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Robert C. Strunk, MD

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

Board Certifications

Allergy and Immunology
Pediatrics

Hospital Affiliations

St. Louis Children's Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

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

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Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Office Phone: 314-454-2694

Education

Education

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

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Practice Variation in Management of Childhood Asthma Is Associated with Outcome Differences.
Garbutt JM, Yan Y, Strunk RC
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Jan 20; pii: S2213-2198(15)00786-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2015.12.011.

PMID:
    26868727
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Effect of Prenatal Supplementation With Vitamin D on Asthma or Recurrent Wheezing in Offspring by Age 3 Years: The VDAART Randomized Clinical Trial.
Litonjua AA, Carey VJ, Laranjo N, Harshfield BJ, McElrath TF, O'Connor GT, Sandel M, Iverson RE Jr, Lee-Paritz A, Strunk RC, Bacharier LB, Macones GA, Zeiger RS, Schatz M, Hollis BW, Hornsby E, Hawrylowicz C, Wu AC, Weiss ST
JAMA. 2016 Jan 26; 315(4)362-70. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.18589.

PMID:
    26813209
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Expression Quantitative Trait Loci Information Improves Predictive Modeling of Disease Relevance of Non-Coding Genetic Variation.
Croteau-Chonka DC, Rogers AJ, Raj T, McGeachie MJ, Qiu W, Ziniti JP, Stubbs BJ, Liang L, Martinez FD, Strunk RC, Lemanske RF Jr, Liu AH, Stranger BE, Carey VJ, Raby BA
PLoS One. 2015; 10(10)e0140758. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140758.

PMID:
    26474488
    [PubMed - in process]
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The metabolomics of asthma control: a promising link between genetics and disease.
McGeachie MJ, Dahlin A, Qiu W, Croteau-Chonka DC, Savage J, Wu AC, Wan ES, Sordillo JE, Al-Garawi A, Martinez FD, Strunk RC, Lemanske RF Jr, Liu AH, Raby BA, Weiss S, Clish CB, Lasky-Su JA
Immun Inflamm Dis. 2015 Sep; 3(3)224-38. doi: 10.1002/iid3.61.

PMID:
    26421150
    [PubMed]
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Parental Use of Electronic Cigarettes.
Garbutt JM, Miller W, Dodd S, Bobenhouse N, Sterkel R, Strunk RC
Acad Pediatr. 2015 Nov-Dec; 15(6)599-604. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.06.013.

PMID:
    26306662
    [PubMed - in process]
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Low forced expiratory volume is associated with earlier death in sickle cell anemia.
Kassim AA, Payne AB, Rodeghier M, Macklin EA, Strunk RC, DeBaun MR
Blood. 2015 Sep 24; 126(13)1544-50. doi: 10.1182/blood-2015-05-644435.

PMID:
    26261241
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Airway Obstruction Worsens in Young Adults with Asthma Who Become Obese.
Strunk RC, Colvin R, Bacharier LB, Fuhlbrigge A, Forno E, Arbelaez AM, Tantisira KG, Childhood Asthma Management Program Research Group
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Sep-Oct; 3(5)765-71.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2015.05.009.

PMID:
    26164807
    [PubMed - in process]
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Increased circulating fibrocytes are associated with higher reticulocyte percent in children with sickle cell anemia.
Karafin MS, Dogra S, Rodeghier M, Burdick M, Mehrad B, Rose CE, Strieter RM, DeBaun MR, Strunk RC, Field JJ
Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016 Mar; 51(3)295-9. doi: 10.1002/ppul.23248.

PMID:
    26130026
    [PubMed - in process]
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Stress and Bronchodilator Response in Children with Asthma.
Brehm JM, Ramratnam SK, Tse SM, Croteau-Chonka DC, Pino-Yanes M, Rosas-Salazar C, Litonjua AA, Raby BA, Boutaoui N, Han YY, Chen W, Forno E, Marsland AL, Nugent NR, Eng C, Colón-Semidey A, Alvarez M, Acosta-Pérez E, Spear ML, Martinez FD, Avila L, Weiss ST, Soto-Quiros M, Ober C, Nicolae DL, Barnes KC, Lemanske RF Jr, Strunk RC, Liu A, London SJ, Gilliland F, Sleiman P, March M, Hakonarson H, Duan QL, Kolls JK, Fritz GK, Hu D, Fani N, Stevens JS, Almli LM, Burchard EG, Shin J, McQuaid EL, Ressler K, Canino G, Celedón JC
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Jul 1; 192(1)47-56. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201501-0037OC.

