Erick Forno, MD, MPH, ATSF

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Co-Director, Severe Asthma Program
  • Scholar, R.K. Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research
  • Fellow, American Thoracic Society

Erick Forno, MD, MPH, is pediatric pulmonologist at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Forno’s overarching research interest is the epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and the genomics of asthma. He isparticularly focused on the effects of obesity and adiposity on childhood asthma.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 2003–2012, 2014–2015 
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS), 2006–Present  
  • American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), 2007–Present  
  • Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), 2013–Present  
  • European Respiratory Society (ERS), 2018–Present 
  • Latin American Thoracic Society (ALAT), 2019–Present 

Education & Training

  • MD, Universidad Cayetano Heredia, 2001
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2009
  • Residency in General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Denver, 2003-2006
  • Residency in Pediatric Pulmonology, Children’s Hospital Boston, 2006-2009
  • Research Fellowship, Channing Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, 2007-2009

Selected Publications

Forno E, Zhang R, Jiang Y, Kim S, Yan Q, Ren Z, Han Y, Boutaoui N, Rosser F, Weeks D, Acosta-Pérez E, Colón-Semidey A, Alvarez M, Canino G, Chen W, Celedón JC. Transcriptome-wide and differential expression network analyses of childhood asthma in nasal epithelium. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Feb 20 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32088307. PubMed Central: In process. 

Lu KD, Forno E, Radom-Aizik S, Cooper DM. Low fitness and increased sedentary time are associated with worse asthma – the National Youth Fitness Survey. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Feb 10 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32040886. PubMed Central: In process. 

Reiter J, Gileles-Hillel A, Choen-Cymberknoh M, Rosen D, Kerem E, Gozal D, Forno E. Sleep disorders in cystic fibrosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sleep Med Rev. 2020 [Accepted Jan 24]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2020.101279 

Han YY, Forno E, Rosser F, Celedón JC. Serum folate metabolites, asthma, and lung function in a nationwide US study. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Feb 1 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 32018028. PubMed Central: In process. 

Okoniewski W, Hughan KS, Weiner GA, Weiner DJ, Forno E. Glycemic control and FEV1 recovery during pulmonary exacerbations in pediatric cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. J Cyst Fibros. 2020 Jan 21 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31980357. PubMed Central: In process. 

Qi C, Jiang Y, Yang IV, Forno E, Wang T, Vonk JM, Gehring U, Smit HA, Milanzi EB, Carpaij OA, Berg M, Hesse L, Brouwer S, Cardwell J, Vermeulen CJ, Acosta-Perez E, Canino G, Boutaoui N, van den Berge M, Teichman SA, Nawijn MC, Chen W, Celedón JC, Xu CJ, Koppelman GH. Nasal DNA methylation profilin of asthma and rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Jan 14 [Epud ahead of print]. PMID: 31953105. PubMed Central: In process. 

Rosser F, Forno E, Kurland KS, Han YY, Mair C, Acosta-Perez E, Canino G, Celedón JC. Annual SO2 exposure, asthma, atopy, and lung function in Puerto Rican children. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Feb; 55(2): 330-337. PMID: 31805225. PubMed Central: In process. 

Han YY, Rosser F, Forno E, Celedón JC. Electronic vapor products, marijuana use, smoking and asthma in US adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019 Dec 9 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31830488. PubMed Central: In process. 

Henkel M, Partyka J, Gregory AD, Forno E, Cho MH, Eddens T, Tout AR, Salamacha N, Hirsch R, Celedón JC, Shapiro SD, Kolls JK, Campfield BT. Follistatin-like 1 attenuation causes spontaneous smoke-resistant pulmonary emphysema. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Dec 13 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31834999. 

Kim S, Forno E, Yan Q, Jiang Y, Rong Z, Boutaoui N, Canino G, Chen W, Celedón JC. SNPs identified by GWAS affect asthma risk through DNA methylation and expression of cis-genes in airway epithelium. Eur Respir J. 2019 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31831581. PubMed Central: In process. 

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Research Grants

R01 HL149693, Obesity and Childhood Asthma: The Role of Adipose Tissue, 2020-2025, NIH / NHLBI

R01 MD011764-01, Exposure to violence, epigenetic variation and asthma in Puerto Rican children, 2017-2021, NIH/NIMHD  

U01 HL119952-05, Vitamin D to Prevent Severe Asthma Exacerbations in High-Risk Children, 2015-2020, NIH/NHLBI