Kristina M. Gaietto, MD

  • Clinical Instructor

Kristina M. Gaietto, MD, is a Pediatric Pulmonology Fellow at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Gaietto grew up in northwest Ohio and attended Miami University, where she graduated with a BS in Zoology and BA in Political Science, minoring in Middle East and Islamic Studies. She earned her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, then completed her pediatrics residency training at Children's Hospital. She will begin her third year of Pulmonology Fellowship in July 2021.

Gaietto has been selected as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. She is being funded by an NIH T32 grant in the Division of Pulmonology, which sponsors her research on the relationship between violence-related stress and asthma outcomes in Puerto Rican children under the mentorship of Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH. This grant also funds Kristina’s studies as she pursues a Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Fellow Biographical Details


Tiffin, Ohio

College or Medical School

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Research Project
  • Impact of violence-related stress on lung function in Puerto Rican children
  • COVID-19 presentation and outcomes in children with and without asthma
  • Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-induced interstitial lung disease in children 
Career and Research Interests

Research track versus clinician educator track in pediatric pulmonology

Research Project Mentor
Hobbies and Interests

Cooking, craft beer, European travel and art museums

Personal Biography

Kristina's husband is a Radiation Oncologist at AHN. They have a rescue dog named Hambone.

Travel Interests and Languages

I love visiting Europe - thus far I've been to Ireland, Iceland, England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

"Likes" about UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

I love my co-workers, patients, and the atmosphere here. It is a wonderful, supportive place to work and learn.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Thoracic Society, 2019-Present 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow, 2016-Present 
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2015-Present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2012-Present

Education & Training

  • BA, Zoology & Political Science, Miami University, 2012
  • MD, University of Cincinnati, 2016
  • Residency in Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2016-2019

Selected Publications

Shaffer RC, Pedapati EV, Shic F, Gaietto K, Bowers K, Wink LK, Ericson CA. Brief Report: Diminished Gaze Preference for Dynamic Social Interaction Scenes in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord. Feb 2017; 47 (2): 506-513.  

Gaietto KM, Rumschlag SL, Boone MD. Effects of Pesticide Exposure and the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus on Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) Metamorphosis. Environ Toxicol Chem. Oct 2014; 33 (10): 2358-62.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Pediatric asthma
  • Violence-related stress
  • Underserved children

Research Grants

T32HL129949, National Institutes of Health, 2020-2022.

Medical Student Scholars Program in Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2013.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Grant, Miami University, 2011.

Stevenson Fund Research Grant, Miami University, 2011.