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Stuart M. Brooks

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Stuart Merrill Brooks is an American pulmonary doctor who is credited[1] for discovering and researching Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)[2] to describe an asthma-like syndrome developing after a single exposure to high levels of an irritating vapor, fume, or smoke.[3] It involves coughing, wheezing, and dyspnea.[4] Dr Brooks received the highest honor in occupational and environmental medicine, the Knudsen Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field. Dr Brooks was honored for his exemplary efforts in starting the first occupational medicine residency in Florida in 1982.

He currently practices in Tampa at the Greystone Professional Park, and is an Emeritus Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa Fl.[5]

He is married to Dena (Varney) Brooks and has 4 children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Stuart M. Brooks". occupationalasthma.com.
  2. ^ Brooks, S.M.; Weiss, M.A.; Bernstein, I.L. (1985). "Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS): persistent asthma syndrome after high level irritant exposures". Chest. 88 (3): 376–384. doi:10.1378/chest.88.3.376. PMID 4028848. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  3. ^ Fahy, John V.; O'Byrne, Paul M. (March 2001). ""Reactive Airways Disease": A Lazy Term of Uncertain Meaning That Should Be Abandoned". American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 163 (4): 822–823. doi:10.1164/ajrccm.163.4.2005049. PMID 11282751. Retrieved 2007-04-22.
  4. ^ "reactive airways dysfunction syndrome" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  5. ^ "Stuart Brooks University of South Florida: Physicians Group MD". wellness.com.