Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, CPNP, MSCR
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Director - Asthma Clinical Research Program, Emory University School of Medicine
Division of Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep
I am a pioneer in the field of personalized treatment for pediatric asthma. I have more than 90 publications in the field of asthma, and have served as principal investigator in numerous NIH-funded studies. My research has established that pediatric asthma is more heterogeneous than previously thought, leading to varied responses to one-size-fits-all treatment approaches. I advocate for pediatric asthma patients and for “personalized” or “precision” medicine, a new model of diagnosis and treatment, through my roles in national and international organizations. My work on biomarker identification is leading to new and more effective ways to manage treatment-resistant pediatric severe asthma, which can improve healthcare outcomes and decrease healthcare costs.
My work spans bench to bedside and from classroom to conference room, with regional, national, and international impact. I founded and direct the Asthma Clinical Research Program at Emory University School of Medicine, where I lead an interdisciplinary team in conducting clinical trials. I am currently a member of the Coordinating Committee of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. In this role, I am overseeing revisions to current asthma treatment guidelines that will be utilized by physicians across the United States. Internationally, I serve on the World Allergy Organization’s Asthma committee as well as a joint American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Task Force on Severe Asthma. For my expertise, I have been chosen to serve on editorial boards of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice, the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. In these varied roles, I have expanded clinicians and research scientists’ understanding of pediatric asthma etiology, diagnosis and treatment.