8861-Fulkerson, Zachary

Zachary Fulkerson, PhD, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

CL 285
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Fulkerson is a native of Western Kentucky and grew up in a small town.  After high school, he attended college at the University of Kentucky where he pursued degrees in chemistry and biology.  After college, he enrolled in medical school at the University of Kentucky in the MD-PhD program.  His graduate work largely centered around lysophosphatidic acid metabolism and platelet signaling.

After completing his PhD and MD, Dr. Fulkerson moved to Indianapolis with his wife and did residency training in internal medicine and subsequent fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care.

Dr. Fulkerson's clinical practice now is mostly centered at IU Health West Hospital in Avon, IN where he has a general pulmonary clinic and rounds regularly on the pulmonary consultation service and ICU.  He has remained involved in the pulmonary and critical care fellowship program through IU -- growing the fellowship program by extending clinical training to West Hospital.

Please visit Dr. Fulkerson's YouTube page to access his medical education videos including his video outlining waveform capnography, winner of the 2018 best video in the "Best of ATS Video Lecture Series."

Key Publications

Cochard E, Fulkerson Z, Carlos WG. Implementation of a point-of-care ultrasound skills practicum for hospitalists. Ultrasound. July 2018

Kutkut I, Vater L, Goldman M, Czader M, Swenberg J, Fulkerson Z, Mehta R. Thrombocytopenia and disseminated histoplasmosis in immunocompetent adults. Clin case reports. 2017;5(12):1954-1960.

Fulkerson Z, Wu T, Sunkara M, Kooi CV, Morris AJ, Smyth SS. Binding of autotaxin to integrins localizes lysophosphatidic acid production to platelets and mammalian cells. J Biol Chem. 2011;286(40).

Hausmann J, Kamtekar S, Christodoulou E, Day JE, Wu T, Fulkerson Z, et al. Structural basis of substrate. discrimination and integrin binding by autotaxin. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2011;18(2)

Morris AJ, Panchatcharam M, Cheng HY, Fulkerson Z, et al. Regulation of blood and vascular cell function by bioactive lysophospholipids. J Thromb Haemost. 2009;7(SUPPL. 1).

Pamuklar Z, Federico L, Liu S, Umezu-Goto M, Dong A, Panchatcharam M, Fulkerson Z, et al. Autotaxin/lysopholipase D and lysophosphatidic acid regulate murine hemostasis and thrombosis. J Biol Chem. 2009;284(11):7385-7394.

Titles & Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • MD
  • Education
    2019 FEL Indiana University
    2016 RES Indiana University
    2013 MD University of Kentucky
    2012 PhD University of Kentucky
    2006 BA&BS University of Kentucky
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
    American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Interests
    Aside from general pulmonary medicine, Dr. Fulkerson's clinical interests largely involve cardiopulmonary exercise testing as it pertains to undiagnosed dyspnea, heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and congenital heart disease.

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