Monica Kraft, MD

  • Professor, Medicine
  • Chair, Department of Medicine
  • The Robert and Irene Flinn Endowed Chair of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Deputy Director, UA Health Sciences Asthma and Airway Disease Research Center

Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 2014, Dr. Monica Kraft, MD, was at Duke University, where she served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, as the Charles C. Johnson, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and as director of the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center, which she founded. As vice chair for research in the Duke University Department of Medicine from 2009-13, Dr. Kraft implemented several important initiatives to support the department’s research endeavors and was instrumental in the re-submission and renewal of Duke’s National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA). Prior to joining Duke in 2004, Dr. Kraft served as director of the Carl and Hazel Felt Laboratory in Adult Asthma Research and as medical director of the pulmonology physiology unit at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colo. Dr. Kraft has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, awarded by President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000. She also served as president of the American Thoracic Society in 2012-13.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Kraft has more than 150 publications in the areas of adult asthma, the role of infection in asthma and the role of the distal lung in asthma and airway remodeling. Her work has appeared in such prestigious publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Chest. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Lung Association for more than 20 years.

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  • Undergrad: University of California Davis, Chemistry
  • MD: University of California San Francisco
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Chief Resident
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

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Katial, R. K., G. W. Bensch, W. W. Busse, B. E. Chipps, J. L. Denson, A. N. Gerber, J. S. Jacobs, M. Kraft, R. J. Martin, P. Nair, et al., "Changing Paradigms in the Treatment of Severe Asthma: The Role of Biologic Therapies.", J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract, vol. 5, issue 2S, pp. S1-S14, 2017 Mar - Apr. PMID: 28143691
Toosizadeh, N., C. Berry, C. Bime, B. Najafi, M. Kraft, and J. Mohler, "Assessing upper-extremity motion: An innovative method to quantify functional capacity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.", PLoS One, vol. 12, issue 2, pp. e0172766, 2017. PMCID: PMC5325547  PMID: 28235045
Ebner, L., M. He, R. S. Virgincar, T. Heacock, S. S. Kaushik, M. S. Freemann, P. H McAdams, M. Kraft, and B. Driehuys, "Hyperpolarized 129Xenon Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Quantify Regional Ventilation Differences in Mild to Moderate Asthma: A Prospective Comparison Between Semiautomated Ventilation Defect Percentage Calculation and Pulmonary Function Tests.", Invest Radiol, vol. 52, issue 2, pp. 120-127, 2017 Feb. PMID: 27662575


Denlinger, L. C., T. S. King, J. Carlos Cardet, T. Craig, F. Holguin, D. J. Jackson, M. Kraft, S. P. Peters, K. Ross, K. Sumino, et al., "Vitamin D Supplementation and the Risk of Colds in Patients with Asthma.", Am J Respir Crit Care Med, vol. 193, issue 6, pp. 634-41, 2016 Mar 15. PMCID: PMC4824938  PMID: 26540136
Ledford, J. G., K. J. Addison, D. Francisco, M. W. Foster, D. R. Voelker, L. G. Que, and M. Kraft, "Genetic Variation in Surfactant Protein-A2 Results in Altered Regulation of Eosinophil Activities and Enhanced Eosinophilia in Patients with Asthma.", Ann Am Thorac Soc, vol. 13 Suppl 1, pp. S101, 2016 Mar. PMCID: PMC5015737  PMID: 27027938