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Augusto A. Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-2464

Fax: (585) 275-8706

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Pediatrics

Biography

Dr. Litonjua is interested in the management of asthma patients and how to better prevent asthma exacerbations. As part of this, the use of biologics and specific nutrients hold promise in the treatment of these patients.

Research

Dr. Litonjua's research primarily deals with investigating factors that both increase and decrease the risk of developing asthma, wheezing, and allergic disorders in childhood. As part of this, he has investigated a broad range of prenatal and early life exposures including maternal diet, exposure to allergens, exposure to early life environment (e.g. pets, daycare attendance, air pollution, etc). He co-led a clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy to prevent asthma in the offspring.

He has an interest in identifying genetic and epigenetic marks that affect asthma development and is also working on the interaction between these genetic and epigenetic factors and environmental exposures on the development of asthma and allergies.

Dr. Litonjua has begun to examine the role of the gut microbiome and the environmental microbiome in early life on the development of asthma and allergies in children.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Critical Care Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

1982
Bachelor's of Science, Cum Laude | University of the Philippines,
Psychology

1986
MD | University of the Philippines, College of Medicine
Medicine

1997
MPH | Harvard School of Public Health
Clinical Effectiveness

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

7/1/1995 - 6/30/1997
Fellowship in Epidemiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital

8/1/1992 - 6/30/1995
Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at West Virginia University School of Medicine

7/1/1989 - 6/30/1992
Residency in Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center

7/1/1988 - 6/30/1989
Internship in Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center

5/1/1986 - 4/30/1987
Internship in at University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital

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Awards

2018 - Present
American Thoracic Society Fellow
Sponsor: American Thoracic Society

2015
Elected to membership of the American Pediatric Society

2011
Outstanding Researcher – University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society, Annual Homecoming,
Location: Makati, Philippines

2011
Outstanding Achievement in Research – University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America, Annual Grand Convention,
Location: Washinton, DC

1999 - Present
Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
Sponsor: American College of Chest Physicians

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/11/2019
Laubach ZM, Perng W, Cardenas A, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, DeMeo D, Litonjua AA, Duca RC, Godderis L, Baccarelli A, Hivert MF. "Socioeconomic status and DNA methylation from birth through mid-childhood: a prospective study in Project Viva." Epigenomics.. 2019 Sep 11; Epub 2019 Sep 11.

2/14/2019
den Dekker HT, Burrows K, Felix JF, Salas LA, Nedeljkovic I, Yao J, Rifas-Shiman SL, Ruiz-Arenas C, Amin N, Bustamante M, DeMeo DL, John Henderson A, Howe CG, Hivert MF, Arfan Ikram M, de Jongste JC, Lahousse L, Mandaviya PR, van Meurs JB, Pinart M, Sharp GC, Stolk L, Uitterlinden AG, Anto JM, Litonjua AA, Breton CV, Brusselle GG, Sunyer J, Smith GD, Relton CL, Jaddoe VWV, Duijts L. "Newborn DNA-methylation, childhood lung function, and the risks of asthma and COPD across the life course." The European respiratory journal.. 2019 Feb 14; Epub 2019 Feb 14.

2/6/2019
Peng C, Cardenas A, Rifas-Shiman SL, Hivert MF, Gold DR, Platts-Mills TA, Lin X, Oken E, Avila L, Celedón JC, Weiss ST, Baccarelli AA, Litonjua AA, DeMeo DL. "Epigenetic age acceleration is associated with allergy and asthma in children in Project Viva." The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology.. 2019 Feb 6; Epub 2019 Feb 06.

Books & Chapters

2015
Chapter Title: Asthma: Epidemiology
Book Title: Fishman's Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
Author List: Litonjua AA, Apter A, Weiss ST
Edited By: Grippi M, Elias J, Fishman J, Kotloff R, Pack A, Senior R
Published By: McGraw-Hill 2015 in New York

2012
Chapter Title: The role of vitamin D in the development, exacerbation, and severity of asthma and allergic diseases
Book Title: Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations
Author List: Litonjua AA
Edited By: Litonjua AA
Published By: Humana Press 2012 in New York

2012
Book Title: Vitamin D and the Lung: Mechanisms and Disease Associations. Humana Press: New York, 2012.
Author List: Litonjua AA (Editor)
Published By: Humana Press 2012 in New York

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