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Leah Witt, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Northwestern University, Evanston, ILBA06/2007Anthropology, Global Health
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MNMD05/2011Medicine
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL06/2014Internal Medicine Residency
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL06/2017Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship
    University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA06/2018Geriatrics Fellowship
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    University of Minnesota2010Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

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    My current duties are divided between Geriatrics, Pulmonary Medicine, and my leadership of a partnership with the San Francisco International Airport to promote aging-friendly travel. At the UCSF Center for Geriatric Care, a dedicated ambulatory geriatrics practice located in San Francisco, I am the leader of a new outpatient Geriatric consult service and also see primary care patients. At the UCSF Pulmonary Faculty Practice, I see patients in an Interstitial Lung Disease subspecialty clinic and a General Pulmonary Medicine Clinic. I frequently see patients using telehealth technology.

    I am committed to a career in interprofessional geriatrics and pulmonary clinical education as demonstrated by my teaching efforts. For second-year medical students, I lead small groups on various geriatrics topics during their Life Stages geriatrics block each year. I frequently work with clinical residents and fellows in clinical teaching settings at the UCSF Center for Geriatrics and in the UCSF Pulmonary Faculty Practice. I am also a leader in The Curbsiders, a widely distributed and highly impactful Internal Medicine podcast sponsored by the American College of Physicians (ACP) with episodes downloaded over 3 million times by health professionals across the globe.

    My long-term goal as a Pulmonologist and Geriatrician is to improve wellbeing for patients with chronic lung disease by integrating the physiologic management of chronic lung disease with attention to psychosocial factors, such as mobility, cognition, and social connection, that impact quality of life.

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    1. Hamanaka RB, O'Leary EM, Witt LJ, Tian Y, Gökalp GA, Meliton AY, Dulin NO, Mutlu GM. Glutamine Metabolism is Required for Collagen Protein Synthesis in Lung Fibroblasts. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 Apr 11. PMID: 30973753.
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    2. Hamanaka RB, Nigdelioglu R, Meliton AY, Tian Y, Witt LJ, O'Leary E, Sun KA, Woods PS, Wu D, Ansbro B, Ard S, Rohde JM, Dulin NO, Guzy RD, Mutlu GM. Inhibition of Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Attenuates Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2018 May; 58(5):585-593. PMID: 29019702.
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    3. Oldham JM, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Chung JH, Lee C, Hsu S, Chen LW, Husain A, Montner S, Vij R, Strek ME, Noth I. N-acetylcysteine exposure is associated with improved survival in anti-nuclear antibody seropositive patients with usual interstitial pneumonia. BMC Pulm Med. 2018 Feb 08; 18(1):30. PMID: 29422061.
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    4. Adegunsoye A, Oldham JM, Chung JH, Montner SM, Lee C, Witt LJ, Stahlbaum D, Bermea RS, Chen LW, Hsu S, Husain AN, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME, Churpek M. Phenotypic Clusters Predict Outcomes in a Longitudinal Interstitial Lung Disease Cohort. Chest. 2018 Feb; 153(2):349-360. PMID: 28964798.
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    5. Wu D, Huang RT, Hamanaka RB, Krause M, Oh MJ, Kuo CH, Nigdelioglu R, Meliton AY, Witt L, Dai G, Civelek M, Prabhakar NR, Fang Y, Mutlu GM. HIF-1a is required for disturbed flow-induced metabolic reprogramming in human and porcine vascular endothelium. Elife. 2017 05 30; 6. PMID: 28556776.
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    6. Adegunsoye A, Oldham JM, Valenzi E, Lee C, Witt LJ, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME, Husain AN. Interstitial Pneumonia With Autoimmune Features: Value of Histopathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 Jul; 141(7):960-969. PMID: 28467213.
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    7. Nigdelioglu R, Hamanaka RB, Meliton AY, O'Leary E, Witt LJ, Cho T, Sun K, Bonham C, Wu D, Woods PS, Husain AN, Wolfgeher D, Dulin NO, Chandel NS, Mutlu GM. Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-ß Promotes de Novo Serine Synthesis for Collagen Production. J Biol Chem. 2016 12 30; 291(53):27239-27251. PMID: 27836973.
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    8. Oldham JM, Lee C, Valenzi E, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Hsu S, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME. Azathioprine response in patients with fibrotic connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease. Respir Med. 2016 12; 121:117-122. PMID: 27888985.
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    9. Daly B, Hantel A, Wroblewski K, Balachandran JS, Chow S, DeBoer R, Fleming GF, Hahn OM, Kline J, Liu H, Patel BK, Verma A, Witt LJ, Fukui M, Kumar A, Howell MD, Polite BN. No Exit: Identifying Avoidable Terminal Oncology Intensive Care Unit Hospitalizations. J Oncol Pract. 2016 10; 12(10):e901-e911. PMID: 27601514.
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    10. Witt LJ, Curran JJ, Strek ME. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Antisynthetase Syndrome. Clin Pulm Med. 2016 Sep; 23(5):218-226. PMID: 27594777.
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    11. Oldham JM, Adegunsoye A, Valenzi E, Lee C, Witt L, Chen L, Husain AN, Montner S, Chung JH, Cottin V, Fischer A, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME. Characterisation of patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features. Eur Respir J. 2016 06; 47(6):1767-75. PMID: 27103387.
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    12. Witt LJ, Demchuk C, Curran JJ, Strek ME. Benefit of adjunctive tacrolimus in connective tissue disease-interstitial lung disease. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Feb; 36:46-52. PMID: 26762710.
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    13. Oldham JM, Ma SF, Martinez FJ, Anstrom KJ, Raghu G, Schwartz DA, Valenzi E, Witt L, Lee C, Vij R, Huang Y, Strek ME, Noth I. TOLLIP, MUC5B, and the Response to N-Acetylcysteine among Individuals with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Dec 15; 192(12):1475-82. PMID: 26331942.
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