PMID:
    25918834
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Markers of Differential Response to Inhaled Corticosteroid Treatment Among Children with Mild Persistent Asthma.
Gerald JK, Gerald LB, Vasquez MM, Morgan WJ, Boehmer SJ, Lemanske RF Jr, Mauger DT, Strunk RC, Szefler SJ, Zeiger RS, Bacharier LB, Bade E, Covar RA, Guilbert TW, Heidarian-Raissy H, Kelly HW, Malka-Rais J, Sorkness CA, Taussig LM, Chinchilli VM, Martinez FD
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Jul-Aug; 3(4)540-6.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2015.01.023.

PMID:
    25783161
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Peer training to improve parenting and childhood asthma management skills: a pilot study.
Garbutt JM, Sylvia S, Rook S, Schmandt M, Ruby-Ziegler C, Luby J, Strunk RC
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Feb; 114(2)148-9. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2014.10.023.

PMID:
    25524747
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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A cluster-randomized trial shows telephone peer coaching for parents reduces children's asthma morbidity.
Garbutt JM, Yan Y, Highstein G, Strunk RC
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 May; 135(5)1163-70.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.09.033.

PMID:
    25445827
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Wheezing is common in children with sickle cell disease when compared with controls.
Galadanci NA, Liang WH, Galadanci AA, Aliyu MH, Jibir BW, Karaye IM, Inusa BP, Vermund SH, Strunk RC, DeBaun MR
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 Jan; 37(1)16-9. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000239.

PMID:
    25197776
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Obstructive sleep apnea and sickle cell anemia.
Rosen CL, Debaun MR, Strunk RC, Redline S, Seicean S, Craven DI, Gavlak JC, Wilkey O, Inusa B, Roberts I, Goodpaster RL, Malow B, Rodeghier M, Kirkham FJ
Pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 134(2)273-81. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-4223.

PMID:
    25022740
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Opportunities to reduce children's excessive consumption of calories from beverages.
Rader RK, Mullen KB, Sterkel R, Strunk RC, Garbutt JM
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Oct; 53(11)1047-54. doi: 10.1177/0009922814540989.

PMID:
    24990366
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Classification of childhood asthma phenotypes and long-term clinical responses to inhaled anti-inflammatory medications.
Howrylak JA, Fuhlbrigge AL, Strunk RC, Zeiger RS, Weiss ST, Raby BA, Childhood Asthma Management Program Research Group
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 May; 133(5)1289-300, 1300.e1-12.

PMID:
    24892144
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Eczema and race as combined determinants for differential response to step-up asthma therapy.
Malka J, Mauger DT, Covar R, Rabinovitch N, Lemanske RF Jr, Spahn JD, Strunk RC, Zeiger RS, Morgan WJ, Szefler SJ
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Aug; 134(2)483-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.03.039.

PMID:
    24835502
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Using parental perceptions of childhood allergic rhinitis to inform primary care management.
Garbutt JM, Sterkel R, Mullen KB, Conlon B, Leege E, Bloomberg G, Strunk RC
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Jul; 53(8)758-63. doi: 10.1177/0009922814533590.

PMID:
    24803628
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The association between vitamin D status and the rate of exacerbations requiring oral corticosteroids in preschool children with recurrent wheezing.
Beigelman A, Zeiger RS, Mauger D, Strunk RC, Jackson DJ, Martinez FD, Morgan WJ, Covar R, Szefler SJ, Taussig LM, Bacharier LB, Childhood Asthma Research and Education (CARE) Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 May; 133(5)1489-92, 1492.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2014.02.024.

PMID:
    24698320
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Vitamin D Antenatal Asthma Reduction Trial (VDAART): rationale, design, and methods of a randomized, controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy for the primary prevention of asthma and allergies in children.
Litonjua AA, Lange NE, Carey VJ, Brown S, Laranjo N, Harshfield BJ, O'Connor GT, Sandel M, Strunk RC, Bacharier LB, Zeiger RS, Schatz M, Hollis BW, Weiss ST
Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 May; 38(1)37-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2014.02.006.

PMID:
    24614387
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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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.