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Richard Lawrence Kradin, MD

  • Phone: 617-726-1721
Department of Pathology
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Department of Medicine


  • Cancer Center
  • Thoracic Cancers
  • Transplant Center
  • Lung Transplant
Clinical Interests
Unexplained Dyspnea
Pulmonary pathophysiology
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Jefferson Medical College
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, Pennsylvania Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Primary Care Patients
Yes - Accepting primary care patients with pulmonary issues only

Accepting New Specialty Patients



Associate Pathologist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Physician
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School

Director, MGH Infectious Disease Pathology


Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-2967

Dr. Kradin's career has integrated formal training in pulmonary medicine, anatomic pathology, basic immunology, and psychiatry. Dr. Kradin's primary area of expertise is the immunopathology of lung disease, to which he has made significant contributions to the areas of antigen processing by dendritic cells and the immunopathogenesis of acute and chronic interstitial lung injury.

Dr. Kradin has contributed articles and texts in areas as diverse as infectious disease, meditation, and psychosomatic medicine. His concomitant practice of medicine and pathology allowed him to develop an NIH-funded clinical trial of the adoptive transfer of autologous tumor-specific activated lymphocytes and interleukin-2 in the treatment of advanced cancers. This was a pioneering study in the effort to "personalize" cancer treatment, and elements of this approach continue to be adopted by oncologists in the treatment of patients with advanced malignant melanoma and renal cell carcinoma.


Dr. Kradin's research efforts have included the description of several new diseases, including nodular pulmonary lymphoid hyperplasia, a benign lymphoid hyperplasia seen in HIV-infections and numerous autoimmune disorders; a clinical variant of diffuse alveolar damage with features of organizing pneumonia seen in patients with ARDS that respond favorably to corticosteroids; a variant of alveolar lipoproteinosis that requires distinct therapeutic intervention; an accelerated clinical form of asbestosis; a form of interstitial lung disease that accompanies myelodysplasia and augurs leukemic transformation; and a novel malignant tumor of the lung (pulmonary blastoma). Research interests include pulmonary immunity, infectious disease, stress and immunity, and asbestos-related disease.

Techniques utilized include tissue culture and immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, Northern blotting, and immunocytochemistry. Projects range from basic science to clinical research.

Pulmonary Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-1721
Fax: 617-726-2365