Howard J. Huang, M.D., is the new medical director of the lung transplant program at Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center.


Huang, a pulmonologist, recently served as director of lung transplant research and associate medical director of lung transplantation Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.


“This is a great opportunity to assume a leadership role at one of the most productive lung transplant programs in the country,” Huang said. “Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center has an excellent reputation and I am excited to be a part of this great team and to help take the lung transplant program to the next level.”


One of Huang’s main focuses is clinical and translational research with a goal of helping lung transplant patients achieve better long-term outcomes.


“We want to advance beyond a one-size fits all approach to treating lung transplant patients by unraveling how the immunology works in each patient, how they respond to drug therapies, etc. and designing more personalized treatment programs,” Huang said. “Our goal is to always improve patient care and I’m excited for the opportunity to pursue this at Houston Methodist.”


Huang has been an investigator on research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Thoracic Society and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas in Austin and his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency at UT Southwestern and his fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in pulmonary and critical care medicine.