Leah Witt, MD

2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
06/2018 - Geriatrics Fellowship, University of California-San Francisco
06/2017 - Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship, University of Chicago
06/2014 - Internal Medicine Residency, University of Chicago
MD, 05/2011 - Medicine, University of Minnesota
BA, 06/2007 - Anthropology, Global Health, Northwestern University
Honors and Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Minnesota, 2010
  1. Wang E, Wroblewski KE, McClintock MK, Pinto JM, Witt LJ. Olfactory decline develops in parallel with frailty in older US adults with obstructive lung diseases. 2023. PMID: 37747949

  2. Expert Panel on Thoracic Imaging, Sandler KL, Henry TS, Amini A, Elojeimy S, Kelly AM, Kuzniewski CT, Lee E, Martin MD, Morris MF, Peterson NB, Raptis CA, Silvestri GA, Sirajuddin A, Tong BC, Wiener RS, Witt LJ, Donnelly EF. ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Lung Cancer Screening: 2022 Update. 2023. PMID: 37236754

  3. Santhosh L, Witt L. Jane (or Dr Doe?) Will Reply to Your Patient Portal Message Now. 2022. PMID: 36197669

  4. Witt LJ, Wroblewski KE, Pinto JM, Wang E, McClintock MK, Dale W, White SR, Press VG, Huisingh-Scheetz M. Beyond the Lung: Geriatric Conditions Afflict Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Self-Reported Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2022. PMID: 35237627

  5. Bischoff KE, Choi S, Su A, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Oettel E, Blachman M, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Witt L, Pantilat SZ, Shah RJ. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. 2021. PMID: 34115958

  6. O'Leary EM, Tian Y, Nigdelioglu R, Witt LJ, Cetin-Atalay R, Meliton AY, Woods PS, Kimmig LM, Sun KA, Gökalp GA, Mutlu GM, Hamanaka RB. TGF-ß Promotes Metabolic Reprogramming in Lung Fibroblasts via mTORC1-dependent ATF4 Activation. 2020. PMID: 32668192

  7. Farrell TW, Ferrante LE, Brown T, Francis L, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. AGS Position Statement: Resource Allocation Strategies and Age-Related Considerations in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond. 2020. PMID: 32374440

  8. Farrell TW, Francis L, Brown T, Ferrante LE, Widera E, Rhodes R, Rosen T, Hwang U, Witt LJ, Thothala N, Liu SW, Vitale CA, Braun UK, Stephens C, Saliba D. Rationing Limited Health Care Resources in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: Ethical Considerations Regarding Older Adults. 2020. PMID: 32374466

  9. Venado A, Witt LJ, Kallianos K, Wolters PJ. Diaphragmatic Atrophy May Limit Progression of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. 2019. PMID: 31825660

  10. Leah J. Witt, Carolyn J. Presley. Respiratory Organ Aging and Cancer. 2020. PMID:

  11. Hamanaka RB, O'Leary EM, Witt LJ, Tian Y, Gökalp GA, Meliton AY, Dulin NO, Mutlu GM. Glutamine Metabolism is Required for Collagen Protein Synthesis in Lung Fibroblasts. 2019. PMID: 30973753

  12. Hamanaka RB, Nigdelioglu R, Meliton AY, Tian Y, Witt LJ, O'Leary E, Sun KA, Woods PS, Wu D, Ansbro B, Ard S, Rohde JM, Dulin NO, Guzy RD, Mutlu GM. Inhibition of PHGDH Attenuates Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis. Volume 58 of Issue 5. 2017. PMID: 29019702

  13. Oldham JM, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Chung JH, Lee C, Hsu S, Chen LW, Husain A, Montner S, Vij R, Strek ME, Noth I. N-acetylcysteine exposure is associated with improved survival in anti-nuclear antibody seropositive patients with usual interstitial pneumonia. Volume 18 of Issue 1. 2018. PMID: 29422061

  14. Leah J. Witt, Carolyn J. Presley. Respiratory Organ Aging and Cancer. 2018. PMID:

  15. Adegunsoye A, Oldham JM, Chung JH, Montner SM, Lee C, Witt LJ, Stahlbaum D, Bermea RS, Chen LW, Hsu S, Husain AN, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME, Churpek M. Phenotypic Clusters Predict Outcomes in a Longitudinal Interstitial Lung Disease Cohort. Volume 153 of Issue 2. 2017. PMID: 28964798

  16. Wu D, Huang RT, Hamanaka RB, Krause M, Oh MJ, Kuo CH, Nigdelioglu R, Meliton AY, Witt L, Dai G, Civelek M, Prabhakar NR, Fang Y, Mutlu GM. HIF-1a is required for disturbed flow-induced metabolic reprogramming in human and porcine vascular endothelium. Volume 6. 2017. PMID: 28556776

  17. Adegunsoye A, Oldham JM, Valenzi E, Lee C, Witt LJ, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME, Husain AN. Interstitial Pneumonia With Autoimmune Features: Value of Histopathology. Volume 141 of Issue 7. 2017. PMID: 28467213

  18. Nigdelioglu R, Hamanaka RB, Meliton AY, O'Leary E, Witt LJ, Cho T, Sun K, Bonham C, Wu D, Woods PS, Husain AN, Wolfgeher D, Dulin NO, Chandel NS, Mutlu GM. Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-ß Promotes de Novo Serine Synthesis for Collagen Production. Volume 291 of Issue 53. 2016. PMID: 27836973

  19. Oldham JM, Lee C, Valenzi E, Witt LJ, Adegunsoye A, Hsu S, Chen L, Montner S, Chung JH, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME. Azathioprine response in patients with fibrotic connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease. Volume 121. 2016. PMID: 27888985

  20. Daly B, Hantel A, Wroblewski K, Balachandran JS, Chow S, DeBoer R, Fleming GF, Hahn OM, Kline J, Liu H, Patel BK, Verma A, Witt LJ, Fukui M, Kumar A, Howell MD, Polite BN. No Exit: Identifying Avoidable Terminal Oncology Intensive Care Unit Hospitalizations. Volume 12 of Issue 10. 2016. PMID: 27601514

  21. Witt LJ, Curran JJ, Strek ME. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Antisynthetase Syndrome. Volume 23 of Issue 5. 2016. PMID: 27594777

  22. Oldham JM, Adegunsoye A, Valenzi E, Lee C, Witt L, Chen L, Husain AN, Montner S, Chung JH, Cottin V, Fischer A, Noth I, Vij R, Strek ME. Characterisation of patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features. Volume 47 of Issue 6. 2016. PMID: 27103387

  23. Witt LJ, Demchuk C, Curran JJ, Strek ME. Benefit of adjunctive tacrolimus in connective tissue disease-interstitial lung disease. Volume 36. 2016. PMID: 26762710

  24. Oldham JM, Ma SF, Martinez FJ, Anstrom KJ, Raghu G, Schwartz DA, Valenzi E, Witt L, Lee C, Vij R, Huang Y, Strek ME, Noth I. TOLLIP, MUC5B, and the Response to N-Acetylcysteine among Individuals with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Volume 192 of Issue 12. 2015. PMID: 26331942

  25. Leah Witt, Carley Demchuk, James Curran, Mary Strek. Safety and Efficacy of Tacrolimus in Connective Tissue Disease-Related Interstitial Lung Disease. 2013. PMID: