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Parizad Torabi-Parizi, MD
Assistant Clinical Investigator; Head, Code Blue Team & Rapid Response Team
Critical Care Medicine Department

Academic Degrees
MD, Emory University School of Medicine


Phone: 301-496-9320

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Parizad Torabi-Parizi, MD


Dr. Torabi-Parizi earned her undergraduate degree and degree in Medicine from Emory University. She completed her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Osler Training Program. Dr. Torabi-Parizi completed her fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at the NIH and was subsequently appointed as Staff Clinician in the Critical Care Medicine Department at the NIH in 2011. She became an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Critical Care Medicine Department in 2013. She also chairs the Clinical Center CPR committee.

Research interests

Dr. Torabi-Parizi is interested in understanding mechanisms of lung injury secondary to pulmonary infections by elucidating the nature and extent of the host's immune response. She has had a long-standing interest in innate immune cell and effector T cell behavior in peripheral tissues, mechanisms regulating this behavior, and possible interventions that might modulate effector responses to improve host outcomes, in the context of critical illness.

Honors and Awards

Recipient of the Clinical Center Director's Award, December 2015
Recipient of the NIH Director's Award, November 2015
Recipient of the Clinical Center Director's Award, December 2014
Recipient of the NIH Director's Award, July 2012
Recipient of the NIAID Merit Award, December 2011

Selected Publications


Ombrello M.J., Remmers E.F., Sun G., Freeman A.F., Datta S., Torabi-Parizi P., et al. Cold Urticaria, Immunodeficiency, and Autoimmunity Related to PLCG2 Deletions. New England Journal of Medicine; 2012 Jan 26; 366(4): 330-8.

Kastenmüller W.*, Torabi-Parizi P.*, Subramanian N., Lämmermann T., and Germain R.N. A spatially-organized multicellular innate immune response in lymph nodes limits systemic pathogen spread. Cell; 2012 Sep 14; 150(6): 1235-48.
*Equal 1st author contribution.

Torabi-Parizi P., Vrisekoop N., et al, and Germain R.N. Pathogen-related differences in the abundance of presented antigen dictate CD4+ T cell dynamic behavior and effector function in the lung. Journal of Immunology. 2014 Feb 15;192(4):1651-60

Honda T., Egen J.G., Lämmermann T., Kastenmüller W., Torabi-Parizi P., and Germain R.N. Tuning of antigen sensitivity by TCR-dependent negative feedback controls T cell effector function in inflamed tissues. Immunity. 2014 Feb 20;40(2):235-47.

Mandl J.N.*, Torabi-Parizi P.*, and Germain R.N. Visualization and Dynamic Analysis of Host-Pathogen Interactions. Current Opinion in Immunology. 2014 Apr 2;29C:8-15.
*Equal 1st author contribution.

Subramanian N., Torabi-Parizi P., Gottschalk R., Germain R.N., and Dutta B. Network representations of immune system complexity. Wiley Interdisciplinary Review Systems Biology Medicine. 2015 Jan 27. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.1288 [Epub ahead of print].

Gerner M.G., Torabi-Parizi P., and Germain R.N. Strategically localized dendritic cells promote rapid T cell responses to lymph-borne vaccines and pathogens. Immunity. 2015 Jan 20; 42(1):172-185.

Torabi-Parizi P., Davey R.T., Suffredini A.F., and Chertow D.S. Ethical and practical considerations in providing critical care to patients with Ebola virus disease. Chest. 2015 Mar 12. doi: 10.1378/chest.15-0278. [Epub ahead of print]

Torabi-Parizi P. Critical care management of two patients with Ebola: a biocontainment unit demystified. Critical Care Medicine. 2015 Jun; 43(6):1326-1327.

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