Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, FAAP, FCCP

Steven and Nancy Calabrese Endowed Chair for Excellence in Pediatric Care, Research, and Education, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte is currently the Steven and Nancy Calabrese Endowed Chair for

Excellence in Pediatric Care, Research, and Education, as well as the Professor & Chair of

Pediatrics of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve

University. He also serves as Chief of Global Pediatric Research Operations of the Cleveland

Clinic Foundation and Director of the Center for Pediatric Research of the Lerner Research

Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he served for more than 6 years as the first Wyeth

Research Scholar, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at West Virginia

University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief of the WVU Children’s Hospital in

Morgantown, WV.

Dr. Piedimonte has more than 23 years of experience in the leadership and management of

complex healthcare systems and he is currently one of the longest serving academic Pediatric

Chairs still in activity in the U.S. having served in this role for more than 12 years. During his

tenure at the Cleveland Clinic, he has been responsible for all clinical, financial, academic,

operational, professional and strategic matters pertaining one of the largest service lines in the

enterprise, including more than 365 physicians and 1,000 nurses, with annual gross revenues in

excess of $1 billion and operating budget of $284M. Cleveland Clinic Children’s currently

operates 429 beds in four acute care hospitals and one post-acute specialty hospital, and has

more than 50 outpatient clinic locations, caring for more than 900,000 outpatient visits and

18,000 hospital admissions per year. Dr. Piedimonte is regularly invited as a speaker or

panelists to the Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly,

Athenahealth Advisory Roundtable, and other forums reserved to healthcare executives.

Dr. Piedimonte received his degree in Medicine from the University of Rome School of Medicine in

Italy, completed his residency training in Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco,

and received fellowship training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of

California San Francisco and at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He maintains an

active clinical practice, is regularly listed among the “Top Doctors” in Cleveland, nationally, and

internationally, and holds active certifications in General Pediatrics and in Pediatric Pulmonology

from the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Piedimonte’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more

than 29 consecutive years and he has been principal investigator or co-investigator of more than

40 research projects funded by the NIH, the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American

Lung Association, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the pharmaceutical industry.

He is currently leading several funded projects involving basic cellular and molecular biology,

animal models, translational and clinical studies. He served as a regular member of the

Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational (RIBT) Research Study Section of the U. S. National

Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review, and frequently reviews ad hoc for other NIH study

sections (LCMI, IRAP) as well as several other national and international granting agencies like

the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, American Heart Association, Department of

Veteran Affairs’ Medical Research Service, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and British Lung

Foundation. He also holds 18 U.S. and international patents protecting some of his discoveries.

Dr. Piedimonte has authored or co-authored more than 390 peer-reviewed journal articles, book

chapters, monographs, editorials, and abstracts, with the primary focus on airway

inflammation; the neurobiology of the developing respiratory tract; pediatric respiratory

diseases; the role of early viral respiratory infections and environmental pollution in the

pathogenesis of asthma; the link between obesity, diabetes and asthma; and mother-to-fetus

transmission of infections predisposing to chronic respiratory conditions. His scientific articles

have been published in journals such as The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation Research,

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care

Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, American Journal of Physiology,

Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Public Library of Science (PLoS),

Pediatrics, Pediatric Research, and The Journal of Pediatrics. He has also published several op-eds

on healthcare policy and leadership topics in national newspapers and online media.

Dr. Piedimonte has been invited to speak on scientific and healthcare management topics

nationally and internationally in more than 500 occasions, including being the recipient of the

European Society for Paediatric Hematology and Immunology lectureship, the Jerry Elliot Memorial

lectureship of the South Central Conference on Perinatal Research, the Japanese Society of

Pediatric Pulmonology lectureship, the Benjamin Burrows Lung Immunology lectureship of the

University of Arizona, the Frank P. Anderson Memorial lectureship of the Medical College of

Georgia, the Robert H. Schwartz Lectureship in the Genetics of Pediatric Disease of the University of

Rochester, the keynote address to the American Medical Student Association, the Gilbert Friday

Memorial Lecture, and many other endowed lectureships from the Medical University of South

Carolina, University of Louisville, and University of South Florida. He is the recipient of a 1997

Career Investigator Award of the American Lung Association, the 1999 Investigator Award of the

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the 2008 Pfizer Visiting Professorship in

Pulmonology. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College

of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Piedimonte has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including

Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Allergy Immunology & Pulmonology, Current Pediatric Reviews, and

Current Opinion in Pharmacology. He is also a regular reviewer for a number of other leading

journals, including The Lancet, Science Translational Medicine, The British Medical Journal, The

Medical Letter, Journal of Immunology, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

and American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.