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photo Corrine R. Kliment, MD, PhD

Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-624-7441

Office: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-7441
Fax: 412-624-1670
Administrative Assistant:
Jackie Harden
Address: UPMC Montefiore Hospital, NW628
3459 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-624-7441
Fax: 412-624-1670
Education and Training
MD (MSTP), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2011
PhD (Cellular and Molecular Pathology), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2009
BS (Biochemistry), University of Nebraska, 2004
Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2018
Internal Medicine Resident, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard, 2014
Research Interest
Our laboratory is interested in identifying new molecular pathways in epithelial biology in the pathogenesis of tissue remodeling in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis to improve therapeutic options for patients. Our lab specifically studies the role of adenine nucleotide translocase (a canonical mitochondrial ADP/ATP transporter) in the airway and alveolar epithelium of the lung in the context of cigarette smoking-related lung disease and lung fibrosis. We want to better understand how in health and disease ANT regulates epithelial function through cell metabolism and cellular senescence, as well as, airway epithelial homeostasis through surface hydration and the action of tiny motile cilia in the airway. We utilize a repertoire of relevant murine models of injury, molecular genetic approaches, in vitro biochemical assays, and human bio-samples to examine epithelial cell homeostasis in the lung.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Kliment's clinical specialty is in the care of patients with acute and chronic respiratory failure and critical illness. Her clinical service is focused in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital, focused on the care of critically ill patients and their families. She also attends on the Pulmonary consultation and Advanced Lung Disease services.
Educational Interest
Dr. Kliment is actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of medical students, MD/PhD students, graduate students, residents and fellows in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She is interested in training the next generation of physician-scientists interested in the cellular and molecular pathology of the lung.
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Selected Publications:
Kliment CR, Araki T, Doyle TJ, Gao W, Dupuis J, Latourelle JC, Zazueta OE, Fernandez IE, Nishino M, Okajima Y, Ross JC, Estepar RS, Diaz AA, Lederer DJ, Schwartz DA, Silverman EK, Rosas IO, Washko GR, O'Connor GT, Hatabu H. A comparison of visual and quantitative methods to identify interstitial lung abnormalities. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 2015; 15: 134.
Gregory AD, Kliment CR, Metz HE, Kim KH, Kargl J, Agostini BA, Crum LT, Oczypok EA, Oury TA, Houghton AM. Neutrophil elastase promotes myofibroblast differentiation in lung fibrosis. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2015; 98(2): 143-52.
Kliment CR, Englert JM, Cru LP, Oury TD. A novel method for accurate collagen and biochemical assessment of pulmonary tissue utilizing one animal. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology. 2011; 4(4): 349-5.
Kliment CR, Oury TD. Extracellular superoxide dismutase protects cardiovascular syndecan-1 from oxidative shedding. Free Radical Biology & Medicine. 2011; 50(9): 1075-80.
Kliment CR, Oury TD. Oxidative stress, extracellular matrix targets, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Free Radical Biology & Medicine. 2010; 49(5): 707-17.
Houghton AM, Rzymkiewicz DM, Ji H, Gregory AD, Egea EE, Metz HE, Stolz DB, Land SR, Marconcini LA, Kliment CR, Jenkins KM, Beaulieu KA, Mouded M, Frank SJ, Wong KK, Shapiro SD. Neutrophil elastase-mediated degradation of IRS-1 accelerates lung tumor growth. Nature Medicine. 2010; 16(2): 219-23.
Kliment CR, Englert JM, Gochuico BR, Yu G, Kaminski N, Rosas I, Oury TD. Oxidative stress alters syndecan-1 distribution in lungs with pulmonary fibrosis. JBC. 2009; 284(6): 3537-45.
Kliment CR, Suliman HB, Tobolewski JM, Reynolds CM, Day BJ, Zhu X, McTiernan CF, McGaffin KR, Piantadosi CA, Oury TD. Extracellular superoxide dismutase regulates cardiac function and fibrosis. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 2009; 47(5): 730-42.
Myllarniemi M, Lindholm P, Ryynanen MJ, Kliment CR, Salmenkivi K, Keski-Oja J, Kinnula VL, Oury TD, Koli K. Gremlin-mediated decrease in bone morphogenetic protein signaling promotes pulmonary fibrosis. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2008; 177(3): 321-9.
Kliment CR, Tobolewski JM, Manni ML, Tan RJ, Enghild J, Oury TD. Extracellular superoxide dismutase protects against matrix degradation of heparan sulfate in the lung. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling. 2008; 10(2): 261-8.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: The Role of Adenine Nucleotide Transocase in the Protection of Airway Epithelial Cells in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: K08 HL141595
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2023
Title: Role of Adenine Nucleotide Translocase in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Parker B. Francis Foundation
Start Year: 2018
End Year: 2019
Notable Achievements
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, 2018
NIH K08 Early Career Mentored Research Award - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 2018
Parker B. Francis Fellowship, 2018
Pittsburgh International Lung Conference, Outstanding Scientific Research Award, 2018
Johns Hopkins Young Investigators Day -Physician Scientist Award, 2018
Johns Hopkins Pulmonary Medicine COPD Pilot Award, 2016
National Research Service Award (NRSA) F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship - NHLBI, 2016
Johns Hopkins Baurenschmidt Research Fellowship, 2015
American Society of Cell Biology “Best Cell Stories of 2015” Abstract Honors Pick, 2015
Young Investigators Respiratory Research Forum 2015, 2015