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Kathryn S. Robinett, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Assistant Dean for Admissions


110 S PACA St Room: 2N-151

Phone (Primary):

410 328-8141


410 328-0177

Education and Training

Bachelor of Arts - Chemistry, Virginia Tech

Medical Doctorate - University of Maryland School of Medicine

Internal Medicine Internship and Residency - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship - University of Maryland


Dr. Robinett graduated with honors from Virginia Tech with a BA in Chemistry. She went on to complete her M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill she completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine. After that, she returned to the University of Maryland School of Medicine for fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and after fellowship she stayed on as faculty with a specific clinical focus on severe asthma.  She also attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at both the UMMS Downtown and Midtown. In addition to her clinical work, she is the Assistant Dean for Admissions of the School of Medicine.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Severe Asthma, Bitter Taste Receptors, Medical Education, Admissions, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Highlighted Publications

Despande DA, Wang WC, McIlmoyle EL, Robinett KS, Schillinger RM, An SS, Sham JS, Liggett SB. Bitter taste receptors of airway smooth muscle bronchodilate by localized calcium signaling and reverse obstruction. Nat Med. Nov;16(11):1299-1304, 2010. PMID: 20972434

Deshpande DA, Robinett KS, Wang WC, Sham JSK, An SS, Liggett SB. Bronchodilator activity of bitter tastants in human tissue. Nat Med. July (17):776-778 2011 PMID: 21738150

Robinett KS, Deshpande DA, Malone MM, Liggett SB. Agonist-promoted homologous desensitization of human airway smooth muscle bitter taste receptors. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. Nov;45(5):1069-74, 2011 PMID: 21642585

An SS, Robinett KS, Deshpande DA, Wang WC, Liggett SB. Reply to: Activation of BK channels may not be required for bitter tastant induced bronchodilation.  Nat Med. May 4; 18(5):650-1, 2012 PMID: 22561815

Robinett KS, Weiler B, Verceles AC. Invasive aspergillosis masquerading as catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome. Am J Crit Care. Sep; 22(5):448-51, 2013 PMID: 23996427

Robinett KS, Koziol-White CJ, Akoluk A, An SS, Panettieri Jr RA, Liggett SB. Bitter Taste Receptor Function in Asthmatic and Non-asthmatic Human Airway Smooth Muscle Cells. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. Apr; 50(4):678-83. 2014 PMID: 24219573

Robinett K, Kareem R, Reavis K, Quezada S. A multi-pronged, antiracist approach to optimize equity in medical school admissions. Med Educ. 2021 June 26 PMID: 34174108BS