Dr. Jeremy Beitler is a pulmonary intensivist and Director of Clinical Research for the Center for Acute Respiratory Failure at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. His NIH-funded research program focuses on optimizing mechanical ventilatory support for patients with acute respiratory failure, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The most effective proven therapy for ARDS is to limit the degree of lung stretch with each machine-supported breath. Yet, how best to personalize ventilatory support to each individual patient’s unique risk of lung injury is unclear. Dr. Beitler’s research seeks to address this gap by advancing understanding of the interaction between pulmonary biomechanics and lung biology.