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 as an Assistant Professor. She also serves as Medical Director of the St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Co-Director of the WUSM/SLCH Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center, and Associate Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion for the WUSM/SLCH Pediatric Residency Program.
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 became the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network Center for Infant and Preschool Pulmonary Function Testing in 2019, and was associate director since 2011; 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. Her most recent research projects aim to improve our understanding of the pathophysiology of early childhood lung disease (particularly cystic fibrosis) by investigating the association of functional/physiologic measures (multiple breath washout testing, infant pulmonary function testing) and the respiratory microbiome, as well as better characterizing these novel outcome measures in young children.