Leah Witt, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address555 Mission Bay Blvd South, #A-6114
San Francisco CA 94158
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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
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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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. Ambulatory Blocks in Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Reprioritize Outpatient Medicine. ATS Sch. 2024 Jun 01; 5(2):227-230. Witt LJ, Heath JK. PMID: 38957488; PMCID: PMC11216296.
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    2. Examining the Longitudinal Relationship Between Olfactory Dysfunction and Frailty in Community-Dwelling, older US Adults. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2024 Jul; 171(1):261-268. Wang E, Wroblewski KE, McClintock MK, Witt LJ, Pinto JM. PMID: 38660882.
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    3. The National Prevalence of Supplemental Oxygen Use in Persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Comparison of Claims-based and Self-reported Supplemental Oxygen Use. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2024 Feb 08. Suen AO, Cenzer I, Iyer AS, Witt LJ, Smith AK, Kotwal A. PMID: 38330174.
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    4. Olfactory decline develops in parallel with frailty in older US adults with obstructive lung diseases. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2024 Apr; 14(4):819-827. Wang E, Wroblewski KE, McClintock MK, Pinto JM, Witt LJ. PMID: 37747949; PMCID: PMC10961252.
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    5. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Lung Cancer Screening: 2022 Update. J Am Coll Radiol. 2023 05; 20(5S):S94-S101. Expert Panel on Thoracic Imaging, Sandler KL, Henry TS, Amini A, Elojeimy S, Kelly AM, Kuzniewski CT, Lee E, Martin MD, Morris MF, Peterson NB, Raptis CA, Silvestri GA, Sirajuddin A, Tong BC, Wiener RS, Witt LJ, Donnelly EF. PMID: 37236754.
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    6. Clin-STAR corner: Recent practice-changing studies at the interface of pulmonary and critical care medicine and geriatrics. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 03; 71(3):705-710. Jain S, Witt LJ, Ferrante LE. PMID: 36536494; PMCID: PMC10023292.
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    7. Jane (or Dr Doe?) Will Reply to Your Patient Portal Message Now. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 10 03; 5(10):e2234883. Santhosh L, Witt L. PMID: 36197669.
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    8. Beyond the Lung: Geriatric Conditions Afflict Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Self-Reported Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Front Med (Lausanne). 2022; 9:814606. Witt LJ, Wroblewski KE, Pinto JM, Wang E, McClintock MK, Dale W, White SR, Press VG, Huisingh-Scheetz M. PMID: 35237627; PMCID: PMC8884078.
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    9. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. J Palliat Med. 2021 12; 24(12):1823-1832. Bischoff KE, Choi S, Su A, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Oettel E, Blachman M, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Witt L, Pantilat SZ, Shah RJ. PMID: 34115958.
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    10. Weak Handgrip at Index Admission for Acute Exacerbation of COPD Predicts All-Cause 30-Day Readmission. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021; 8:611989. Witt LJ, Spacht WA, Carey KA, Arora VM, White SR, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Press VG. PMID: 33898475; PMCID: PMC8058414.
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    11. TGF-β Promotes Metabolic Reprogramming in Lung Fibroblasts via mTORC1-dependent ATF4 Activation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2020 11; 63(5):601-612. O'Leary EM, Tian Y, Nigdelioglu R, Witt LJ, Cetin-Atalay R, Meliton AY, Woods PS, Kimmig LM, Sun KA, Gökalp GA, Mutlu GM, Hamanaka RB. PMID: 32668192; PMCID: PMC7605163.
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    12. Rationing Limited Healthcare Resources in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Ethical Considerations Regarding Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 06; 68(6):1143-1149. Farrell TW, Francis L, Brown T, Ferrante LE, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. PMID: 32374466; PMCID: PMC7267288.
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    13. AGS Position Statement: Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jun; 68(6):1136-1142. Farrell TW, Ferrante LE, Brown T, Francis L, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. PMID: 32374440; PMCID: PMC7267615.
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    14. Diaphragmatic Atrophy May Limit Progression of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 05 01; 201(9):e72-e73. Venado A, Witt LJ, Kallianos K, Wolters PJ. PMID: 31825660.
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    15. Respiratory Organ Aging and Cancer. . 2020 Jan 1; 215-244. Witt WL, Presley PC. .
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    16. Glutamine Metabolism Is Required for Collagen Protein Synthesis in Lung Fibroblasts. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2019 11; 61(5):597-606. Hamanaka RB, O'Leary EM, Witt LJ, Tian Y, Gökalp GA, Meliton AY, Dulin NO, Mutlu GM. PMID: 30973753; PMCID: PMC6827066.
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    17. Inhibition of Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Attenuates Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2018 05; 58(5):585-593. 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. PMID: 29019702; PMCID: PMC5946329.
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    18. 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. Oldham JM, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Chung JH, Lee C, Hsu S, Chen LW, Husain A, Montner S, Vij R, Strek ME, Noth I. PMID: 29422061; PMCID: PMC5806226.
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    19. Respiratory Organ Aging and Cancer. Geriatric Oncology. 2018 Jan 1; 1-30. Witt WL, Presley PC. .
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    20. Phenotypic Clusters Predict Outcomes in a Longitudinal Interstitial Lung Disease Cohort. Chest. 2018 02; 153(2):349-360. 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. PMID: 28964798; PMCID: PMC5815877.
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    21. HIF-1α is required for disturbed flow-induced metabolic reprogramming in human and porcine vascular endothelium. Elife. 2017 05 30; 6. 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. PMID: 28556776; PMCID: PMC5495571.
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    22. Interstitial Pneumonia With Autoimmune Features: Value of Histopathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 Jul; 141(7):960-969. Adegunsoye A, Oldham JM, Valenzi E, Lee C, Witt LJ, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME, Husain AN. PMID: 28467213; PMCID: PMC5554445.
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    23. Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-β Promotes de Novo Serine Synthesis for Collagen Production. J Biol Chem. 2016 12 30; 291(53):27239-27251. 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. PMID: 27836973; PMCID: PMC5207151.
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    24. Azathioprine response in patients with fibrotic connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease. Respir Med. 2016 12; 121:117-122. Oldham JM, Lee C, Valenzi E, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Hsu S, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME. PMID: 27888985; PMCID: PMC5134419.
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    25. No Exit: Identifying Avoidable Terminal Oncology Intensive Care Unit Hospitalizations. J Oncol Pract. 2016 10; 12(10):e901-e911. 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. PMID: 27601514; PMCID: PMC5063186.
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    26. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Antisynthetase Syndrome. Clin Pulm Med. 2016 Sep; 23(5):218-226. Witt LJ, Curran JJ, Strek ME. PMID: 27594777; PMCID: PMC5006392.
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    27. Characterisation of patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features. Eur Respir J. 2016 06; 47(6):1767-75. 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. PMID: 27103387; PMCID: PMC5515625.
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    28. Benefit of adjunctive tacrolimus in connective tissue disease-interstitial lung disease. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Feb; 36:46-52. Witt LJ, Demchuk C, Curran JJ, Strek ME. PMID: 26762710; PMCID: PMC4760686.
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    29. 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. 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, IPFnet Investigators. PMID: 26331942; PMCID: PMC4731723.
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    30. Safety and Efficacy of Tacrolimus in Connective Tissue Disease-Related Interstitial Lung Disease. CHEST Journal. 2013 Oct 1; 144(4):470a. Witt WL, Demchuk DC, Curran CJ, Strek SM. .
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