Katrina Ann Steiling MD

Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

Member, Bioinformatics Graduate Program

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Katrina Steiling

Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine


BU-BMC Cancer Center

Pulmonary Center

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Dr. Steiling is a Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician-Scientist 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 centers on improving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of lung cancer and COPD. Using the airway field of injury hypothesis, which posits that cigarette smoking induces molecular changes throughout the respiratory tract, she has studied alterations in the airway transcriptome that reflect the presence, susceptibility, and progression of smoking-induced lung diseases. She has 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, COPD, and other diseases that affect the lung.

In addition to her translational research, Dr. Steiling has led the implementation of two important clinical programs focused on improving the early detection of lung cancer in at-risk individuals. She founded the Boston Medical Center Lung Nodule Clinic, a sub-specialty referral resource that supports the evidence-based evaluation of incidental pulmonary nodules detected by diagnostic and screening CT scans. She also led the implementation of a multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer Screening Program at Boston Medical Center. Her team was recognized with a 2016 Clinical Quality Improvement Award from the Boston University Medical Center Evans Foundation. She currently co-chairs the Boston Medical Center Lung Cancer Screening Steering Committee.

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.

Other Positions


MD, Boston University School of Medicine

Health Administration/Informatics, MSc, Boston University

Psychology, BS, Boston College


Published on 2/26/2024

Kearney L, Nguyen T, Steiling K. Disparities across the continuum of lung cancer care: a review of recent literature. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2024 Feb 26. PMID: 38411202.

Published on 2/9/2024

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. PMID: 38335012.

Published on 1/15/2024

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. PMID: 38029296.

Published on 1/1/2024

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.

Published on 12/9/2023

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. PMID: 38105941.

Published on 9/22/2023

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.

Published on 3/15/2023

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. PMID: 36920066.

Published on 11/28/2022

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. PMID: 36441493.

Published on 8/23/2022

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. PMID: 35997854.

Published on 4/4/2022

van Nijnatten J, Brandsma CA, Steiling K, Hiemstra PS, Timens W, van den Berge M, Faiz A. High miR203a-3p and miR-375 expression in the airways of smokers with and without COPD. Sci Rep. 2022 Apr 04; 12(1):5610. PMID: 35379844.

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