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Robert C. Strunk, MD

Current Position
Donald Strominger Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Allergy
Pediatric Asthma
Pediatric Immunology
Cystic Fibrosis
Pediatric Pulmonary Disease

Patients Seen At
St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite C, 2nd Floor
St. Louis, MO  63110
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8116
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Asthma in children, outcome of asthma from childhood to adult, allergy and lung diseases, immunology

Areas of Research Interest
Dr. Strunk's research focuses on outcomes of childhood asthma, including a long-term interest in fatal asthma. Current efforts are focused on the Childhood Asthma Management Program, for which he is Director of the St. Louis Center, Chairman of the Steering Committee, and member of the Executive Committee, two NIH grants to define mechanisms of delivery of care to asthmatic children with economic disadvantage, and the Pediatric Asthma Clinical Research Network, the Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network, for which he is the Director of the St. Louis Center. This network conducts a series of clinical trials in the area of pediatric asthma. He is also involved in the study of the role of asthma as a co-morbid condition in the outcomes of children with sickle cell disease.

Board Certification
Allergy and Immunology -- Certified
Pediatrics -- Certified

Medical Education
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Fellowship: Allergy and Immunology, Boston's Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Medical Degree: Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 1968
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2003-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)
Listed in America's Top Doctors, 2002-2012 (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.)

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Garbutt JM, Mandrell KM, Sterkel R, Epstein J, Stahl K, Kreusser K, Sitrin H, Ariza A, Reis EC, Siegel R, Pascoe J, Strunk RC. Pediatric Providers' Attitudes Toward Retail Clinics. J Pediatr. 2013 Jun 27.

Beigelman A, King TS, Mauger D, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Kelly HW, Martinez FD, Lemanske RF Jr, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Jackson DJ, Guilbert T, Covar R, Bacharier LB; Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Do oral corticosteroids reduce the severity of acute lower respiratory tract illnesses in preschool children with recurrent wheezing? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jun;131(6):1518-1525.e14.

Beigelman A, Strunk RC, Garbutt JM, Schechtman KB, Jaenicke MW, Stein JS, Bacharier LB. Clinical and laboratory factors associated with negative oral food challenges. Allergy Asthma Proc. 2012 Nov-Dec;33(6):467-73.

Lehmann GC, Bell TR, Kirkham FJ, Gavlak JC, Ferguson TF, Strunk RC, Austin P, Rosen CL, Marshall MJ, Wilkey O, Rodeghier MJ, Warner JO, DeBaun MR. Enuresis associated with sleep disordered breathing in children with sickle cell anemia. J Urol. 2012 Oct;188(4 Suppl):1572-6.

Kelly HW, Sternberg AL, Lescher R, Fuhlbrigge AL, Williams P, Zeiger RS, Raissy HH, Van Natta ML, Tonascia J, Strunk RC; CAMP Research Group. Effect of inhaled glucocorticoids in childhood on adult height. N Engl J Med. 2012 Sep 6;367(10):904-12.

Garbutt JM, Leege E, Sterkel R, Gentry S, Wallendorf M, Strunk RC. What are parents worried about? Health problems and health concerns for children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Sep;51(9):840-7.

Bacharier LB, Cohen R, Schweiger T, Yin-Declue H, Christie C, Zheng J, Schechtman KB, Strunk RC, Castro M. Determinants of asthma after severe respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012 Jul;130(1):91-100.e3.

Garbutt JM, Leege E, Sterkel R, Gentry S, Strunk RC. Providing depression care in the medical home: what can we learn from attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Jul 1;166(7):672-3.

Jackson TC, Krauss MJ, Debaun MR, Strunk RC, Arbeláez AM. Vitamin D deficiency and comorbidities in children with sickle cell anemia. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Apr;29(3):261-6.

Garbutt JM, Highstein G, Yan Y, Strunk RC. Partner randomized controlled trial: study protocol and coaching intervention. BMC Pediatr. 2012 Apr 2;12:42.

Kirby J, Bonner R, Lum S, Bates P, Morgan V, Strunk RC, Kirkham F, Sonnappa S, Stocks J. Interpretation of pediatric lung function: Impact of ethnicity. Ped Pulmonol 2012.

Himes BE, Jiang X, Hu R, Wu AC, Lasky-Su JA, et al. (2012) Genome-Wide Association Analysis in Asthma Subjects Identifies SPATS2L as a Novel Bronchodilator Response Gene. PLoS Genet 8(7): e1002824.

Nelson, KA, Highstein G, Garbutt J, Trinkaus K, Smith SR, Strunk RC.Factors associated with attaining coaching goals during an intervention to improve child asthma care. Contemp Clin Trial

Anim SO, Strunk RC, DeBaun MR. Asthma morbidity and treatment in children with sickle cell disease. Expert Rev Respir Med. 2011 Oct;5(5):635-45.

Ross JG, Bernaudin F, Strunk RC, Kamdem A, Arnaud C, Hervé M, Delacourt C, DeBaun MR. Asthma is a distinct comorbid condition in children with sickle cell anemia with elevated total and allergen-specific IgE levels. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Jul;33(5):e205-8.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Robert C. Strunk.

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