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Carlos A Jimenez, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

I am a pulmonologist with specific training and interest in Interventional Pulmonology and Clinical Research. My goal is to create and conduct well designed clinical studies to have useful evidence based knowledge that can help identifying or creating cost-effective procedures and strategies in the fields of Pulmonary Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Unit Number: 1462
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: Pickens Academic Tower - FCT12.6016
Phone: 713-563-4255
Fax: 713-794-4922

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1987 Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Santafe de Bogota, D.C., Colombia, MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/2000-6/2001 Clinical Fellowship, Interventional Pulmonology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Rodolfo Morice, MD
7/1998-6/2000 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, Mark Farney, MD
7/1995-6/1998 Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, David Taylor, MD
3/1990-2/1993 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, Jorge Rodriguez, MD
1/1989-12/1989 Research Fellowship, Perinatology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Roberto Romero, MD

Board Certifications

9/2002 American Board of Critical Care Medicine, Recertification Date: 11/2012
9/2001 American Board of Pulmonary Diseases, Recertification Date: 11/2011
9/2000 American Board of Internal Medicine, Recertification Date: 10/2011

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Casal RF, Iribarren J, Eapen G, Ost D, Morice R, Lan C, Cornwell L, Almeida FA, Grosu H, Jimenez CA. Safety and Effectiveness of Microdebrider Bronchoscopy for the Management of Central Airway Obstruction. Respirology 18(6):1011-5, 8/2013. PMID: 23520982.
2. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA. A watery mediastinal mass. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187(10):1135-6, 5/2013. PMID: 23675716.
3. Eapen GA, Shah AM, Lei X, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Yarmus L, Filner J, Ray C, Michaud G, Greenhill SR, Sarkiss M, Casal R, Rice D, Ost DE, American College of Chest Physicians Quality Improvement Registry, Education. Complications, consequences, and practice patterns of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration: results of the AQuIRE registry. Chest 143(4):1044-53, 4/2013. PMCID: PMC3616680.
4. Grosu HB, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Ost D, Sarkiss MG, Eapen GA. Cryptogenic bronchial stenosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187(3):327, 2/2013. PMID: 23378438.
5. Faiz SA, Bashoura L, Lei X, Sampat KR, Brown TC, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Ferrajoli A, Jimenez CA. Pleural effusions in patients with acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. Leuk Lymphoma 54(2):329-35, 2/2013. PMID: 22812422.
6. Casal RF, Bashoura L, Ost D, Chiu HT, Faiz SA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Detecting Medical Device Complications: Lessons From an Indwelling Pleural Catheter Clinic. Am J Med Qual 28(1):69-75, Jan-Feb, 1/2013. PMID: 22763365.
7. Grosu HB, Esteva FJ, Jimenez CA, Morice RC. Speech prosthesis aspiration. Emerg Med J 30(1):85, 1/2013. PMID: 22508194.
8. Casal RF, Staerkel GA, Ost D, Almeida FA, Uzbeck MH, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Nogueras-Gonzalez GM, Sarkiss M, Morice RC. Randomized clinical trial of endobronchial ultrasound needle biopsy with and without aspiration. Chest 142(3):568-73, 9/2012. PMCID: PMC3610596.
9. Grosu HB, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Ost D, Moran C, Morice RC. The iron lady. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 186(5):460, 9/2012. PMID: 22942346.
10. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Almeida FA, Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA. A flexible knot to untie. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(11):1244, 6/2012. PMID: 22661525.
11. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Betancourt SL, Colomer AL, Jimenez CA. Coexistence of two anatomical bronchial variances. BMJ Case Rep 2012, 6/2012. e-Pub 6/2012. PMID: 22729326.
12. Ost DE, Shah AM, Lei X, Godoy MC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Jani P, Larson AJ, Sarkiss MG, Morice RC. Respiratory infections increase the risk of granulation tissue formation following airway stenting in patients with malignant airway obstruction. Chest 141(6):1473-81, 6/2012. PMID: 22194585.
13. Shah A, Ost D, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jimenez CA. Diagnostic methylene blue test for stent covered tracheoesophageal fistula. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(7):e9, 4/1/2012. PMID: 22467810.
14. Shah AM, Morice RC, Ost D, Eapen GA, Betancourt SL, Jimenez CA. High-riding pericardial recess mimicking metastatic mediastinal lymph node. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(1):e1, 1/1/2012. PMID: 22210796.
15. Ost DE, Ernst A, Lei X, Feller-Kopman D, Eapen GA, Kovitz KL, Herth FJ, Simoff M, on behalf of the AQuIRE Bronchoscopy Registry. Diagnostic Yield of Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration: Results of the AQuIRE Bronchoscopy Registry. Chest 140(6):1557-1566, 12/2011. PMID: 21659432.
16. Betancourt SL, Palacio D, Jimenez CA, Martinez S, Marom EM. Thoracic manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol 197(3):W452-6, 9/2011. PMID: 21862772.
17. Marshall CB, Jacob B, Patel S, Sneige N, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Caraway N. The utility of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy in the diagnosis of mediastinal lymphoproliferative disorders. Cancer Cytopathol 119(2):118-26, 4/2011. PMID: 21308997.
