Mario Castro, MD, MPH
Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee Chair, ACRC Principal Investigator, Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel
Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine, Missouri
Dr. Castro is the Alan A. and Edith L. Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and also serves as an adjunct associate professor of community health at the St. Louis University School of Public Health.
As a volunteer with the Lung Association since 1994, Castro has served as president of the board for American Lung Association in Missouri and American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region. He has also served as a member of the Lung Association's Scientific Advisory Committee since 2003 and is currently a member of the Lung Association's National Board of Directors.
He serves as the principal investigator for the St. Louis site of the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and Chairs the Protocol Committee for ACRC. Dr. Castro is following children from very early in life and looking at how their genetic, biologic and immune responses as well as their environment are coming together to cause some of them to develop asthma (NIH RSV Bronchiolitis in Early Life (RBEL) study). He is also studying what causes asthma through the NIH Asthma and Allergic Disease Clinical Research Center (AADCRC) grant and what makes severe asthma different from milder forms Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP).
In addition to his work with the American Lung Association, Castro serves on the Board of the International Medical Assistance Foundation, St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium and as an abstract reviewer for the American Thoracic Society. He also served on the National Asthma Educator Certification Board from 2000-2005.
Castro received his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1988 and his Masters in Public Health from the St. Louis University School of Public Health in 1998.