Dr. Pittman graduated from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) in 1998, and earned her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) in 2004. She received her training in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital (University of Washington Pediatrics Residency, Seattle, WA) from 2004 - 2007 before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) for her fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology (2007 - 2011), where she also received a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology (2009). Dr. Pittman remained on faculty at the University of North Carolina as an Assistant Professor and served as Director of the Infant and Preschool Pulmonary Function Laboratory from 2011 to 2013 before joining the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (WUSM) in 2014, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. Her roles at Washington University School of Medicine include Medical Director of the St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) Pulmonary Function Laboratory (2014 - ), Co-Director of the WUSM/SLCH Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center (2016 - ), Associate Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the WUSM/SLCH Pediatric Residency Program (2018 - ), Coach for the WUSM Gateway Curriculum (2020 - ), and DEI Faculty Leader through the WUSM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2020 -).
Dr. Pittman's clinical interests include early childhood lung disease, cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, and asthma, as well as pulmonary function testing, including infant pulmonary function testing and multiple breath washout testing. Dr. Pittman's primary research interest is improving the diagnosis and detection of early lung disease in infancy and early childhood through the use of novel outcome measures including infant pulmonary function testing and multiple breath washout (MBW) testing. She is a past recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Leroy Matthews Physician/Scientist Award (2010 - 2013), a Washington University School of Medicine Omics of Inflammatory Airways Disease K12 Award (2014 - 2016), a Washington University School of Medicine Children's Discovery Institute Award (2015 - 2018) and a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Research Scholars Program Award (2016 - 2019). She served as the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network Center for Infant and Preschool Pulmonary Function Testing from 2019 - 2020, and was associate director from 2011 - 2018; her lab focuses on improving the standardization of multiple breath washout testing and collecting normative data for MBW measures. Dr. Pittman has participated in research studies involving children with cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, and asthma/wheeze, including several multi-center NIH studies. She is currently involved with several longitudinal studies of children with CF in partnership with the CFF Therapeutics Development Network.
Dr. Pittman assumed the role of Associate Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the WUSM/SLCH Pediatric Residency Program in 2018, and has broadened her role in education and diversity/equity/inclusion work since then. In 2019, she co-founded the SLCH/WUSM Taskforce on Teamwork and Cultural Competency (T2C2), an inter-professional group dedicated to improving patient and staff experiences throughout Children's Hospital, with a focus on issues related to teamwork and diversity/inclusion. She then began working with the WUSM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion under Dr. Sherree Wilson, and formally joined the office in 2020 as a DEI Faculty Leader. Dr. Pittman became a medical student coach for the new WUSM Gateway curriculum in 2020. She now serves on several committees related to diversity/equity/inclusion work and education within WUSM, including assuming the lead of the WUSM GME Health Equity Curriculum Taskforce in 2021. She teaches curricula related to implicit bias, structural racism, anti-racist practice, and cultural humility across campus for medical providers at all levels of training. Dr. Pittman now also serves as an Assistant Subcommittee Chair for the WUSM Committee on Admissions.