Kensho Iwanaga, MD, MPH

Pediatric pulmonologist

Dr. Kensho Iwanaga is a specialist in pediatric pulmonology who cares for infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic respiratory conditions, including asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (a lung condition most common in premature newborns that can lead to chronic breathing problems).

Iwanaga's research focuses on understanding the interactions between air pollution and pediatric respiratory health and development.

Iwanaga is a Bay Area native. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, followed by a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at Seattle Children's Hospital. During his fellowship, he earned a master's degree in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Clinics

Aerodigestive Clinic
1975 Fourth Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2757
Fax: (415) 353-2603

Asthma Program
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Fax: (415) 476-9278

Cystic Fibrosis Center
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Fax: (415) 476-9278

Pulmonary Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353-7337
Fax: (415) 476-9278

Pulmonary Exercise Laboratory
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 476-3774
Fax: (415) 353-9353

Pulmonary Function Laboratory
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-3774
Fax: (415) 353-8675

Pulmonology at Pleasanton
5924 Stoneridge Dr., Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: (925) 598-3500
Fax: (925) 598-3520

More about Kensho Iwanaga

Education

UC Irvine School of Medicine 2006
University of Washington School of Public Health, MPH, Epidemiology 2013

Residencies

UCSF, Pediatrics 2010

Fellowships

Seattle Children's Hospital, Pediatric Pulmonology 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Nishimura KK, Iwanaga K, Oh SS, Pino-Yanes M, Eng C, Keswani A, Roth LA, Nguyen EA, Thyne SM, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Meade K, LeNoir MA, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Borrell LN, Bibbins-Domingo K, Lurmann F, Sen S, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Avila PC, Balmes JR, Kumar R, Burchard EG. Early-life ozone exposure associated with asthma without sensitization in Latino children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 Dec; 138(6):1703-1706.e1.
  2. Iwanaga K, Elliott MS, Vedal S, Debley JS. Urban particulate matter induces pro-remodeling factors by airway epithelial cells from healthy and asthmatic children. Inhal Toxicol. 2013 Oct; 25(12):653-60.
  3. Iwanaga K, Carter ER. Mycobacterium abscessus complex lung infection in a toddler with a tracheostomy. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Mar; 49(3):296-8.
  4. Ahmad I, Zaldivar F, Iwanaga K, Koeppel R, Grochow D, Nemet D, Waffarn F, Eliakim A, Leu SY, Cooper DM. Inflammatory and growth mediators in growing preterm infants. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Mar; 20(3):387-96.
  5. Galassetti P, Larson J, Iwanaga K, Salsberg SL, Eliakim A, Pontello A. Effect of a high-fat meal on the growth hormone response to exercise in children. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Jun; 19(6):777-86.
  6. Galassetti PR, Iwanaga K, Crisostomo M, Zaldivar FP, Larson J, Pescatello A. Inflammatory cytokine, growth factor and counterregulatory responses to exercise in children with type 1 diabetes and healthy controls. Pediatr Diabetes. 2006 Feb; 7(1):16-24.
  7. Galassetti PR, Iwanaga K, Pontello AM, Zaldivar FP, Flores RL, Larson JK. Effect of prior hyperglycemia on IL-6 responses to exercise in children with type 1 diabetes. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 May; 290(5):E833-9.
  8. Leong SP, Kashani-Sabet M, Desmond RA, Kim RP, Nguyen DH, Iwanaga K, Treseler PA, Allen RE, Morita ET, Zhang Y, Sagebiel RW, Soong SJ. Clinical significance of occult metastatic melanoma in sentinel lymph nodes and other high-risk factors based on long-term follow-up. World J Surg. 2005 Jun; 29(6):683-91.
  9. Park C, Seid P, Morita E, Iwanaga K, Weinberg V, Quivey J, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ, Leong SP. Internal mammary sentinel lymph node mapping for invasive breast cancer: implications for staging and treatment. Breast J. 2005 Jan-Feb; 11(1):29-33.

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