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photo John Evankovich III, MD

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical Director, UPMC Jameson ICU


Phone: 412-624-7441

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital
3459 Fifth Avenue, NW628
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-7441
Fax: 412-624-1670
Administrative Assistant:
Jackie Harden
Address: UPMC Montefiore Hospital
3459 Fifth Avenue, NW628
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-7441
Fax: 412-624-1670
Education and Training
MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2012
BS, Biotechnology and Biology, Gannon University, 2007
Fellow; Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2018
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2014
Research Interest
Dr. Evankovich studies the molecular biology of lung injury. His laboratory is interested in the intersection of three molecular systems in the innate immune system, and how they influence inflammation and cell death pathways in the lung. The molecular systems are Damage Associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs), DAMP Receptors, and the Ubiquitin/Proteasome System (UPS).
Dr. Evankovich's prior work has identified how several novel DAMP/DAMP receptor pairs are processed for disposal in the UPS, and how this process can be manipulated to change subsequent cellular responses. For damaging responses, increasing targeted DAMP receptor disposal through the UPS could lessen organ damage; likewise, for protective DAMP/DAMP receptor pairs, reducing disposal in the UPS could be therapeutic to reduce injury.
Teaming with the Small Molecule Therapeutics Center, Dr. Evankovich's future work aims to discover novel small molecules to disrupt these pathways and test in preclinical models of lung injury. He is also an Associate Member of the Aging Institute, where he focuses on the contribution of aging to innate immune responses in the lung.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Evankovich attends in the Medical Intensive Care Units at UPMC East and
UPMC Presbyterian, where he cares for critically-ill patients with respiratory
failure, sepsis, among others. He is particularly interested in the care of patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome - a form of respiratory failure with features of severe inflammation.
Educational Interest
Dr. Evankovich is active in bedside critical care and procedural educational
activities for housestaff in the UPMC Presbyterian and McKeesport Internal
Medicine Residency Programs.
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Selected Publications:
Evankovich J, Lear T, Baldwin C, Chen Y, White V, Villandre J, ...& Mallampalli RK. Toll-like receptor 8 stability is regulated by ring finger 216 in response to circulating microRNAs. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 2020; 62(2): 157-167.
Tong Y*, Lear TB*, Evankovich J*, Chen Y, Londino JD, Myerburg MM, ...& Lockwood KC. The RNFT2/IL-3Rá axis regulates IL-3 signaling and innate immunity. JCI Insight. 2020; 5(3).
Chen Y, Evankovich JW, Lear TB, Tuncer F, Kennerdell JR, Camarco DP, ...Chen BB. A small molecule NRF2 activator BC-1901S ameliorates inflammation through DCAF1/NRF2 axis. Redox Biology. 2020; 101485.
Evankovich J, Lear T, McKelvey A, Dunn S, Londino J, Liu Y, ...& Mallampalli RK. Receptor for advanced glycation end products is targeted by FBXO10 for ubiquitination and degradation. The FASEB Journal. 2017; 31(9): 3894-3903.
McKelvey AC, Lear TB, Dunn SR, Evankovich J, Londino JD, Bednash JS, ...& Chen BB. RING finger E3 ligase PPP1R11 regulates TLR2 signaling and innate immunity. Elive. 2016; 5: e18496.
Huang H, Chen HW, Evankovich J, Yan W, Rosborough BR, Nace GW, ...& Esmon CT. Histones activate the NLRP3 inflammasome in Kupffer cells during sterile inflammatory liver injury. The Journal of Immunology. 2013; 191(5): 2665-2679.
Evankovich J, Zhang R, Cardinal JS, Zhang L, Chen J, Huang H, ...& Tsung A. Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IV limits organ damage in hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury through induction of autophagy. American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. 2012; 303(2): G189-G198.
Huang H, Evankovich J, Yan W, Nace G, Zhang L, Ross M, ...& Tsung A. Endogenous histones function as alarmins in sterile inflammatory liver injury through Toll like receptor 9 in mice. Hepatology. 2011; 54(3): 999-1008.
Evankovich J, Cho SW, Zhang R, Cardinal J, Dhupar R, Zhang L, ...& Tsung A. High mobility group box 1 release from hepatocytes during ischemia and reperfusion injury is mediated by decreased histone deacetylase activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2010; 285(51): 39888-39897.
Evankovich J, Billiar T, Tsung A. Toll-like receptors in hepatic ischemia/reperfusion and transplantation. Gastroenterology Research and Practice. 2010.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Toll-Like Receptor 8 Degradation by E3-Ligase RNF216 Regulates Inflammation in Acute Lung Injury
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K08 HL144820
Start Year: 2019
End Year: 2023
Notable Achievements
Robert M. Rogers Award for Outstanding Scholars Achievement, 2018