Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH

  • Division Director, Pulmonology, Niels K. Jerne Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Human Genetics

Celedón is the Niels K. Jerne Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Pulmonology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  He is also a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Human Genetics. His research goals are to identify genetic and environmental determinants of airway diseases, particularly in racial and ethnic minorities.

Celedón leads NIH-funded projects on the “omics” and epidemiology of asthma and has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications. Celedón obtained his medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá (Colombia). He served an Internship in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Hospital (New York Medical College, NY), a residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York) and a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at Brown University Hospitals (Providence, RI). Following his clinical training, Celedón completed a Research Fellowship in Respiratory Diseases at the Channing Laboratory of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, while also obtaining a doctoral degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Celedón’s work as a physician-scientist has been recognized by organizations and institutions in the U.S. and abroad. In appreciation of his scientific contributions, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Pediatric Society, and the Association of American Physicians. He has received the Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovations in Health Equality, and the John M. Peters Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS). In 2020, Celedón became the first Latino and the first faculty member from the University of Pittsburgh to serve as ATS President since the society was founded in 1905.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Thoracic Society, 1993-Present
    • President, 2020-2021
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors, 2010-Present
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Fellow, 2009-Present
  • World Allergy Organization, 2009-Present
  • Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology, 2002-Present
  • American Society of Human Genetics, 2002-Present
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 1994-1995 
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow, 1992-Present
  • American College of Physicians, Fellow, 1989-Present
  • Colombian Council on Smoking and Health, 1986-1989

Education & Training

  • MD, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Medicine, 1988
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 1999
  • DrPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2001
  • Internship in Medicine, Lincoln Hospital, New York Medical College, 1989-1990
  • Residency in Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1990-1992
  • Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine, 1992-1995
  • Research/Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1997-1999
  • Research Fellow in Medicine, Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 1999-2000

Selected Publications

Gaston B, Laguna T, Noah T, Hagood J, Voynow J, Ferkol T, Hershenson M, Boyne K, Deleceris A, Ross K, Gozal D, Celedón JC, Abman S, Moore P, Davis S, Cornfield D, Murphy T. A proposal for addressing the needs of the pediatric pulmonary work force. Pediatr Pulmonol 2020; In Press.

Landeo-Gutiérrez J, Forno E, Miller G, Celedón JC. Exposure to violence, physchocial Stress, and asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2020; 201 (8): 917-22.

Stevens E, Rosser F, Forno E, Peden D, Celedón JC. Can the effects of outdoor air pollution on asthma be mitigated. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2019; 143(6):2016-18.

Rosas-Salazar C, Celedón JC. Eliminating health disparities in asthma: are we at the end of the beginning? Annals Asthma Allergy Immunol 2019; 123(1):3-5.

Forno E, Celedón JC. Epigenomics and transcriptomics in the prediction and diagnosis of childhood asthma: are we there yet? Frontiers Pediatr 2019; 7:115.

Hersh C, Adcock I, Celedón JC, Cho M, Christiani D, Himes B, Kaminski N, Mathias R, Meyers D, Quackenbush J, Redline S, Steiling K, Tabor H, Tobin M, Wurfel M, Yang I, Koppelman G, on behalf of the American Thoracic Section on Genetics and Genomics. High throughput sequencing in respiratory, critical care, and sleep medicine: An official American Thoracic Society Workshop Report. Annals Am Thorac Soc 2019; 16(1):1-16.

Roman J, Viegi G, Schenker M, Ojeda V, Perez-Stable E, Nemery B, Annesi-Maesano I, Patel S, La Grutta S, Holguin F, Moughrabieh A, Bime C, Lindberg A, Migliori G, de Vries G, Ramirez J, Aliberti S, Feldman C, Celedón JC. An American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society Workshop Report: Research needs on respiratory health in migrant and refugee populations. Annals Am Thorac Soc 2018; 15 (11):1247-55.

Forno E, Celedón JC. The challenge of asthma and obesity. Barcelona Respiratory Network Reviews 2018; 4:70-83.

Diaz A, Celli B, Celedón JC. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Hispanics: a 9-year update. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2018; 197(1):15-21.

Gold D, Adamkiewicz G, Arshad S, Celedón JC, Chapman M, Chew G, Cook D, Custovic A, Gehring U, Gern J, Johnson C, Kennedy S, Koutrakis P, Leaderer B, Litonjua A, Mueller G, O’Connor G, Ownby D, Phipatanakul W, Persky V, Perzanowski M, Ramsey C, Salo P, Schwaninger J, Sordillo J, Spira A, Suglia S, Togias A, Zeldin D, Matsui E. NIAID, NIEHS, NHLBI, MCAN Workshop Report: The Indoor Environment and Childhood Asthma: Implications for Home Environmental Intervention in Asthma Prevention and Management. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2017; 140(4):933-949.

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

2R01 HL117191, Epigenetic Variation and Childhood Asthma in Puerto Ricans, 2017-2021, NIH/NHLBI, $2,959,687

U01 HL119952, Vitamin D to Prevent Severe Asthma Exacerbations in High-Risk Children, 2015-2020, NIH/NHLBI, 3,523,3855

R01 MD011764, Exposure to violence, epigenetic variation and asthma in Puerto Rican children, 2017-2021, NIH/NIMHD, 1,386,589

1 T32 HL129949, Pittsburgh Training Grant in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, 2016-2021, NIH/NHLBI, $1,377,924

U01 OH010401, Pulmonary Diseases in WTC Workers: Symptoms, Function, and Chest CT Correlates, 2017-2021, NIOSH/CDC

U01AI87881, Nasal microRNA during bronchitis and age 6y asthma phenotypes: MARC-35 cohort, 2016-2021, NIH/NIAID

UG3 OD023253, Airway microbiome and age 6y asthma phenotypes in 2 diverse multicenter cohorts, 2016-2023, NIH/NIAID

K12 HD052892, Molecular basis of pediatric disease training program, 2017-2022, NIH/NICHHD