University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Medicine

Bio for Benjamin Suratt, M.D.
Benjamin Suratt, M.D.

Benjamin Suratt, M.D.

Vice Chair of Medicine for Academic Affairs
Associate Director, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Unit
Associate Professor of Medicine and Cell & Molecular Biology
Department of Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
Medicine, Given E407


AMHERST COLLEGE, Amherst, MA. Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1988 - Interdisciplinary Major: Biochemistry/Immunology
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS, New York, NY. Doctor of Medicine, 1993- Alpha Omega Alpha

Postdoctoral Training

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL, Boston, MA. Residency Training in Internal Medicine, 1993-1996
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER, Denver, CO. Fellowship Training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 1997-2000

Certification/Board Eligibility


Clinical Expertise

Pulmonary complications of Cancer Survivorship
General Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Suratt's research career has focused on the role of innate immunity in the pathogenesis of critical illness, particularly ARDS. His recent work has focused on host factors, such as obesity and genetic polymorphisms, and their influence on inflammatory response in the development of and outcomes from critical illness.

Academic Appointments

2008 - Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine
2008 - Associate Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Vermont
2003 - 2008 Assistant Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Vermont
2002 - 2008 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine
2001 - 2002 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
2000 - 2002 Instructor of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
1996 - 1997 Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Professional Societies

Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1998-present
American Thoracic Society,  1998-present
Massachusetts Medical Society, 1993-present
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992-present


Effects of acute and chronic low density lipoprotein exposure on neutrophil function. Palvinskaya T, Antkowiak M, Burg E, Lenox CC, Ubags N, Cramer A, Rincón M, Dixon AE, Fessler MB, Poynter ME, Suratt BT. Pulm Pharmacol Ther 26:405-11, 2013.

Obesity is associated with neutrophil dysfunction and attenuation of murine acute lung injury. Kordonowy LL, Burg E, Lenox CC, Gauthier LM, Petty JM, Antkowiak M, Palvinskaya T, Ubags N, Rincón M, Dixon AE, Vernooy JH, Fessler MB, Poynter ME, Suratt BT. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 47:120-7, 2012.

Essential role of IL-6 in protection against H1N1 influenza virus by promoting neutrophil survival in the lung. Dienz O, Rud JG, Eaton SM, Lanthier PA, Burg E, Drew A, Bunn J, Suratt BT, Haynes L, Rincon M. Mucosal Immunol 5:258-66, 2012.

Extreme obesity and outcomes in critically ill patients. Martino JL, Stapleton RD, Wang M, Day AG, Cahill NE, Dixon AE, Suratt BT, Heyland DK. CHEST 140:1198-1206, 2011.

The association between BMI and plasma cytokine levels in patients with acute lung injury. Stapleton RD, Dixon AE, Parsons PE, Ware LB, Suratt BT. NHLBI Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Network. CHEST 138:568-577, 2010.

PubMed link for more publications.