Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH

Associate 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.
Education
2020 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California, San Francisco
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
Websites
Publications
  1. Baugh AD, Thakur N, Woodruff PG. Reply to: US Occupational Historical Perspective on Race and Lung Function. 2022. PMID: 35503237


  2. Baugh A, Buhr RG, Quibrera P, Barjaktarevic I, Barr RG, Bowler R, Han MK, Kaufman JD, Koch AL, Krishnan J, Labaki W, Martinez FJ, Mkorombindo T, Namen A, Ortega V, Paine R, Peters SP, Schotland H, Sundar K, Zeidler MR, Hansel NN, Woodruff PG, Thakur N. Risk of COPD exacerbation is increased by poor sleep quality and modified by social adversity. 2022. PMID: 35665826


  3. DeDent AM, Collard HR, Thakur N. Disparities in Rural Populations with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. 2022. PMID: 35390330


  4. Baugh AD, Shiboski S, Hansel NN, Ortega V, Barjakteravic I, Barr RG, Bowler R, Comellas AP, Cooper CB, Couper D, Criner G, Curtis JL, Dransfield M, Ejike C, Han M, Hoffman E, Krishnan J, Krishnan JA, Mannino D, Paine Iii R, Parekh T, Peters S, Putcha N, Rennard S, Thakur N, Woodruff PG. Reconsidering the Utility of Race-Specific Lung Function Prediction Equations. 2021. PMID: 34913855


  5. Santhosh L, Block B, Kim SY, Raju S, Shah RJ, Thakur N, Brigham EP, Parker AM. Response. 2022. PMID: 35000721


  6. Avitzur N, Noth EM, Lamidi M, Nathan SD, Collard HR, DeDent AM, Thakur N, Johannson KA. Relative environmental and social disadvantage in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 2021. PMID: 34949724


  7. Martinez A, de la Rosa R, Mujahid M, Thakur N. Structural racism and its pathways to asthma and atopic dermatitis. 2021. PMID: 34743832


  8. Bhakta NR, Kaminsky DA, Bime C, Thakur N, Hall GL, McCormack MC, Stanojevic S. Addressing Race in Pulmonary Function Testing by Aligning Intent and Evidence with Practice and Perception. 2021. PMID: 34437887


  9. Thakur N, Lovinsky-Desir S, Appell D, Bime C, Castro L, Celedón JC, Ferreira J, George M, Mageto Y, Mainous Iii AG, Pakhale S, Riekert KA, Roman J, Ruvalcaba E, Sharma S, Shete P, Wisnivesky JP, Holguin F. Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Minority Populations for Clinical Research in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine: An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement. 2021. PMID: 34347574


  10. Ejike CO, Woo H, Galiatsatos P, Paulin LM, Krishnan JA, Cooper CB, Couper DJ, Kanner RE, Bowler RP, Hoffman EA, Comellas AP, Criner GJ, Barr RG, Martinez FJ, Han MK, Martinez CH, Ortega VE, Parekh TM, Christenson SA, Thakur N, Baugh A, Belz DC, Raju S, Gassett AJ, Kaufman JD, Putcha N, Hansel NN. Contribution of Individual and Neighborhood Factors to Racial Disparities in Respiratory Outcomes. 2020. PMID: 33007162


  11. Santhosh L, Block B, Kim SY, Raju S, Shah RJ, Thakur N, Brigham EP, Parker AM. Rapid Design and Implementation of Post-COVID-19 Clinics. 2021. PMID: 33811910


  12. Spece LJ, Epler EM, Duan K, Donovan LM, Griffith MF, LaBedz S, Thakur N, Wiener RS, Krishnan JA, Au DH, Feemster LC. Reassessment of Home Oxygen Prescription after Hospitalization for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. A Potential Target for Deimplementation. 2021. PMID: 33075243


  13. Contreras MG, Keys K, Magaña J, Goddard PC, Risse-Adams O, Zeiger AM, Mak ACY, Samedy-Bates LA, Neophytou AM, Lee E, Thakur N, Elhawary JR, Hu D, Huntsman S, Eng C, Hu T, Burchard EG, White MJ. Native American Ancestry and Air Pollution Interact to Impact Bronchodilator Response in Puerto Rican Children with Asthma. 2021. PMID: 33519158


  14. Thakur N, Lovinsky-Desir S, Bime C, Wisnivesky JP, Celedón JC. The Structural and Social Determinants of the Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic: What's Our Role? 2020. PMID: 32677842


  15. Thakur N, Hessler D, Koita K, Ye M, Benson M, Gilgoff R, Bucci M, Long D, Burke Harris N. Pediatrics adverse childhood experiences and related life events screener (PEARLS) and health in a safety-net practice. 2020. PMID: 32898839


