Richard C. Ahrens, MD

Professor of Pediatrics - Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary

Contact Information

Primary Office: E110-G GH
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin
MD, Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
MS, Clinical Pharmacology, University of Iowa

Fellow, NIH Research Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship, Internal Medicine, St Louis University Hospital
Resident, Pediatrics, St Louis University Hospital
Fellow, Allergy and Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Licensure and Certifications

American Board of Allergy
American Board of Pediatrics

Research Summary

My research involves the use of medications to treat lung disease in children including asthma and cystic fibrosis and to prevent lung damage in premature infants. Asthma and cystic fibrosis work focuses on how best to use inhaled drugs to minimize symptoms. Work with premature infants examines how to best use medications called glucocorticoids to improve the prognosis of these children. Research also involves both bench laboratory studies and clinical studies of human subjects.