Richard W. Light, M.D.


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Faculty Appointments
Professor of Medicine
M.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MarylandB.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
Office Address
T-1218 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN 37232
Light RW. What I have learned in the past 40 years. Clin. Chest Med. 2013 Mar; 34(1): xi. PMID: 23411064, PII: S0272-5231(13)00021-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccm.2013.01.002, ISSN: 1557-8216.

Light RW. The Light criteria: the beginning and why they are useful 40 years later. Clin. Chest Med [print-electronic]. 2013 Mar; 34(1): 21-6. PMID: 23411053, PII: S0272-5231(12)00124-4, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccm.2012.11.006, ISSN: 1557-8216.

Brixey AG, Luo Y, Skouras V, Awdankiewicz A, Light RW. The efficacy of chest radiographs in detecting parapneumonic effusions. Respirology. 2011 Aug; 16(6): 1000-4. PMID: 21651642, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2011.02006.x, ISSN: 1440-1843.

Brixey AG, Light RW. Pleural effusions occurring with right heart failure. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2011 Jul; 17(4): 226-31. PMID: 21623177, PII: 00063198-201107000-00004, DOI: 10.1097/MCP.0b013e32834702fb, ISSN: 1531-6971.

Luo YF, Robbins IM, Karatas M, Brixey AG, Rice TW, Light RW. Frequency of pleural effusions in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with connective tissue diseases. Chest [print-electronic]. 2011 Jul; 140(1): 42-7. PMID: 21212140, PII: chest.10-0227, DOI: 10.1378/chest.10-0227, ISSN: 1931-3543.

Sevin CM, Light RW. Microscopic anatomy of the pleura. Thorac Surg Clin. 2011 May; 21(2): 173-5, vii. PMID: 21477766, PII: S1547-4127(10)00186-6, DOI: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2010.12.003, ISSN: 1547-4127.

Light RW. Pleural controversy: optimal chest tube size for drainage. Respirology. 2011 Feb; 16(2): 244-8. PMID: 21166742, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01913.x, ISSN: 1440-1843.

Light RW. Pleural effusion in pulmonary embolism. Semin Respir Crit Care Med [print-electronic]. 2010 Dec; 31(6): 716-22. PMID: 21213203, DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1269832, ISSN: 1098-9048.

Al-Halfawy A, Light RW. Goose-skin Pleura: A Thoracoscopic Finding in a Case of Recurrent Undiagnosed Pleural Effusion. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2010 Oct; 17(4): 336-7. PMID: 23168956, PII: 01436970-201010000-00011, DOI: 10.1097/LBR.0b013e3181f2bb8d, ISSN: 1944-6586.

Brixey AG, Light RW. Pleural effusions due to dasatinib. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2010 Jul; 16(4): 351-6. PMID: 20375898, DOI: 10.1097/MCP.0b013e328338c486, ISSN: 1531-6971.

Light RW. Update on tuberculous pleural effusion. Respirology [print-electronic]. 2010 Apr; 15(3): 451-8. PMID: 20345583, PII: RES1723, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01723.x, ISSN: 1440-1843.

Tang KJ, Robbins IM, Light RW. Incidence of pleural effusions in idiopathic and familial pulmonary arterial hypertension patients. Chest [print-electronic]. 2009 Sep; 136(3): 688-93. PMID: 19395582, PII: chest.08-0659, DOI: 10.1378/chest.08-0659, ISSN: 1931-3543.

Girard TD, Kress JP, Fuchs BD, Thomason JW, Schweickert WD, Pun BT, Taichman DB, Dunn JG, Pohlman AS, Kinniry PA, Jackson JC, Canonico AE, Light RW, Shintani AK, Thompson JL, Gordon SM, Hall JB, Dittus RS, Bernard GR, Ely EW. Efficacy and safety of a paired sedation and ventilator weaning protocol for mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care (Awakening and Breathing Controlled trial): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2008 Jan 1/12/2008; 371(9607): 126-34. PMID: 18191684, PII: S0140-6736(08)60105-1, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60105-1, ISSN: 1474-547X.

Na MJ, Dikensoy O, Light RW. New trends in the diagnosis and treatment in parapneumonic effusion and empyema. Tuberk Toraks. 2008; 56(1): 113-20. PMID: 18330766, ISSN: 0494-1373.

Fremont RD, Milstone AP, Light RW, Ninan M. Chylothoraces after lung transplantation for lymphangioleiomyomatosis: review of the literature and utilization of a pleurovenous shunt. J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Sep; 26(9): 953-5. PMID: 17845935, PII: S1053-2498(07)00521-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2007.07.008, ISSN: 1557-3117.

Stashenko GJ, Robichaux A, Lee YC, Sanders JR, Roselli RJ, Light RW. Pleural fluid exchange in rabbits. Respirology. 2007 Jul; 12(4): 495-9. PMID: 17587414, PII: RES1098, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2007.01098.x, ISSN: 1323-7799.

Ely EW, Girard TD, Shintani AK, Jackson JC, Gordon SM, Thomason JW, Pun BT, Canonico AE, Light RW, Pandharipande P, Laskowitz DT. Apolipoprotein E4 polymorphism as a genetic predisposition to delirium in critically ill patients. Crit. Care Med. 2007 Jan; 35(1): 112-7. PMID: 17133176, DOI: 10.1097/01.CCM.0000251925.18961.CA, ISSN: 0090-3493.

Dikensoy O, Zhu Z, Na MJ, Liao H, Donnelly E, Light RW. Intrapleural heparin or heparin combined with human recombinant DNase is not effective in the treatment of empyema in a rabbit model. Respirology. 2006 Nov; 11(6): 755-60. PMID: 17052304, PII: RES934, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2006.00934.x, ISSN: 1323-7799.

Zhu Z, Hawthorne ML, Guo Y, Drake W, Bilaceroglu S, Misra HL, Light RW. Tissue plasminogen activator combined with human recombinant deoxyribonuclease is effective therapy for empyema in a rabbit model. Chest. 2006 Jun; 129(6): 1577-83. PMID: 16778278, PII: 129/6/1577, DOI: 10.1378/chest.129.6.1577, ISSN: 0012-3692.

Light RW. The undiagnosed pleural effusion. Clin. Chest Med. 2006 Jun; 27(2): 309-19. PMID: 16716820, PII: S0272-5231(05)00126-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccm.2005.12.002, ISSN: 0272-5231.

Rice TW, Rodriguez RM, Barnette R, Light RW. Prevalence and characteristics of pleural effusions in superior vena cava syndrome. Respirology. 2006 May; 11(3): 299-305. PMID: 16635088, PII: RES, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2006.00841.x, ISSN: 1323-7799.

Rice TW, Rodriguez RM, Light RW. The superior vena cava syndrome: clinical characteristics and evolving etiology. Medicine (Baltimore). 2006 Jan; 85(1): 37-42. PMID: 16523051, PII: 00005792-200601000-00003, DOI: 10.1097/, ISSN: 0025-7974.

Light RW. Parapneumonic effusions and empyema. Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2006; 3(1): 75-80. PMID: 16493154, PII: 3/1/75, DOI: 10.1513/pats.200510-113JH, ISSN: 1546-3222.