  16. Magaña J, Contreras MG, Keys KL, Risse-Adams O, Goddard PC, Zeiger AM, Mak ACY, Elhawary JR, Samedy-Bates LA, Lee E, Thakur N, Hu D, Eng C, Salazar S, Huntsman S, Hu T, Burchard EG, White MJ. 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. 2020. PMID: 32636926


  17. Vanderburg S, Alipanah N, Crowder R, Yoon C, Wang R, Thakur N, Slown K, Shete PB, Rofael M, Metcalfe JZ, Merrifield C, Marquez C, Malcolm K, Lipnick M, Jain V, Gomez A, Burns G, Brown LB, Berger C, Auyeung V, Cattamanchi A, Hendrickson CM. 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. 2020. PMID: 32511538


  18. Thakur N, Borrell LN, Ye M, Oh SS, Eng C, Meade K, Avila PC, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Kumar R, Bibbins-Domingo K, Thyne S, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Burchard EG. Acculturation is Associated with Asthma Burden and Pulmonary Function in Latino Youth: The GALA II Study. Volume 143 of Issue 5. 2019. PMID: 30682453


  19. Koita K, Long D, Hessler D, Benson M, Daley K, Bucci M, Thakur N, Burke Harris N. Development and implementation of a pediatric adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other determinants of health questionnaire in the pediatric medical home: A pilot study. Volume 13 of Issue 12. 2018. PMID: 30540843


  20. Spear ML, Hu D, Pino-Yanes M, Huntsman S, Eng C, Levin AM, Ortega VE, White MJ, McGarry ME, Thakur N, Galanter J, Mak ACY, Oh SS, Ampleford E, Peters SP, Davis A, Kumar R, Farber HJ, Meade K, Avila PC, Serebrisky D, Lenoir MA, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Cintron WR, Thyne SM, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Ford JG, Chapela R, Estrada AM, Sandoval K, Seibold MA, Winkler CA, Bleecker ER, Myers DA, Williams LK, Hernandez RD, Torgerson DG, Burchard EG. A genome-wide association and admixture mapping study of bronchodilator drug response in African Americans with asthma. Volume 19 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 30206298


  21. Gignoux CR, Torgerson DG, Pino-Yanes M, Uricchio LH, Galanter J, Roth LA, Eng C, Hu D, Nguyen EA, Huntsman S, Mathias RA, Kumar R, Rodriguez-Santana J, Thakur N, Oh SS, McGarry M, Moreno-Estrada A, Sandoval K, Winkler CA, Seibold MA, Padhukasahasram B, Conti DV, Farber HJ, Avila P, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Lenoir M, Meade K, Serebrisky D, Borrell LN, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Thyne S, Joubert BR, Romieu I, Levin AM, Sienra-Monge JJ, Del Rio-Navarro BE, Gan W, Raby BA, Weiss ST, Bleecker E, Meyers DA, Martinez FJ, Gauderman WJ, Gilliland F, London SJ, Bustamante CD, Nicolae DL, Ober C, Sen S, Barnes K, Williams LK, Hernandez RD, Burchard EG. An admixture mapping meta-analysis implicates genetic variation at 18q21 with asthma susceptibility in Latinos. Volume 143 of Issue 3. 2018. PMID: 30201514


  22. Hiatt RA, Handley MA, Ling PM, Burchard E, Thakur N, Bibbins-Domingo K. Origins of Cancer Disparities in Young Adults: Logic Models to Guide Research. Volume 53 of Issue 3S1. 2017. PMID: 28818252


  23. Carlson S, Borrell LN, Eng C, Nguyen M, Thyne S, LeNoir MA, Burke-Harris N, Burchard EG, Thakur N. Self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination and bronchodilator response in African American youth with asthma. Volume 12 of Issue 6. 2017. PMID: 28609485


  24. Galanter JM, Gignoux CR, Oh SS, Torgerson D, Pino-Yanes M, Thakur N, Eng C, Hu D, Huntsman S, Farber HJ, Avila PC, Brigino-Buenaventura E, LeNoir MA, Meade K, Serebrisky D, Rodríguez-Cintrón W, Kumar R, Rodríguez-Santana JR, Seibold MA, Borrell LN, Burchard EG, Zaitlen N. Differential methylation between ethnic sub-groups reflects the effect of genetic ancestry and environmental exposures. Volume 6. 2017. PMID: 28044981


  25. Oh SS, Du R, Zeiger AM, McGarry ME, Hu D, Thakur N, Pino-Yanes M, Galanter JM, Eng C, Nishimura KK, Huntsman S, Farber HJ, Meade K, Avila P, Serebrisky D, Bibbins-Domingo K, Lenoir MA, Ford JG, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Thyne SM, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Williams K, Kumar R, Burchard EG. Breastfeeding associated with higher lung function in African American youths with asthma. Volume 54 of Issue 8. 2016. PMID: 27929698


