Having joined MD Anderson in 2009 as an associate professor, Ost has served in his current position since 2014. He also serves as director of clinical research in Pulmonary Medicine.
In describing his philosophy on education, Ost defers to American historian Daniel J. Boorstin, who famously said, “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.”
At MD Anderson, Ost serves as chair of the Division of Internal Medicine Research Committee and was vice chair of the former Division of Medicine Research Committee. He also serves on the Faculty Senate, Clinical Research Advisory Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and Conflict of Interest Committee.
As an educator, Ost taught an interventional pulmonology course from 2008 to 2013, and he has served as the advisor for more than 10 fellows, medical students and summer students. In addition, he supervises the rotation of pulmonary fellows on consult services. He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including the annual meetings of the American College of Chest Physicians, where he presented “Diagnosis and Staging of the Mediastinum in Lung Cancer: Evidence Basis, Practice Patterns, and Outcomes” in 2010 and “Engaging an Interdisciplinary Team for NSCLC Diagnosis, Personalized Assessment, and Treatment (GAIN)” in 2011.
Ost has published nearly 80 peer-reviewed articles; 36 invited articles; and numerous other articles, book chapters and editorials. He has co-authored two books, Respiratory Emergencies (Hodder Arnold, 2006) and Diagnosis and Management of Pneumonia and Other Respiratory Infections (Professional Communications, 1999). He has served as an editor and reviewer on several journals, including Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews.
Before joining MD Anderson, Ost served as an associate professor of medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His appointments in New York included serving in administrative director roles at NYU Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and North Shore University Hospital.
Ost completed his bachelor of science degree at Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College. Before medical school, he took part in summer fellowships in molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health. In 2005, he earned a master of public health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. His postgraduate training included a clinical internship at University Hospital in Chicago, a clinical residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago and a clinical fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Northwestern.
The MD Anderson Faculty Educator of the Month program, sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, recognizes MD Anderson faculty members who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.