Katrina Steiling, MD Hear my name
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

MD, Boston University School of Medicine
MSc, Boston University
BS, Boston College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Steiling is a Pulmonary/Critical Care physician with a longstanding interest in improving the ability to effectively detect, treat, and cure smoking-induced lung diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She completed her fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, and concurrently completed a Master of Science in Bioinformatics through the Boston University College of Engineering.

Dr. Steiling’s research career began with a focus on biomarker development for smoking-induced lung diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Using the airway field of injury hypothesis, which posits that cigarette smoking induces molecular changes throughout the respiratory tract, she studied alterations in the airway transcriptome that reflect the presence, susceptibility, and progression of smoking-induced lung diseases. Her laboratory used whole-genome expression profiling of the bronchial airway epithelium to describe the relationship between upper and lower airway gene expression, and leveraged this information to develop clinically relevant biomarkers of lung cancer and COPD, and other diseases that affect the lung.

Dr. Steiling transitioned her research focus and used the skills gained in large-scale genomics research to develop, implement, and study lung cancer screening and lung nodule evaluation programs. She implemented and oversees two large clinical programs related to lung health at Boston Medical Center, a tertiary urban safety-net hospital that provides most care to low-income, underserved and vulnerable patient populations. She developed, implemented, and directs the Lung Cancer Screening Program, which brings together multi-disciplinary expertise to provide evidence-based low-dose CT screening to high-risk patients. She also developed and directs the Lung Nodule Clinic, a sub-specialty clinic that provides patient-centered evidence-based care for incidental pulmonary nodules detected in high-risk settings.
Her current research is an outgrowth of her passion to mitigate health disparities through the development and implementation of lung cancer screening and lung nodule evaluation programs that serve diverse patient populations.

Dr. Steiling sees patients in the Lung Nodule Clinic, multi-disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic and attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston Medical Center.

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston University
Bioinformatics Graduate Program

Boston University
Genome Science Institute

Nasal Transcriptomic Biomarkers for the Diagnostic Evaluation of Lung Nodules Found by LDCT Screening
08/01/2014 - 07/31/2018 (Subcontract PI)
Lahey Clinic, Inc. Am Thorac./LUNGevity

Characterizing Molecular Subphenotypes of chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease
09/15/2015 - 09/15/2016 (PI)
The CHEST Foundation

Nasal Biomarker for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer in Patients with COPD
03/01/2014 - 09/30/2015 (PI)
Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology

Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program KL2
05/01/2012 - 04/30/2014 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: David M. Center, MD
NIH/National Center for Health Research Resources

Airway Genomic Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013 (PI)
American Association for Cancer Research

Airway Genomic Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
AACR (American Association for Cancer Research )

The Patient Navigation Program at Boston Medical Center
07/01/2022 - 12/31/2024 (PI)
American Cancer Society


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  1. Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. PLoS One. 2024; 19(7):e0296139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38968193; PMCID: PMC11226120; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0296139;
  2. Kearney L, Nguyen T, Steiling K. Disparities across the continuum of lung cancer care: a review of recent literature. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2024 Jul 01; 30(4):359-367.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38411202
  3. Kearney LE, Jansen E, Kathuria H, Steiling K, Jones KC, Walkey A, Cordella N. Efficacy of Digital Outreach Strategies for Collecting Smoking Data: Pragmatic Randomized Trial. JMIR Form Res. 2024 Feb 09; 8:e50465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38335012; PMCID: PMC10891497; DOI: 10.2196/50465;
  4. Steiling K, Kathuria H. Occupational Benzene Exposure: An Unrecognized Threat for Lung Cancer Development. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 15; 209(2):128-130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38029296; PMCID: PMC10806424; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202311-2023ED;
  5. Steiling K. Evaluating the Impact of Race-Neutral Interpretation of Preoperative Pulmonary Function. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2024 Jan; 21(1):32-34. PMID: 38156898; PMCID: PMC10867907; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202309-834ED;
  6. Lee MM, Zuo Y, Steiling K, Mizgerd JP, Kalesan B, Walkey AJ. Clinical risk factors and blood protein biomarkers of 10-year pneumonia risk. medRxiv. 2023 Dec 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38105941; PMCID: PMC10723561; DOI: 10.1101/2023.12.07.23299678;
  7. Feeney ME, Steiling K. Successful management of suspected propofol dependence with phenobarbital in an adult patient with COVID-19. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2023 Sep 22; 80(19):1309-1314. PMID: 37368792
  8. Steiling K, Kathuria H, Echieh CP, Ost DE, Rivera MP, Begnaud A, Celedón JC, Charlot M, Dietrick F, Duma N, Fong KM, Ford JG, Gould MK, Holguin F, Pérez-Stable EJ, Tanner NT, Thomson CC, Wiener RS, Wisnivesky J. Research Priorities for Interventions to Address Health Disparities in Lung Nodule Management: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 Mar 15; 207(6):e31-e46.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36920066; PMCID: PMC10037482; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202212-2216ST;
  9. Liu A, Siddiqi N, Tapan U, Mak KS, Steiling KA, Suzuki K. Black Race Remains Associated with Lower Eligibility for Screening Using 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations Among Lung Cancer Patients at an Urban Safety Net Hospital. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Dec; 10(6):2836-2843.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36441493
  10. Kathuria H, Gunawan A, Spring M, Aijaz S, Cobb V, Fitzgerald C, Wakeman C, Howard J, Clancy M, Foreman AG, Truong V, Wong C, Steiling K, Lasser KE, Bulekova K, Wiener RS. Hospitalization as an opportunity to engage underserved individuals in shared decision-making for lung cancer screening: results from two randomized pilot trials. Cancer Causes Control. 2022 Nov; 33(11):1373-1380.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35997854; DOI: 10.1007/s10552-022-01620-8;
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