Robert J. Freishtat, M.D., M.P.H., is currently the Chief of Emergency Medicine, Children's National Health System and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Integrative Systems Biology, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s National. During this time, he completed a M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He has remained on faculty at Children’s National for 12 years during which time he has served in a joint clinical and applied research role.
Dr. Freishtat’s research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2003 including K23 and R01 grants. He is the principal investigator of The AsthMaP™ Project which serves as the foundation for an international collaborative effort he leads conducting systems biology investigations of injury/repair in the lung. This research focus has led to the discovery of a central theme in pathological tissue repair, specifically the concept of “Regenerative Asynchrony” in which asynchronous repair processes (e.g. mitotic cell cycles) result in fibrosis and chronic inflammation. He has authored or co-authored over 90 articles and book chapters in the fields of lung injury, asthma and emergency medicine. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011 International Klosterfrau Award for Research of Airway Diseases in Childhood.
Dr. Freishtat is Past-President of the American Federation for Medical Research and an active member of the American Thoracic Society and Society for Pediatric Research. He is a member of the NHLBI Mentored Transition to Independence (MTI – K99/R00) Study Section. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and reviews for multiple journals.