Roopa Siddaiah, MD

Roopa Siddaiah, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
Pediatric Pulmonology

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Pediatric Pulmonary elective for Medical students

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About Me

Roopa Siddaiah, MD, MBBS, received her medical degree from Mysore Medical College in India, and then completed a pediatrics residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She continued to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.,  to complete a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology. Her research has focused on utilizing exhaled breath condensates to evaluate inflammatory biomarkers in a variety of pediatric pulmonary diseases. Her work has been presented at national and international conferences, and she has been awarded multiple grants. Dr. Siddaiah is an assistant professor in pediatric pulmonology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is also involved with the Penn State Hershey Campus Commission for Women and currently chairs the Nominations and Award Committee. Dr. Siddaiah is passionate about medical student education and has mentored many medical students in their Medical Student Research projects and in career development. She currently facilitates the Health Systems Science Academy course for second-year medical students.


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Professional Education


Medical School, Mysore Medical College - 2001


Residency, Pediatric Pulmonary Winthrop-University Hospital (New York) - 2012

Residency, Pediatrics SUNY Downstate Medical Center - 2009

Research Interests

  • Lung inflammatory biomarkers
  • Proteomic profile in exhaled breath condensate in various lung pathologies including pulmonary hypertension associated with BPD and congenital cardiac defects, cystic fibrosis airway milieu, and RSV bronchiolitis
  • miRNAs


  • 2008 Awarded ‘Pediatric Pulmonary Award’ at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2013 Awarded the Children’s miracle Network grant for the research study: Evaluation of Inflammatory markers in exhaled breath condensate of mechanically ventilated bronchiolitis patients
  • 2013-14 Penn State Milton S. Hershey Patient Satisfaction Award
  • 2014 Awarded the Center for Research on Women and Newborn Health grant for the research study: Role of inflammatory biomarkers in the development of pulmonary hypertension in extremely low birth weight premature infants
  • 2014-15 HCAHPS Peak Performer Patient Satisfaction award
  • 2016-17 HCAHPS Peak Performer Patient Satisfaction award
  • 2018 Invited to present at the Fifth Annual Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Biology Young investigator Forum