Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Neeta Thakur is a pulmonary and critical care physician at UCSF who examines the role of social and environmental stressors on asthma and COPD in vulnerable populations. Better definitions of the mechanism of how social and environmental stressors impact asthma and COPD will allow for the development of targeted interventions and therapies to improve related outcomes in vulnerable populations. Dr. Thakur completed a dual degree program in public health and medicine at the University of Arizona focused on community health and program development and evaluation. She came to UCSF for residency in Internal Medicine and stayed to complete her Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship and has expertise in clinical research methods, social epidemiology, and implementation sciences. Dr. Thakur's experience as a clinician, and now Medical Director of the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) Chest Clinic, gives her first-hand insight on how social and environmental stress negatively affect asthma and COPD outcomes and practical knowledge of the existing barriers to adoption of evidence-based interventions into practice.

Dr. Thakur’s NIH supported research focuses on: 1) defining obstructive lung disease phenotypes that exist in racially and ethnically diverse communities, 2) identifying individuals at high risk for poor outcomes using a risk profile composed of genetic, biomarker, clinical, and socio-environmental data, and 3) developing targeted interventions aimed at social and environmental factors to improve asthma and COPD in high risk groups.
Certificate, 2019 - Implementation Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Research Fellowship, 2015 - Clinical Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco
Certificate, 2013 - Advance Training in Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco
Clinical Fellowship, 2013 - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, 2010 - Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
M.D./M.P.H., 2007 - School of Medicine, University of Arizona
B.S., 2002 - Physiology, University of Arizona
  1. Contribution of Individual and Neighborhood Factors to Racial Disparities in Respiratory Outcomes.
  2. Pediatrics adverse childhood experiences and related life events screener (PEARLS) and health in a safety-net practice.
  3. The Structural and Social Determinants of the Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic: What's Our Role?
  4. An epistatic interaction between pre-natal smoke exposure and socioeconomic status has a significant impact on bronchodilator drug response in African American youth with asthma.
  5. Management and Outcomes of Critically-Ill Patients with COVID-19 Pneumonia at a Safety-net Hospital in San Francisco, a Region with Early Public Health Interventions: A Case Series.
  6. Structural and Social Determinants of Health in Asthma in Developed Economies: a Scoping Review of Literature Published Between 2014 and 2019.
  7. Associations between historical residential redlining and current age-adjusted rates of emergency department visits due to asthma across eight cities in California: an ecological study.
  8. Acculturation is Associated with Asthma Burden and Pulmonary Function in Latino Youth: The GALA II Study.
  9. Development and implementation of a pediatric adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other determinants of health questionnaire in the pediatric medical home: A pilot study.
  10. A genome-wide association and admixture mapping study of bronchodilator drug response in African Americans with asthma.
  11. An admixture mapping meta-analysis implicates genetic variation at 18q21 with asthma susceptibility in Latinos.
  12. Ambient Air Pollution and Asthma-Related Outcomes in Children of Color of the USA: a Scoping Review of Literature Published Between 2013 and 2017.
  13. Origins of Cancer Disparities in Young Adults: Logic Models to Guide Research.
  14. Self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination and bronchodilator response in African American youth with asthma.
  15. Differential methylation between ethnic sub-groups reflects the effect of genetic ancestry and environmental exposures.
  16. Breastfeeding associated with higher lung function in African American youths with asthma.
  17. Perceived Discrimination Associated With Asthma and Related Outcomes in Minority Youth: The GALA II and SAGE II Studies.
  18. Air Pollution and Lung Function in Minority Youth with Asthma in the GALA II (Genes-Environments and Admixture in Latino Americans) and SAGE II (Study of African Americans, Asthma, Genes, and Environments) Studies.
  19. Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled.
  20. Obesity and bronchodilator response in black and Hispanic children and adolescents with asthma.
  21. Genetic ancestry influences asthma susceptibility and lung function among Latinos.
  22. Socioeconomic status and asthma control in African American youth in SAGE II.
  23. The lung corps' approach to reducing health disparities in respiratory disease.
  24. Socioeconomic status and childhood asthma in urban minority youths. The GALA II and SAGE II studies.
  25. Early-life air pollution and asthma risk in minority children. The GALA II and SAGE II studies.
  26. COPD and cognitive impairment: the role of hypoxemia and oxygen therapy.