Dr. Georas was born and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Biology in 1983, and then attended Brown Medical School (M.D., 1987). After Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Georas moved to Johns Hopkins University for a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, which he completed in 1994. From 1994 to 2006, he was a faculty member of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Division at Johns Hopkins, conducting research in the Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center.
He rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Pulmonary Research. In July 2006, he moved to the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he served as Division Chief of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine until 2010. Dr. Georas directs a research group investigating mechanisms of immune cell activation in the lung in asthma and other diseases. He has authored numerous publications in this area, and has been invited to present his research at national and international meetings. He is active in peer review, and serves on numerous advisory panels and review groups for the NIH and other professional societies.
Patient Care Bio
I am board certified in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and have been caring for patients with a variety of acute and chronic lung diseases for more than twenty years. I have previous experience directing a respiratory therapy department, and currently oversee the Pulmonary Function Labs at URMC. I am an attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Units at Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, and have extensive experience in managing patients with acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, sepsis, and multi-organ failure, using multiple ventilator modes and also patient-specific approaches to ventilator weaning. I emphasize a team approach in the MICU, and value the input provided by nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and other specialists in developing tailored care plans.
I also see outpatients with general pulmonary problems such as asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, cough, lung nodules, and interstitial lung diseases, at the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma and Pulmonary Care. I have a particular interest in adult patients with severe asthma, and work closely with consultants in Allergy, ENT, and Speech Therapy to develop comprehensive approaches to diagnosis and management. We are enrolling adult asthma patients in our Asthma Registry, which offers non-invasive monitoring of airway inflammation using state-of-the-art techniques.