Cecilia Patino Sutton, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences (Educational Scholar)

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Research Interests:
* Asthma
Epidemiology: The prevalence and severity of asthma world-wide.
Implementation Science: Using clinical tools that measure asthma control to improve outcomes
* Tobacco Control
Implementation Science: Targeting physicians to reduce the use of Tobacco in Developing Countries
* Patient Reported Outcomes (e.g., Asthma Control, Health Related Quality of Life)
* Training in Clinical Translational Research Worldwide and its impact on the quality of research

Cecilia M. Patino-Sutton is a Medical Doctor trained in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and in Medical Education at the School of Medicine, National University of Cordoba, Argentina. During 17 years she worked as a clinical practitioner and had was appointed in the Department of Histology, Cellular Biology and Embryology where she taught 2nd year medical students. She then continued her training in clinical research and epidemiology at the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Johns Hopkins University (Fellowship), and University of Southern California (PhD), respectively.

As a researcher she has been involved in describing the burden of Allergic Rhinitis, Eczema, and Asthma in children and adults in Argentina as well as asthma specific mortality rates. These studies lead to actively promoting Asthma guidelines during the 1990’s for the treatment and management of this chronic respiratory disease nation-wide. She was also involved in describing the high prevalence of tobacco use among Argentine generalist and specialists, and its association with knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes towards tobacco use. These studies lead to a country wide campaign against tobacco use among medical doctors and to the first restrictive policies of tobacco use within medical professional venues.

In the United States, she has focused on Provider-Patient communication about asthma control during the clinical encounter in diverse populations (Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic) and its’ effect on poor asthma control; as well as accurately measuring patient reported outcomes such as asthma control and general and health specific quality of life. She has maintained her interest in education and is currently an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and the Director of Education of the Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute at USC where she has been involved in developing curriculum for graduate students and clinically oriented professionals focused on a research career in promoting and accelerating research across the translational spectrum.

She takes great pride in being part of a global educational program MECOR (Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operational Research) for developing countries sponsored by the American Thoracic Society; and has been teaching clinical research methodology in English, Spanish and Portuguese to health care providers interested in respiratory diseases across Latin America, Africa, and Turkey for the past 15 years.


