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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

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

Increased risk of severe vaso-occlusive episodes after initial acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell anemia less than 4 years old: Sleep and asthma cohort.
Vance LD, Rodeghier M, Cohen RT, Rosen CL, Kirkham FJ, Strunk RC, DeBaun MR
Am J Hematol. 2015 May; 90(5)371-5. doi: 10.1002/ajh.23959.

PMID:
    25619382
    [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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Factors predicting future ACS episodes in children with sickle cell anemia.
DeBaun MR, Rodeghier M, Cohen R, Kirkham FJ, Rosen CL, Roberts I, Cooper B, Stocks J, Wilkey O, Inusa B, Warner JO, Strunk RC
Am J Hematol. 2014 Nov; 89(11)E212-7. doi: 10.1002/ajh.23819.

PMID:
    25088663
    [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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Primary care visits for asthma monitoring over time and association with acute asthma visits for urban Medicaid-insured children.
Nelson KA, Garbutt JM, Wallendorf MJ, Trinkaus KM, Strunk RC
J Asthma. 2014 Nov; 51(9)907-12. doi: 10.3109/02770903.2014.927483.

PMID:
    24894745
    [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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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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Nonrespiratory symptoms before loss of asthma control in children.
Newton LP, Osei-Akosa Y, Strunk RC, Krauss M, Bacharier LB, Garbutt JM, Rivera-Spoljaric K
J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013 May-Jun; 1(3)304-6.e1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2013.01.012.

PMID:
    24565492
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Wheezing symptoms and parental asthma are associated with a physician diagnosis of asthma in children with sickle cell anemia.
Strunk RC, Cohen RT, Cooper BP, Rodeghier M, Kirkham FJ, Warner JO, Stocks J, Kirkby J, Roberts I, Rosen CL, Craven DI, DeBaun MR, Sleep Asthma Cohort Investigative Team
J Pediatr. 2014 Apr; 164(4)821-826.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.11.034.

PMID:
    24388323
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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ITGB5 and AGFG1 variants are associated with severity of airway responsiveness.
Himes BE, Qiu W, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Szefler SJ, Lemanske RF Jr, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Martinez FD, Boushey H, Chinchilli VM, Israel E, Mauger D, Koppelman GH, Nieuwenhuis MA, Postma DS, Vonk JM, Rafaels N, Hansel NN, Barnes K, Raby B, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST
BMC Med Genet. 2013 Aug 28; 1486. doi: 10.1186/1471-2350-14-86.

PMID:
    23984888
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Parents' experiences with pediatric care at retail clinics.
Garbutt JM, Mandrell KM, Allen M, Sterkel R, Epstein J, Kreusser K, O'Neil J, Sayre B, Sitrin H, Stahl K, Strunk RC
JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Sep; 167(9)845-50.

PMID:
    23877236
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Use of factor analysis models to evaluate measurement invariance property of the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ).
Yan Y, Wu W, Strunk RC, Garbutt J
Qual Life Res. 2014 Mar; 23(2)509-13. doi: 10.1007/s11136-013-0474-x.

PMID:
    23868459
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Pediatric providers' attitudes toward retail clinics.
Garbutt JM, Mandrell KM, Sterkel R, Epstein J, Stahl K, Kreusser K, Sitrin H, Ariza A, Reis EC, Siegel R, Pascoe J, Strunk RC
J Pediatr. 2013 Nov; 163(5)1384-8.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.05.008.

PMID:
    23810720
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Environmental tobacco smoke and airway obstruction in children with sickle cell anemia.
Cohen RT, Strunk RC, Field JJ, Rosen CL, Kirkham FJ, Redline S, Stocks J, Rodeghier MJ, DeBaun MR
Chest. 2013 Oct; 144(4)1323-9. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-1569.

PMID:
    23681054
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Do oral corticosteroids reduce the severity of acute lower respiratory tract illnesses in preschool children with recurrent wheezing?
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 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jun; 131(6)1518-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2013.01.034.

PMID:
    23498594
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Integration of mouse and human genome-wide association data identifies KCNIP4 as an asthma gene.
Himes BE, Sheppard K, Berndt A, Leme AS, Myers RA, Gignoux CR, Levin AM, Gauderman WJ, Yang JJ, Mathias RA, Romieu I, Torgerson DG, Roth LA, Huntsman S, Eng C, Klanderman B, Ziniti J, Senter-Sylvia J, Szefler SJ, Lemanske RF Jr, Zeiger RS, Strunk RC, Martinez FD, Boushey H, Chinchilli VM, Israel E, Mauger D, Koppelman GH, Postma DS, Nieuwenhuis MA, Vonk JM, Lima JJ, Irvin CG, Peters SP, Kubo M, Tamari M, Nakamura Y, Litonjua AA, Tantisira KG, Raby BA, Bleecker ER, Meyers DA, London SJ, Barnes KC, Gilliland FD, Williams LK, Burchard EG, Nicolae DL, Ober C, DeMeo DL, Silverman EK, Paigen B, Churchill G, Shapiro SD, Weiss ST
PLoS One. 2013; 8(2)e56179. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056179.

PMID:
    23457522
    [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.