Jessica Pittman, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Jessica Pittman, MD, MPH, graduated from Oberlin College in 1998 and earned her MD from Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in 2004. She received her training in pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital before moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for fellowship in pediatric pulmonology, where she also received a master’s in public health in epidemiology. Dr. Pittman joined the faculty at WUSM in 2014, where she is now an associate professor in pediatrics. Her roles at WUSM include co-director of the WUSM Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center, associate program director for diversity and inclusion for the WUSM Pediatric Residency Program, student coach for the WUSM Gateway Curriculum, assistant subcommittee chair for the WUSM Committee on Admissions, and DEI faculty leader in the WUSM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Pittman has extensive experience in clinical research, including over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Her research focuses on early childhood lung disease, particularly in cystic fibrosis (CF). She is a past recipient of awards from the CF Foundation (Leroy Matthews Physician/Scientist Award and Clinical Research Scholars Program Award), as well as the WUSM Omics of Inflammatory Airways Disease K12 and Children’s Discovery Institute Awards. She currently serves as national co-PI or co-investigator on several studies related to modulator therapy use in children with CF. In her DEIJ work, Dr. Pittman creates and leads curricula related to implicit bias, structural racism, anti-racist practice, and cultural humility across campus for medical providers at all levels of training. She serves as co-lead for the WUSM ODEI Understanding Systemic Racism Curriculum, where she lends her clinical and educational perspective. Dr. Pittman co-founded the SLCH/WUSM Taskforce on Teamwork and Culturally Conscious Care, Communication and Collaboration, an inter-professional group dedicated to improving patient and staff experiences throughout St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She serves on several committees related to diversity/equity/inclusion, medical education, and the intersection of the two within WUSM.