Joshua Blatter, M.D., M.P.H.  blatter@wustl.edu

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine
Researcher, Patient Oriented Research Unit
Patient Oriented Research UnitAllergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2694

Clinical Interests

Dr. Blatter received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and earned his M.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). He did his training in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), where he also completed his fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology. During his fellowship, Dr. Blatter earned a master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research has focused on elucidating links between environment, genetics, and chronic respiratory disease. He has examined the effect of nutrition, including folate status, on asthma severity. Dr. Blatter has also evaluated the respiratory impact of house dust exposures, including both common allergens and pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). In addition, he has studied gene-by-environment interactions in psychosocial stress and asthma, identifying genetic markers that may contribute to stress susceptibility among children with asthma. His work on environment and respiratory disease was supported in part by a training grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Throughout his training, Dr. Blatter has pursued clinical interests in pediatric pulmonary transplant medicine, attending the American Society of Transplantation (AST) Fellows Symposium. He is the Associate Director of the Washington University Pediatric Lung Transplantation Center. His recent research is focused on identifying factors that influence lung transplant outcomes in children.

Education

  • BA, Macalester College1996
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine2008
  • MPH, University of Pittsburgh2014

Training

  • Pediatric Intern, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC2008 - 2009
  • Pediatric Resident, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC2009 - 2011
  • Pediatric Pulmonology Fellow, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC2011 - 2014

Licensure and Board Certification

  • PA, Medical License 2011
  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics 2011
  • MO, Medical License 2014
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology 2014

Honors

  • Marin General Hospital Volunteers Scholarship2004 - 2005
  • Dr. and Mrs. William Townsend Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine2004 - 2006
  • Dr. Thomas E. Cadman Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine2005 - 2008
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society2006 - 2007
  • Charles Louis Wood, M.D., Award for excellence in ambulatory pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine2007 - 2008
  • A. Vincent Londino Teaching Award for resident education, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh2010 - 2011
  • Department of Pediatrics-Sponsored Tuition Scholarship for Public Health Training, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh2011 - 2014
  • First-Year Fellow of the Year Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh2011 - 2012
  • American Society of Transplantation Fellows Symposium Travel Award2013 - 2013

Recent Publications view all (10)


  1. Anellovirus loads are associated with outcomes in pediatric lung transplantation. Pediatric Transplantation. 2017;(In Press). 
  2. Hard to swallow? Dysmotility, reflux and chronic lung allograft dysfunction in pediatric lung transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017;36(8):835-836. PMID:28389169 
  3. Folate Deficiency, Atopy, and Severe Asthma Exacerbations in Puerto Rican Children. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016;13(2):223-30. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201508-549OC  PMID:26561879 
  4. Lung Transplantation in Cystic Fibrosis: Trends and Controversies. Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2015;28(4):237-243. doi:10.1089/ped.2015.0564  PMCID:PMC4685492  PMID:26697265 
  5. Mouse allergen exposure and decreased risk of allergic rhinitis in school-aged children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2014;113(6):614-618.e2. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2014.09.007  PMCID:PMC4256145  PMID:25304339 
  6. Fungal exposure, atopy, and asthma exacerbations in Puerto Rican children. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014;11(6):925-32. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201402-077OC  PMID:24915164 
  7. Underdiagnosis of allergic rhinitis in underserved children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.03.028  PMID:24797420 
  8. Diet and asthma: vitamins and methyl donors. Lancet Respir Med. 2013;1(10):813-22. doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(13)70126-7  PMCID:PMC3904132  PMID:24461761 
  9. Perioperative respiratory management of pediatric patients with neuromuscular disease. Paediatr Anaesth. 2013;23(9):770-6. doi:10.1111/pan.12214  PMID:23763308 
  10. Folate and asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013;188(1):12-7. doi:10.1164/rccm.201302-0317PP  PMCID:PMC3735241  PMID:23650899 
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