Henri G. Colt M.D., FCCP, FAWM

Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of California, Irvine
Tel: 619-770-9990
Email: henricolt@gmail.com

Dr. Colt left a successful academic practice to pursue his passions: global medical education, mountaineering/rock climbing, and writing. An accomplished author of popular medical texts, he recently published two collections of short stories and is working on a third. He lectures widely on education philosophies, the role of film for teaching medical ethics, grief, and minimally invasive pulmonary procedures. In the last six years, he conducted more than 30 Train-the-Train programs for experienced medical educators in twenty-five countries.

Henri was originally recruited to the University of California, Irvine in 2002 from the University of California San Diego where he was Professor of Medicine and Director of interventional pulmonary services at UCSD-La Jolla. Previously, Dr. Colt worked at the Laser Center of the University of Marseille, France. He is educated in the United States (University of Pittsburgh Affiliated Hospitals, Oregon Health Sciences University), and Europe (University of Nice, France). His background is multicultural; he speaks several languages and has practiced medicine in Europe, the United States, and Africa.

Listed annually in Best Doctors in America since 1996, as well as in Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Doctors, Dr. Colt has authored almost 300 peer-reviewed original research articles, book chapters, textbooks, and review papers. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Bronchology, is a writer and section editor for the popular UpToDate in Pulmonary Medicine, and was on the editorial board or reviewer’s list of numerous medical journals, including Faculty 1000. Dr. Colt was Chairman of the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, President of the American Association for Bronchology, Regent of the American College of Chest Physicians, and served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Lung Cancer Support and Education (ALCASE). He was an official development consultant to the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA) in Tianjin, China, a nominee for the Global Genes Achievement Award, and Chairman of the European nonprofit World Bronchology Foundation. His work in education prompted numerous honorary memberships in medical societies as well as the prestigious San Jose de San Martin award from the South American Association for Bronchology, the Killian and Dumon awards from the World Asociation for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and leadership awards from the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, the United States, Argentina, and others. He is also a certified mediator, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (Wilderness Medical Society), and a Medical Ethicist (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Dr. Colt is an internationally recognized authority in pulmonary endoscopic procedures. He has lectured internationally on the use of novel endoscopic and optical surgical technologies including laser resection, thoracoscopy, and palliative cancer treatments. In Medical Ethics he addresses religion, philosophy, psychology, ethics, humanitarian service, and palliative/end-of-life care. His current interests are in the medical applications of artificial intelligence, interventional pulmonology,  education, and all things related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Today, Dr. Colt’s mission is to replace aging educational paradigms and to provide a uniform, multidimensional, competency-based curriculum freely accessible to airway specialists around the world regardless of where they practice. He is the founder of the open-access Bronchoscopy International (bronchoscopy.org), an international group of experts dedicated to training medical educators (part of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Foundation for the Advancement of Medicine). Dr. Colt lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Selected recent publications

  1. Khemasuwan D, Sorenson JS, Colt HG. Artificial intelligence in pulmonary medicine: computer vision, predictive model, and COVID-19. Eur Respir Rev 2020:29:200181; https://doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0181-2020
  2. Lentz RJ, Colt HG, Chen H et al. Assessing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission to healthcare personnel: The global ACT-HCP case-control study. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiol 2020;1-7. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.455.
  3. Sabbath BF and Colt HG. Sending retirees to the frontlines. J Community Hosp Internal Med Perspectives 2020;10 (5);386-388.
  4. Mulrennan S and Colt HG. Medical information and social media in the time of COVID-19. Respirology 2020;25:578-579.
  5. Colt HG and Williamson J. Training in interventional pulmonology: what we have learned and a way forward. Respirology 2020;1-10.doi: 10.1111/resp.13846.
  6. Ismael Matus and Colt HG. Pleural catheter fracture during IPC removal. J Bronchol 2020: in press.

Published books

  1. Colt HG, Mathur PN. Manual of Pleural Procedures. Lippincott-Williams and Wilkins publishers, Philadelphia 1999.
  2. Colt HG, Jones V. Breast Cancer-related Lung Disease: a guide for patients living with advanced breast cancer. San Diego Prepress, San Diego, CA 2001.
  3. Colt HG. The Essential Bronchoscopist Series. Web-based self-learning guides (English with abundant translations 2018 onward. Rake press pubs.
  4. Lee P, Colt HG. Flex-Rigid Pleuroscopy Step-By-Step. CMP Medica, Asia, Singapore 2005.
  5. Colt HG, Quadrelli S, and Friedman L eds. The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies. Oxford University press pubs 2011.
  6. Colt HG and Murgu S. Bronchoscopy and Central Airway Disorders: A patient-centered approach. Elsevier 2012.