, Birkhahn RH, Sorkness R and Bernardis LL.  Trauma and delayed sepsis, in Burke JF and Hildick-Smith GY (eds.). The Infection Prone Hospital Patient, Little Brown, Boston, 1978.