18. Filner J, Bonura EJ, Lau ST, Abounasr KK, Naidich D, Morice RC, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Casal RF, Ost D. Bronchoscopic fibered confocal fluorescence microscopy image characteristics and pathologic correlations. J Bronchology 18(1):23, 1/2011.
19. Casal RF, Jimenez CA, Mehran RJ, Eapen GA, Ost D, Sarkiss M, Morice RC. Infected mediastinal bronchogenic cyst successfully treated by endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration. Ann Thorac Surg 90(4):e52-3, 10/2010. PMCID: PMC2964689.
20. Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Mehran RJ, Keus L, Ost D. Using quantitative breath sound measurements to predict lung function following resection. J Cardiothorac Surg 12(5):81, 10/2010. PMCID: PMC2964689.
21. Katz RL, He W, Khanna A, Fernandez RL, Zaidi TM, Krebs M, Caraway NP, Zhang HZ, Jiang F, Spitz MR, Blowers DP, Jimenez CA, Mehran RJ, Swisher SG, Roth JA, Morris JS, Etzel CJ, El-Zein R. Genetically abnormal circulating cells in lung cancer patients: an antigen-independent fluorescence in situ hybridization-based case-control study. Clin Cancer Res 16(15):3976-87, 8/2010. PMCID: PMC2949278.
22. Kim ES, Hong WK, Lee JJ, Mao L, Morice RC, Liu DD, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Lotan R, Tang X, Newman RA, Wistuba II, Kurie JM. Biological activity of celecoxib in the bronchial epithelium of current and former smokers. Cancer Prev Res 3(2):148-59, 2/2010. PMID: 20103722.
23. Ozcakar B, Martinez CH, Morice RC, Eapen GA, Ost D, Sarkiss MG, Chiu HT, Jimenez CA. Does pleural fluid appearance really matter? The relationship between fluid appearance and cytology, cell counts, and chemical laboratory measurements in pleural effusions of patients with cancer. J Cardiothorac Surg 18(5):63, 2010. PMCID: PMC2933602.
24. Rice DC, Steliga MA, Stewart J, Eapen G, Jimenez CA, Lee JH, Hofstetter WL, Marom EM, Mehran RJ, Vaporciyan AA, Walsh GL, Swisher SG. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration for staging of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Ann Thorac Surg 88(3):862-8, 9/2009. PMID: 19699913.
25. Benedik PS, Baun MM, Keus L, Jimenez C, Morice R, Bidani A, Meininger JC. Effects of body position on resting lung volume in overweight and mildly to moderately obese subjects. Respir Care 54(3):334-9, 3/2009. PMID: 19245726.
26. Casal RF, Adachi R, Jimenez CA, Sarkiss M, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillus tracheobronchitis facilitated by endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration: a case report. J Med Case Reports 3:9290, 2009. PMCID: PMC2783092.
27. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Bruzzi JF, Mhatre AD, Lei X, Giles FJ, Fanning T, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration in the diagnosis of lymphoma. Thorax 63(4):360-5, 4/2008. PMID: 17965071.
28. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Chang J, Fossella F, Eapen GA, Morice RC. Optimisation of bronchial brachytherapy catheter placement with a modified airway stent. Eur Respir J 31(4):902-3, 4/2008. PMID: 18378785.
29. Marom EM, Martinez CH, Truong MT, Lei X, Sabloff BS, Munden RF, Gladish GW, Herbst RS, Morice RC, Stewart DJ, Jimenez CA, Blumenschein GR, Onn A. Tumor cavitation during therapy with antiangiogenesis agents in patients with lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol 3(4):351-7, 4/2008. PMID: 18379352.
30. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Mhatre AD, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Clinical implications of granulomatous inflammation detected by endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration in patients with suspected cancer recurrence in the mediastinum. J Cardiothorac Surg 3:8, 2008. PMCID: PMC2291049.
31. Jimenez CA, Mhatre AD, Martinez CH, Eapen GA, Onn A, Morice RC. Use of an indwelling pleural catheter for the management of recurrent chylothorax in patients with cancer. Chest 132(5):1584-90, 11/2007. PMID: 17890482.
32. Kennedy MP, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Endobronchial ultrasound appearance of pulmonary artery thrombus in a patient with thymic carcinoma. J Thorac Oncol 2(9):862, 9/2007. PMID: 17805065.
33. Gupta S, Jain A, Warneke CL, Gupta A, Shannon VR, Morice RC, Onn A, Jimenez CA, Bashoura L, Giralt SA, Dickey BF, Eapen GA. Outcome of alveolar hemorrhage in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Bone Marrow Transplant 40(1):71-8, 7/2007. PMID: 17483846.
34. Kopetz S, Jimenez C, Tu SM, Sharma P. Pulmonary arteriovenous fistula in a patient with renal cell carcinoma. Eur Respir J 29(4):813-15, 4/2007. PMID: 17400880.
35. Kennedy MP, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Treatment of bronchial airway obstruction using a rotating tip microdebrider: a case report. J Cardiothorac Surg 2:16, 2007. PMCID: PMC1847429.
36. Baser S, Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Onn A, Lin E, Morice RC. Smoking cessation after diagnosis of lung cancer is associated with a beneficial effect on performance status. Chest 130(6):1784-90, 12/2006. PMID: 17166997.
37. Baser S, Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Onn A, Keus L, Lin E, Morice RC. Pulmonary dysfunction as a major cause of inoperability among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. Clin Lung Cancer 7(5):344-49, 3/2006. PMID: 16640807.
38. Gupta S, Jain A, Fanning TV, Couriel DR, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. An unusual cause of alveolar hemorrhage post hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a case report. BMC Cancer 7:87, 2006. PMCID: PMC1479356.
39. Jimenez C, Plata T, Saavedra C, Ospina J. Irrigacion pleural continua en hipotermia. Acta Medica Colombiana 20:245-247, 1995.

