Paul Wolters, MD

University of California, San Francisco


Dr. Wolters received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota, trained in internal medicine at the University of Colorado, and pulmonary and critical care at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 1999 where he co-founded the UCSF Interstitial Lung Disease Program.

His research is focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of fibrotic lung disease and using this knowledge to develop novel therapies for treating these diseases. His research group investigates lung fibrosis by applying animal models and translational studies using patient samples to define the cellular and molecular mechanisms that promote lung fibrosis.

To achieve this goal, his group has established a large repository of biological specimens, obtained from generous patients with lung fibrosis, including patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and scleroderma. Dr. Wolters’ recent scientific focus has even on explaining the role telomere dysfunction plays in promoting the and progression of lung fibrosis.