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Mona Luke-Zeitoun, MD

TitleAssistant Clinical Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
Address521 Parnassus Ave, Clinic Sci
San Francisco CA 94143
Phone415-476-2072
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    Lungenliga Zurich, Research Award
    Centre d'Allergie Suisse, Research Award
    Theodor und Ida Herzog-Egli Stiftung, Research Award
    Societe Suisse de Medecine du Sport, Research Award
    International University Sports Federation, Young Investigator Award
    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Clinical Fellowship Training Award
    NIH Departmental T32 Award, Fellowship Training Award
    Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Research Award
    American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Sports Medicine Endowment, Research Award
    NIH Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program, Scholar Award
    CHEST Foundation, California Chapter Clinical Research Award

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    Dr. Mona Luke-Zeitoun is a pediatric pulmonologist in the Pediatric Pulmonary Division and the Pediatric and Congenital Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory. She specializes in the evaluation and management of exercise problems, such as shortness of breath, in young athletes and children with various medical conditions. Early recognition of airway diseases in athletes is essential in preventing distress, decreased performance and long-term damage to airways. Luke-Zeitoun's goal is to help young athletes and chronically ill children exercise safely, optimize their performance and improve the prognosis of their underlying conditions.

    Luke-Zeitoun's research focuses on the mechanisms of exercise-induced asthma in athletes and the effectiveness of exercise interventions in children with chronic disease. Recent research demonstrates the diagnostic and therapeutic benefits of exercise for chronic medical conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease, bowel disease, arthritis and cancer.

    Luke-Zeitoun completed a medical degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, followed by a scholarship at the Children's Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Subsequently, she completed a residency in pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and pediatric pulmonary fellowship at UCSF, where she is a clinical instructor in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology.

    Luke-Zeitoun is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians, among other professional organizations. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including the International University Sports Federation Young Researcher Award, the Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program Scholar Award, and the CHEST Foundation California Chapter Clinical Research/Medical Education Award. Luke-Zeitoun speaks German, French and Italian.


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    1. Henderson GC, Krauss RM, Fattor JA, Faghihnia N, Luke-Zeitoun M, Brooks GA. Plasma triglyceride concentrations are rapidly reduced following individual bouts of endurance exercise in women. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Jul; 109(4):721-30. PMID: 20217117; PMCID: PMC2883923.
    2. Henderson GC, Fattor JA, Horning MA, Faghihnia N, Johnson ML, Luke-Zeitoun M, Brooks GA. Glucoregulation is more precise in women than in men during postexercise recovery. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Jun; 87(6):1686-94. PMID: 18541557.
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    3. Henderson GC, Fattor JA, Horning MA, Faghihnia N, Johnson ML, Mau TL, Luke-Zeitoun M, Brooks GA. Lipolysis and fatty acid metabolism in men and women during the postexercise recovery period. J Physiol. 2007 Nov 1; 584(Pt 3):963-81. PMID: 17855762; PMCID: PMC2277001.
    4. Henderson GC, Fattor JA, Horning MA, Faghihnia N, Luke-Zeitoun M, Brooks GA. Retention of intravenously infused [13C]bicarbonate is transiently increased during recovery from hard exercise. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2007 Nov; 103(5):1604-12. PMID: 17702837.
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    5. Knöpfli BH, Luke-Zeitoun M, von Duvillard SP, Burki A, Bachlechner C, Keller H. High incidence of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in triathletes of the Swiss national team. Br J Sports Med. 2007 Aug; 41(8):486-91; discussion 491. PMID: 17237120; PMCID: PMC2465447.
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