Frank Schembri, M.D.

Faculty and Fellows

Assistant Professor of Medicine

BU Profile for Dr. Schembri

Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Internship: Boston University Medical Center
Residency: Boston University Medical Center
Fellowship: Boston University Medical Center

Special Interests:


  • Early diagnosis of lung cancer using airway gene expression patterns
  • MicroRNA changes in the airway with smoking and lung cancer


  • Thoracic oncology clinic
  • Ultrasound use in the ICU
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

Dr. Schembri’s research focuses on using airway gene expression as a diagnostic tool for lung cancer. He has previously been involved in Pulmonary Center research examining the mRNA response to smoking in airway epithelial cells obtained at the time of bronchoscopy. In the past year he has explored whether changes in messenger RNA in smokers can be explained by microRNA. This small class of regulatory molecules has been implicated as playing roles in development, response to cellular stress, and cancer. With some encouraging data showing that large numbers of microRNA change with smoking, he is currently exploring the downstream target effects of these microRNA.
Consistent with his research on lung cancer, he sees patients in Thoracic Oncology Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic involves pulmonology, thoracic surgery, oncology and radiation oncology. He also acts as Director of the Pulmonary Interventional Service , which ultilizes 3 department-owned ultrasound machines to perform most of the bedside procedures in the ICU and on the medical wards. He has also done some additional training in transthoracic and endobronchial ultrasound use.

Selected Publications:

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Dr. Schembri sees patients at in Boston Medical Center ‘s Tuberculosis Clinic as well as in Boston Medical Center ‘s Thoracic Oncology Center (617-638-5600)