Invited Articles

1. Uzbeck MH, Almeida FA, Sarkiss MG, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Kennedy MP. Management of malignant pleural effusions. Adv Ther 27(6):334-47, 6/2010. PMID: 20544327.
2. Sarkiss M, Casal RF, Ost D, Morice RC, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA. Anaesthesia for interventional bronchoscopy. Minerva Pneumologica 48(3):231, 9/2009.
3. Casal RF, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jimenez CA. Medical thoracoscopy. Curr Opin Pulm Med 15(4):313-20, 7/2009. PMID: 19387349.
4. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Ultrasound-guided endobronchial, endoscopic and transthoracic biopsy. Semin Respir Crit Care Med 29(4):453-64, 8/2008. PMID: 18651362.
5. Sarkiss M, Kennedy M, Riedel B, Norman P, Morice R, Jimenez C, Eapen G. Anesthesia technique for endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of mediastinal lymph node. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 21(6):892-6, 12/2007. PMID: 18068076.


1. Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC. Improving Procedural Training and Certification in Pulmonary Medicine. Chest 137(1):6-8, 1/2010. PMID: 20051398.

Letters to the Editor

1. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Is endobronchial ultrasound additive to routine bronchoscopy in diagnosing sarcoidosis? Eur Respir J 30(3):601-2, 9/2007. PMID: 17766640.

Last updated: 8/14/2015