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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 Settings

Hospital Medicine, 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

Education

1986
MD | University of the Philippines College of Medicine (Philippines)

1997
MPH | Harvard School of Public Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1995 - 06/30/1997
Fellowship in Epidemiology at Brigham & Womens Hospital

08/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at West Virginia University Hospitals

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1992
Residency in Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center-Downtown Campus

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Internship in Internal Medicine at Brooklyn Hospital Center-Downtown Campus

05/01/1986 - 04/30/1987
Internship at Philippine General Hospital (Philippines)

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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

8/9/2022
Eckhardt CM, Gambazza S, Bloomquist TR, De Hoff P, Vuppala A, Vokonas PS, Litonjua AA, Sparrow D, Parvez F, Laurent LC, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA, Wu H. "Extracellular Vesicle-Encapsulated microRNAs as Novel Biomarkers of Lung Health." American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine.. 2022 Aug 9; Epub 2022 Aug 09.

7/19/2022
Bekelman TA, Knapp EA, Dong Y, Dabelea D, Bastain TM, Breton CV, Carroll KN, Camargo CA, Davis AM, Dunlop AL, Elliott AJ, Ferrara A, Fry RC, Ganiban JM, Gilbert-Diamond D, Gilliland FD, Hedderson MM, Hipwell AE, Hockett CW, Huddleston KC, Karagas MR, Kelly N, Lai JS, Lester BM, Lucchini M, Melough MM, Mihalopoulos NL, O'Shea TM, Rundle AG, Stanford JB, VanBronkhorst S, Wright RJ, Zhao Q, Sauder KA, . "Sociodemographic Variation in Children's Health Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Childhood obesity.. 2022 Jul 19; Epub 2022 Jul 19.

2/20/2022
Lee-Sarwar K, Dedrick S, Momeni B, Kelly RS, Zeiger RS, O'Connor GT, Sandel MT, Bacharier LB, Beigelman A, Laranjo N, Gold DR, Lasky-Su J, Litonjua AA, Liu YY, Weiss ST. "Association of the Gut Microbiome and Metabolome with Wheeze Frequency in Childhood Asthma." The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology.. 2022 Feb 20; Epub 2022 Feb 20.

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
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

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

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