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Milton D. Rossman, MD

Milton D. Rossman, MD Physician

Director Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Director, Pulmonary Clinical Immunology Lab
Medical Coordinator Bronchoscopy Service
Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rossman is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Milton D. Rossman

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2004 - 2008 and 2010 -2015

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14

Clinical Specialties


  • Medicine
    • Pulmonary Medicine

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Lung Cancer Program
  • Lung
    • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) and Sarcoidosis

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1975
  • Pulmonary Disease, 1978

Clinical Expertise:

  • beryllium disease
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Carcinoid Tumor
  • lung disease - occupational
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer

Description of Clinical Expertise

sarcoidosis, chronic beryllium disease, tuberculosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, hypersensistivity pneumonitis, collagne vascular disease associated pulmonary fibrosis.

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Harron Lung Center

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 1st Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-PENN (7366)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Philadelphia General Hospital
Residency: University Hospitals of Cleveland
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, National National Societies: American Thoracic Society, National National Societies: World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Rossman is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Research Interests

A primary goal of my research is to understand the mechanisms by which beryllium causes a chronic granulomatous disease. Several approaches to determining the mechanisms of beryllium granulomas are utilized. HLA Class II alleles in patients were identified and compared to exposed but unaffected workers. The alleles associated with beryllium disease and sensitization are being compared to the occupational history to see if gene-environmental relationships can be elicited.

A second goal of the research is to understand the granulomatous process in sarcoidosis. Lung specimens have been obtained and microbiome analysis performed to try to indentify organisms that might be involved in the etiology or natural course of sarcoidosis. In addition, analysis of proteome of the blood is taking place to try to identify signatures of particular phenotypes of sarcoidosis.

A third research goal is to utilize helium and zenon MRI to further understand the physiology of the lung and also to ultimately help diagnose and follow obstructive and interstitial lung disorders.

Selected Publications:

Rossman M. Thompson B. Frederick M. Cizman B. Magira E. Monos D: Sarcoidosis: association with human leukocyte antigen class II amino acid epitopes and interaction with environmental exposures Chest 121 (3 Suppl): 14S,2002.

Rosssman MD: Chronic beryllium disease: a hypersensitivity disorder Applied Occupational & Environmental Hygiene 16 (5): 615-18,2001.

Rossman, M.D., MacGregor, R.R.: Tuberculosis: Clinical Management and New Challenges : 1995.

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Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
827 West Gates Building
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3202
Fax: (215) 614-0869
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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