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Sande Okelo, MD, PhD


Sande Okelo, MD, PhD

UCLA Physician Sande  Okelo, MD, PhD specializes in Pulmonology / Pulmonary Disease .
Pulmonology / Pulmonary Disease
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 825-5930 Office
Fax Number
(310) 794-7338 Fax

Office/Mailing address
UCLA Department of Pediatrics
22-387 MDCC 10833
Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1752

Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics, 2004, 2012
Pediatric Pulmonology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2000 - 2003
Pediatrics, Childrens Hospital - Oakland, 1997 - 2000
MD, Case Western Reserve Univ School of Medicine, 1997
Department Affiliation
Provider, Pediatric Pulmonology


Research Interest
Developing tools and strategies for health care providers to assess and treat asthma in children, particularly for those who treat populations at risk for poor asthma care and poor asthma outcomes.
Causes of and solutions for ethnic/racial disparities in health care.
Additional Information


  • 2011 - Assistant Professor in Residence, Step IV, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
  • 2011 - Director of the UCLA Pediatric Asthma Center of Excellence (PACE)
  • 2011 - Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA

Previous Positions Held

  • 2003 – 2011 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2003 – 2011 Director, Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2007 – 2009 Director, Journal Club, Pediatric Pulmonology, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Committee Service

  • 2003 – 2004 Data Safety and Monitoring Board , committee member, Johns Hopkins University

Community Service

  • 2005 – 2005 Pediatrics In-patient Teaching Attending, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2007 – 2008 Advisor, Student National Medical Association, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2003 – 2004 Medical Advisory Board member, Amerigroup Medicaid MCO, Baltimore, Maryland

Professional Associations and Scholarly Societies

  • 2000 – present American Thoracic Society
  • 2008 – present Academic Pediatric Association
  • 1997 – 2005 American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 2003 – 2005 American College of Chest Physicians
  • 1998 – 2010 National Medical Association

Editorial Services

  • 2009 – present Ad hoc reviewer: European Respiratory Journal, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatrics

(List title, organization, city, date)

  • Top 5 Reasons for Poorly Controlled Asthma, Pediatric TRENDS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, April 15, 2011
  • Asthma in the Inner-City, Johns Hopkins University CME Program on Respiratory Disease, Asthma and Allergy Center, Baltimore, MD, February 14, 2011
  • Applying the PACE Program to Underserved Communities, Oakland & San Francisco, CA, October 1, 2010
  • Practical Strategies to Identify & Address Suboptimal Medication Adherence in Patients with Asthma, Pediatrics for the Practitioners, Baltimore, MD, September 24, 2010
  • The roles of adherence and quality of life in asthma, Mexico City, July 15, 2009
  • Acute and Recurrent Bronchitis in Children, Hospital Panama Pacifica, May 23, 2009
  • Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Guideline Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, Hospital Panama Pacifica, May 23, 2009
  • Utilizing Clinical Research Methodologies to Improve Asthma Outcomes in Children, Grand Rounds Department of Otolaryngology Johns Hopkins University, March 2, 2009
  • The Contribution of Physician Characteristics and Treatment Behaviors to the Quality of Asthma Care of Minority Patients Grand Rounds, University of California San Francisco, June 11, 2008
  • Disparities in Asthma Care: Causes and Potential Solutions Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March, 2008
  • Asthma Update: the 2007 NIH Asthma Guidelines Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, October, 2007
  • Keeping Kids Active: Evaluation and Management of Exercise Limitation TRENDS in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, April, 2007
  • “Titrating Asthma Therapy in Children” Grand Rounds, St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD, November, 2006
  • “Career Opportunities in the Medical Field”, Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, July, 2006
  • “Titrating Asthma Therapy in Children” TRENDS in Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, April, 2006
  •  “Pulmonary Function Testing for General Pediatricians”, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (JHCP), Baltimore, MD, October, 2005
  • Asthma Medications for Children, School Nurses of Maryland, Columbia, Maryland, June, 2005
Awards & Recognition


  • 1994 – 1996 Summer Research Fellow, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • 2001 – 2004 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award, recipient.
  • 2009 – 2011 National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award, recipient.

(List source, purpose, amount, dates, and indicate if principal or co-principal investigator)

  • 2002 Minority Postdoctoral Supplement, NIEHS, 2002 – 2003. The purpose of this study is to evaluate racial differences in coronary artery disease and treatment recommendations in a Veterans Administration patient population.
  • 2006 Minority Investigator Research Supplement, Improving Asthma Care for Minority Children in Head Start, NHLBI, 2006 – 2008. The purpose of this study is to survey pediatricians to assess how their attitudes towards interventions designed to improve shared decision-making among low income inner-city parents of minority children with asthma.
  • 2007 Thrasher Research Fund, The role of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) infection in asthmatic exacerbations in pediatric patients, 2007 – 2009. The purpose of this case-control study is to compare children with asthma exacerbations with a group of age-matched control asthmatic children with signs and symptoms of upper respiratory infection in the absence of wheezing in order to determine the role of hMPV in pediatric asthma exacerbations.
  • 2008 K23 Career Development Award, Development of a Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument, NHLBI, Principal Investigator, $662,258, 2008 - 2013. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate an asthma decision-support Tool designed to improve communication with parents of high-risk children with asthma.
  • 2008 A+ Head Start Intervention for Smoke Free Homes, NHLBI, $492,044, 2008 – 2013 The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of an ETS reduction intervention with demonstrated efficacy, when delivered in the context of an overall EPA-based Head Start ETS reduction education program. NHLBI
  • 2011 Standardization of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies for Bottled-fed Children, NIDCD, $278,706. The purpose of this project is to test a new standardize method of translating the x-ray findings into meaningful clinical information that improves the accuracy of swallowing diagnosis and guides swallowing treatment.
  • 2011 Reducing Asthma Morbidity in High Risk Minority Preschool Children, NHLBI, $560,510. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a home-based asthma education intervention with demonstrated efficacy, when delivered in the context of a Head Start–wide asthma education program.
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