  26. Thakur N, Barcelo NE, Borrell LN, Singh S, Eng C, Davis A, Meade K, LeNoir MA, Avila PC, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Thyne S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Sen S, Bibbins-Domingo K, Burchard EG. Perceived Discrimination Associated With Asthma and Related Outcomes in Minority Youth: The GALA II and SAGE II Studies. Volume 151 of Issue 4. 2016. PMID: 27916618


  27. Neophytou AM, White MJ, Oh SS, Thakur N, Galanter JM, Nishimura KK, Pino-Yanes M, Torgerson DG, Gignoux CR, Eng C, Nguyen EA, Hu D, Mak AC, Kumar R, Seibold MA, Davis A, Farber HJ, Meade K, Avila PC, Serebrisky D, Lenoir MA, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Bibbins-Domingo K, Thyne SM, Williams LK, Sen S, Gilliland FD, Gauderman WJ, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Lurmann F, Balmes JR, Eisen EA, Burchard EG. 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. Volume 193 of Issue 11. 2016. PMID: 26734713


  28. Oh SS, Galanter J, Thakur N, Pino-Yanes M, Barcelo NE, White MJ, de Bruin DM, Greenblatt RM, Bibbins-Domingo K, Wu AH, Borrell LN, Gunter C, Powe NR, Burchard EG. Diversity in Clinical and Biomedical Research: A Promise Yet to Be Fulfilled. Volume 12 of Issue 12. 2015. PMID: 26671224


  29. McGarry ME, Castellanos E, Thakur N, Oh SS, Eng C, Davis A, Meade K, LeNoir MA, Avila PC, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Kumar R, Bibbins-Domingo K, Thyne SM, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Borrell LN, Burchard EG. Obesity and bronchodilator response in black and Hispanic children and adolescents with asthma. Volume 147 of Issue 6. 2015. PMID: 25742612


  30. Pino-Yanes M, Thakur N, Gignoux CR, Galanter JM, Roth LA, Eng C, Nishimura KK, Oh SS, Vora H, Huntsman S, Nguyen EA, Hu D, Drake KA, Conti DV, Moreno-Estrada A, Sandoval K, Winkler CA, Borrell LN, Lurmann F, Islam TS, Davis A, Farber HJ, Meade K, Avila PC, Serebrisky D, Bibbins-Domingo K, Lenoir MA, Ford JG, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Thyne SM, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Bustamante CD, Williams LK, Gilliland FD, Gauderman WJ, Kumar R, Torgerson DG, Burchard EG. Genetic ancestry influences asthma susceptibility and lung function among Latinos. Volume 135 of Issue 1. 2014. PMID: 25301036


  31. Thakur N, Martin M, Castellanos E, Oh SS, Roth LA, Eng C, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Davis A, Meade K, LeNoir MA, Farber HJ, Thyne S, Sen S, Bibbins-Domingo K, Borrell LN, Burchard EG. Socioeconomic status and asthma control in African American youth in SAGE II. Volume 51 of Issue 7. 2014. PMID: 24654704


  32. Thakur N, McGarry ME, Oh SS, Galanter JM, Finn PW, Burchard EG. The lung corps' approach to reducing health disparities in respiratory disease. Volume 11 of Issue 4. 2014. PMID: 24697756


  33. Thakur N, Oh SS, Nguyen EA, Martin M, Roth LA, Galanter J, Gignoux CR, Eng C, Davis A, Meade K, LeNoir MA, Avila PC, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Kumar R, Williams LK, Bibbins-Domingo K, Thyne S, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Borrell LN, Burchard EG. Socioeconomic status and childhood asthma in urban minority youths. The GALA II and SAGE II studies. Volume 188 of Issue 10. 2013. PMID: 24050698


  34. Nishimura KK, Galanter JM, Roth LA, Oh SS, Thakur N, Nguyen EA, Thyne S, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Kumar R, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Davis A, LeNoir MA, Meade K, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Avila PC, Borrell LN, Bibbins-Domingo K, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Sen S, Lurmann F, Balmes JR, Burchard EG. Early-life air pollution and asthma risk in minority children. The GALA II and SAGE II studies. Volume 188 of Issue 3. 2013. PMID: 23750510


  35. Thakur N, Blanc PD, Julian LJ, Yelin EH, Katz PP, Sidney S, Iribarren C, Eisner MD. COPD and cognitive impairment: the role of hypoxemia and oxygen therapy. Volume 5. 2010. PMID: 20856825