Erick Forno, MD, MPH, is Director of the Asthma Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical & Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As an NIH-funded physician-scientist, Dr. Forno’s overarching research interests are the epidemiology and genomics of childhood asthma, as well as the effects of obesity and metabolic dysregulation on asthma severity and overall lung health. He is also funded by the NSF to develop a novel approach to map airway patency and monitor lung function.
An SPR member since 2013, Dr. Forno is passionate about collaborative research and mentoring the next generation of pediatric clinician investigators. He is Associate Director of the T32 training grant in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of Pittsburgh, as well faculty in the Pitt/CMU Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Other service and leadership positions in which he has participated include the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the sub-board on Pediatric Pulmonology of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the executive committees for the ATS Pediatrics Assembly and the Section on Genetics and Genomics, and the Severe Pediatric Asthma Consortium.
Dr. Forno is also actively involved in improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the pediatric workforce, both in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh and as co-chair of DEI working group of the ATS Pediatrics Assembly.
As member of the SPR Council, Dr. Forno will work to foster active mentorship and collaborative research in pediatrics; and will advocate for and prioritize initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among SPR membership, the pediatric physician-scientist workforce, and the populations represented in pediatric research.