Jane M. Garbutt, M.D.  jgarbutt@wustl.edu

Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine
Co-Unit Leader Patient Orientated Research Unit
GMSPatient Oriented Research UnitAllergy, Immunology and Pulmonary MedicineDepartment of Medicine

phone: 314-454-8613

Research Interests

Most recently, my research has focused on pediatric asthma. The morbidity from this common childhood disease is significant, and most patients are managed by their community pediatrician. I conducted several cross-sectional studies to better understand asthma management locally. In response to frustration from local pediatricians about patients' non-adherence to inhaled corticosteroids for maintenance care, I collaborated with Dr. Robert Strunk, a nationally respected pediatric asthma specialist and researcher, to develop and evaluate a peer-coaching telephone-based intervention for parents of children with asthma. Our pragmatic intervention built on Dr Strunk's earlier work and was designed to augment primary care asthma management. We evaluated the 12-month program in a cluster randomized trial within our practice-based research network, recruiting 22 practices and 948 families. The program was well accepted by parents and physicians and was effective, especially for families with Medicaid insurance.


  • MBBS, Bristol University1977


  • Family Practice Resident, Wellesley Hospital1978 - 1980
  • Resident, University of Toronto1986 - 1990
  • Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine1995 - 1998


  • Norman P. Knowlton Jr., MD, Incentive for Excellence Fellowship Award, Barnes-Jewish Hospital1995
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service, Washington University2013

Selected Publications view all (10)

  1. Garbutt JM, Miller W, Dodd S, Bobenhouse N, Sterkel R, Strunk RC. Parental Use of Electronic Cigarettes. Acad Pediatr. 2015. doi:10.1016/j.acap.2015.06.013  PMID:26306662  
  2. Plax K, Garbutt J, Kaushik GN. HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Among High-Risk Youths: Supporting Positive Opportunities With Teens (SPOT) Youth Center. Am J Public Health. 2015;105(7):1394-8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302569  PMID:25973833  
  3. Garbutt JM, Yan Y, Highstein G, Strunk RC. A cluster-randomized trial shows telephone peer coaching for parents reduces children's asthma morbidity. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015;135(5):1163-70.e1-2. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.09.033  PMCID:PMC4416070  PMID:25445827  
  4. Garbutt JM, Sylvia S, Rook S, Schmandt M, Ruby-Ziegler C, Luby J, Strunk RC. Peer training to improve parenting and childhood asthma management skills: a pilot study. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015;114(2):148-9. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2014.10.023  PMCID:PMC4308445  PMID:25524747  
  5. Nelson KA, Garbutt JM, Wallendorf MJ, Trinkaus KM, Strunk RC. Primary care visits for asthma monitoring over time and association with acute asthma visits for urban Medicaid-insured children. J Asthma. 2014;51(9):907-12. doi:10.3109/02770903.2014.927483  PMID:24894745  
  6. Ahmad FA, Jeffe DB, Plax K, Collins KK, Schechtman KB, Doerhoff DE, Garbutt J, Jaffe DM. Computerized self-interviews improve Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing among youth in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med. 2014;64(4):376-84. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.01.031  PMCID:PMC4156563  PMID:24612901  
  7. Rader RK, Mullen KB, Sterkel R, Strunk RC, Garbutt JM. Opportunities to reduce children's excessive consumption of calories from beverages. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(11):1047-54. doi:10.1177/0009922814540989  PMCID:PMC4157093  PMID:24990366  
  8. Garbutt JM, Sterkel R, Mullen KB, Conlon B, Leege E, Bloomberg G, Strunk RC. Using parental perceptions of childhood allergic rhinitis to inform primary care management. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(8):758-63. doi:10.1177/0009922814533590  PMCID:PMC4222999  PMID:24803628  
  9. Yan Y, Wu W, Strunk RC, Garbutt J. Use of factor analysis models to evaluate measurement invariance property of the Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ). Qual Life Res. 2014;23(2):509-13. doi:10.1007/s11136-013-0474-x  PMCID:PMC3895493  PMID:23868459  
  10. Khoong EC, Gibbert WS, Garbutt JM, Sumner W, Brownson RC. Rural, suburban, and urban differences in factors that impact physician adherence to clinical preventive service guidelines. J Rural Health. 2014;30(1):7-16. doi:10.1111/jrh.12025  PMCID:PMC3882340  PMID:24383480