Paolo Pianosi

Professor, Division Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Dr. Pianosi is Canadian by birth, of Italian origin, and thus hold multiple citizenships. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto, completed a pediatric residency at the University of Ottawa (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario), and pediatric respiratory medicine fellowship at McGill University (Montreal Children's Hospital.

After his training, he went on to become an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, then Associate Professor with tenure at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After practicing in Canada for 15 years, he moved to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he practiced for another 12 years, reaching Full Professor level in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

In April of 2017 he moved to King's College Hospital, where he spent a little more than a year, but eventually opted to return to the University of Minnesota where he believed he would have the best opportunity to pursue research in an existing exercise testing lab for pediatric subjects.

Research Summary

In recent years, I have turned my attention to studying the clinical problem of dyspnea in children and adolescents. I see many patients with this complaint in clinic, and it turns out that approximately 1/4 patients with POTS report dyspnea as a prominent and sometimes disabling symptom. I have begun collaboration with an expert in cardiovascular pathophysiology in POTS out of New York Medical College. Nevertheless, the overarching theme of my recent work is dyspnea during exercise, to wit I created and validated pictorial, pediatric dyspnea scales. I wish to understand mechanisms of exertional dyspnea in children and adolescents - both those with cardiopulmonary disease and healthy subjects.

Clinical Summary

Asthma; CF; chronic lung disease of prematurity


MD, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Research Fellowship in Pediatric Respirology,
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Respirology,
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Specialty Certification,
Royal College of Pediatrics & Child Health
United Kingdom

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Canada
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Honors and Recognition

Excellence in Faculty Engagement, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023)
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine



Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
RPB550 - 8961B
2450 Riverside Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454