  • Receiver operating characteristic analysis: an ally in the pandemic J Bras Pneumol. 2021 Apr 30; 47(2):e20210139. . View in PubMed
  • Reporting guidelines: essential tools for manuscript writing in medical research J Bras Pneumol. 2021 Mar 08; 47(1):e20210057. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of Visual Field Loss on Vision-Specific Quality of Life in African Americans: The African American Eye Disease Study Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 09; 229:52-62. . View in PubMed
  • Meta-analyses: a primer for clinicians J Bras Pneumol. 2021 01 08; 46(6):e20200609. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers and facilitators to populational adherence to prevention and control measures of COVID-19 and other respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis protocol BMJ Open. 2021 01 29; 11(1):e045529. . View in PubMed
  • Systematic reviews: a brief overview J Bras Pneumol. 2020 Nov 02; 46(5):e20200475. . View in PubMed
  • Case series: an essential study design to build knowledge and pose hypotheses for rare and new diseases J Bras Pneumol. 2020 Sep 07; 46(4):e20200389. . View in PubMed
  • Patient- and proxy-reported outcome measures instruments for the assessment of asthma control among adult and pediatric population: A protocol for systematic review Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 May; 99(19):e20078. . View in PubMed
  • Estimating risk in clinical studies: odds ratio and risk ratio J Bras Pneumol. 2020 Apr 17; 46(2):e20200137. . View in PubMed
  • Personalized training pathways for translational science trainees: Building on a framework of knowledge, skills, and abilities across the translational science spectrum J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Apr; 4(2):102-107. . View in PubMed
  • Psychometric evaluation of the Brazilian version of the pediatric asthma control and communication instrument Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 08; 55(8):1900-1907. . View in PubMed
  • Measures of frequency: calculating prevalence and incidence in the era of COVID-19 J Bras Pneumol. 2020 06 15; 46(3):e20200243. . View in PubMed
  • Number needed to treat: a useful statistic to evaluate the impact of an intervention J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Dec 09; 45(6):e20190371. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical practice guidelines: how do they help clinicians and patients make important decisions about health? J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Oct 10; 45(5):e20190321.. View in PubMed
  • Case reports: narratives highlighting clinical experiences that inform practice and future research studies J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Aug 15; 45(4):e20190251. . View in PubMed
  • Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument: translation into Portuguese and cross-cultural adaptation for use in Brazil J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Jun 27; 45(3):e20180169. . View in PubMed
  • How to prepare and present a poster at a conference and communicate your research findings effectively J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Jun 27; 45(3):e20190167. . View in PubMed
  • Loss to follow-up and missing data: important issues that can affect your study results J Bras Pneumol. 2019 Apr 25; 45(2):e20190091. . View in PubMed
  • Writing an effective response to reviewers: the goal is to improve the study and get it published! J Bras Pneumol 2019 Feb 28; 45(1):e20190020. . View in PubMed
  • Why do we care? J Bras Pneumol. 2018 Nov-Dec; 44(6):448.. View in PubMed
  • Meeting the assumptions of statistical tests: an important and often forgotten step to reporting valid results J Bras Pneumol. 2018 Sep-Oct; 44(5):353. . View in PubMed
  • Twelve tips to write an abstract for a conference: advice for young and experienced investigators J Bras Pneumol. 2018 Jul-Aug; 44(4):260. . View in PubMed
  • Internal and external validity: can you apply research study results to your patients? J Bras Pneumol. 2018 May-Jun; 44(3):183.. View in PubMed
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria in research studies: definitions and why they matter J Bras Pneumol. 2018 Apr; 44(2):84. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding diagnostic testsPart 3. J Bras Pneumol. 2018 Jan-Feb; 44(1):4. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding diagnostic testsPart 2. J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Nov-Dec; 43(6):408. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding diagnostic testsPart 1. J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Sep-Oct; 43(5):330. . View in PubMed
  • Prognostic studies for health care decision making J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Jul-Aug; 43(4):252. . View in PubMed
  • Translation and cultural adaptation of a specific instrument for measuring asthma control and asthma status: the Asthma Control and Communication Instrument J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Jul-Aug; 43(4):264-269. . View in PubMed
  • Subgroup analysis and interaction tests: why they are important and how to avoid common mistakes J Bras Pneumol. 2017 May-Jun; 43(3):162. . View in PubMed
  • Propensity scores: a tool to help quantify treatment effects in observational studies J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Mar-Apr; 43(2):86. . View in PubMed
  • The Community Mentorship Program: Providing Community-Engagement Opportunities for Early-Stage Clinical and Translational Scientists to Facilitate Research Translation Acad Med. 2017 02; 92(2):209-213. . View in PubMed
  • Types of outcomes in clinical research J Bras Pneumol. 2017 Jan-Feb; 43(1):5. . View in PubMed
  • Developing research questions that make a difference J Bras Pneumol. 2016 Nov-Dec; 42(6):403. . View in PubMed
  • Randomization: beyond tossing a coin J Bras Pneumol. 2016 Sep-Oct; 42(5):310. . View in PubMed
  • Test for trend: evaluating dose-response effects in association studies J Bras Pneumol. 2016 Jul-Aug; 42(4):240. . View in PubMed
  • Choosing wisely between randomized controlled trials and observational designs in studies about interventions J Bras Pneumol. 2016 May-Jun; 42(3):165. . View in PubMed
  • What is the importance of calculating sample size? J Bras Pneumol. 2016 Apr; 42(2):162.. View in PubMed
  • The use of inhaled antibiotic therapy in the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia and tracheobronchitis: a systematic review BMC Pulm Med. 2016 Mar 08; 16:40. . View in PubMed
  • What is survival analysis, and when should I use it? J Bras Pneumol. 2016 Jan-Feb; 42(1):77.. View in PubMed
  • Translational Science Meeting Individual Development Plan: A tool to advance the careers of clinical and translational researchers in training. 2016. . View in PubMed
  • Confidence intervals: a useful statistical tool to estimate effect sizes in the real world J Bras Pneumol. 2015 Nov-Dec; 41(6):565-6. . View in PubMed
  • What does the p value really mean? J Bras Pneumol. 2015 Sep-Oct; 41(5):485.. View in PubMed
  • Emphysema and DLCO predict a clinically important difference for 6MWD decline in COPD Respir Med. 2015 Jul; 109(7):882-9. . View in PubMed
  • The Community Mentorship Program: Enhancing Translational Skills through Community Engagement 2015. . View in PubMed
  • Validation of parental reports of asthma trajectory, burden, and risk by using the pediatric asthma control and communication instrument J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2014 Mar-Apr; 2(2):186-92. . View in PubMed
  • Approaches to preparing young scholars for careers in interdisciplinary team science J Investig Med. 2014 Jan; 62(1):14-25. . View in PubMed
  • Predicting future asthma exacerbations using the Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument (PACCI) . 2014. . View in PubMed
  • Respiratory syncytial virus infection as a cause of hospitalization in population under 1 year in Colombia J Pediatr (Rio J). 2013 Nov-Dec; 89(6):544-8. . View in PubMed
  • The Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument asthma questionnaire: for use in diverse children of all ages J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jul; 132(1):55-62. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of change in visual field on health-related quality of life the los angeles latino eye study Ophthalmology. 2011 Jul; 118(7):1310-7. . View in PubMed
  • Central and peripheral visual impairment and the risk of falls and falls with injuryOphthalmology. 2010 Feb; 117(2):199-206. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Rhinitis symptoms and habitual snoring in Ecuadorian children Sleep Med. 2009 Oct; 10(9):1035-9. . View in PubMed
  • Does higher body mass index contribute to worse asthma control in an urban population? J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Aug; 124(2):207-12.. View in PubMed
  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Construct Validity of the Pediatric Asthma Control and Communication Instrument. 2009. . View in PubMed
  • The Asthma Control and Communication Instrument: a clinical tool developed for ethnically diverse populationsJ Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Nov; 122(5):936-943. e6. . View in PubMed
  • Patient factors used by pediatricians to assign asthma treatment Pediatrics. 2008 Jul; 122(1):e195-201. . View in PubMed
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