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Director, Asthma Center

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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"I enjoy working with children and their families, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than to help a child control their asthma symptoms so they can be the best version of themselves."

My Biography & Research


As a lung specialist, I care for children who wheeze early in their lives and those with severe asthma. I enjoy working with children and their families, and nothing gives me more satisfaction than to help a child control their asthma symptoms so they can be the best version of themselves.

My approach is to listen carefully to the child's story, make sure that I understand it accurately, and ask clarifying questions. Then, working as a team with the child and family, we develop an effective management plan that the family feels comfortable initiating. We reassess how well the child is doing as a team to decide whether to continue that plan or adapt it to improve the child's life.

I have over 20 years of experience in treating children with pulmonary diseases, interpreting lung function and imaging studies, and participating in National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded, multicenter clinical trials. These trials seek ways to prevent asthma in preschool children and to improve asthma management in older children. I direct the Asthma Center at Cincinnati Children’s, and I am passionate about learning how to prevent or reverse asthma and how to manage it better once it develops.

I have served as chair or member of several national committees, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society. I have also been on the steering committees of several NIH-sponsored, multicenter clinical networks that design and conduct asthma research studies in children.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, boating and traveling with my family. I am also a Pilates and yoga enthusiast.

Clinical Interests

Preschool wheezing; difficult-to-control asthma

Research Interests

Early life risk factors, exposures, and environment interactions; early childhood asthma; recurrent wheezing; clinical electronic medical data

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Function, Asthma

Research Divisions

Pulmonary Medicine

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My Education

MD: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1992.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO.

MS: Epidemiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2007.

My Publications

Structural lung abnormalities on computed tomography correlate with asthma inflammation in bronchoscopic alveolar lavage fluid. Roach, DJ; Ruangnapa, K; Fleck, RJ; Rattan, MS; Hossain, MM; Guilbert, TW; Woods, JC. Journal of Asthma (Informa). 2020; 57:968-979.

Heterogeneity of Mild to Moderate Persistent Asthma in Children: Confirmation by Latent Class Analysis and Association with 1-Year Outcomes. Fitzpatrick, AM; Bacharier, LB; Jackson, DJ; Szefler, SJ; Beigelman, A; Cabana, M; Covar, R; Guilbert, T; Holguin, F; Lemanske, RF; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice. 2020; 8:2617-2627.e4.

Effect of Vitamin D3Supplementation on Severe Asthma Exacerbations in Children with Asthma and Low Vitamin D Levels: The VDKA Randomized Clinical Trial. Forno, E; Bacharier, LB; Phipatanakul, W; Guilbert, TW; Cabana, MD; Ross, K; Covar, R; Gern, JE; Rosser, FJ; Blatter, J; et al. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2020; 324:752-760.

Systematic Review of Digital Interventions for Pediatric Asthma Management. Ramsey, RR; Plevinsky, JM; Kollin, SR; Gibler, RC; Guilbert, TW; Hommel, KA. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice. 2020; 8:1284-1293.

Telehealth delivery of adherence and medication management system improves outcomes in inner-city children with asthma. Lin, NY; Ramsey, RR; Miller, JL; McDowell, KM; Zhang, N; Hommel, K; Guilbert, TW. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020; 55:858-865.

Modeling Asthma Exacerbations from Electronic Health Records. Cobian, A; Abbott, M; Sood, A; Sverchkov, Y; Hanrahan, L; Guilbert, T; Craven, M. AMIA Joint Summits on Translational Science proceedings AMIA Summit on Translational Science. 2020; 2020:98-107.

Stepwise Pharmacological Approach to Severe Childhood Asthma. St. Onge, I; McDowell, KM; Guilbert, TW. In: Forno E; Saglani S, Ed. Severe Asthma in Children and Adolescents: Mechanisms and Management. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2020.

Diagnosis of Asthma in Infants and Children. Guilbert, TW; Lemanske, RF; Jackson, DJ. In: Burks AW; Holgate S; O'Hehir R; Bacharier L; Broide D; Hershey GK; Peebles RS, Ed. Middleton's Allergy: Principles and Practice: Eighth Edition. Philadepphia: Elsevier; 2019.

A Systematic Evaluation of Asthma Management Apps Examining Behavior Change Techniques. Ramsey, RR; Caromody, JK; Voorhees, SE; Warning, A; Cushing, CC; Guilbert, TW; Hommel, KA; Fedele, DA. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology-In Practice. 2019; 7:2583-2591.

Examination of the uses, needs, and preferences for health technology use in adolescents with asthma. Ramsey, RR; Carmody, JK; Holbein, CE; Guilbert, TW; Hommel, KA. Journal of Asthma (Informa). 2019; 56:964-972.