Rory John Kamerman-Kretzmer, M.D.
- Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Philosophy of Care
It is an honor to serve patients and their families. I believe that effective, compassionate subspecialty pediatric care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults happens within the context of an enduring partnership with each patient and their family members. Whether treating a previously-healthy patient for a cough or helping to coordinate the care of a patient with multiple complex respiratory conditions, my goal is to match my patient's and their family's goals with the medical therapies most likely to contribute to their quality of life, health, growth, development, and sense of well-being.
While pediatric pulmonologists are sometimes referred to as "lung specialists," I also like to think of us as "breathing specialists" because we consider how each organ system affects healthy breathing. I try to remember that each patient and family is unique so that we can all understand a child's (or adolescent's) breathing better, find the scientific evidence-based treatment options that best meet a patient's needs and their family's goals and develop an enduring therapeutic partnership.
The effective care of respiratory disorders requires a team, and I am fortunate to work with a supportive group of multidisciplinary health professionals including other physician specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, and social workers.
Outside of the hospital, my family and I enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with our dogs.
Dr. Kamerman-Kretzmer ("Dr. Rory") is a pediatric pulmonologist offering care for children with respiratory conditions or disorders of the lungs and breathing. His interests include aerodigestive disorders, the pulmonary effects of prematurity and bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary hypertension, the care of children dependent upon technology (such as long-term or home mechanical ventilation), rare lung disease (including childhood interstitial lung disease), and the use of flexible bronchoscopy to diagnose airway problems. He also assists in the care of children with leukodystrophies if they require a pulmonologist.
Dr. Kamerman-Kretzmer has participated in research teams studying long-term (home) ventilation, telehealth, asthma, and rare breathing and lung disorders. Because there is a shortage of pediatric pulmonologists in practice, he also has a passion for teaching pediatric respiratory medicine to students, physicians-in-training, and other health professionals.
M.D., Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2011
B.S., Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA 2007
Internship: Pediatrics, UCSF Fresno, Fresno and Madera CA 2011-2012
Pediatrics, UCSF Fresno, Fresno and Madera CA 2012-2014
Pediatrics (Chief Resident), UCSF Fresno, Fresno and Madera CA 2014-2015
Pediatric Pulmonology Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA 2015-2018
American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics,
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology,
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Thoracic Society
Honors and Awards
Sacramento's Top Doctors, Sacramento Magazine, 2019, 2020, 2021
Golden Apple Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, UC Davis, 2020, 2021
Valley Children's Hospital Resident Pediatric Hospitalist Award, 2014
UCSF Fresno Pediatrics Resident Excellence in Teaching 2012, 2013, 2014
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Haynes SC, Kamerman-Kretzmer R, Khan SS, Crossen S, Lieng MK, Marcin JP, Kenyon NJ, Kim CH. Telemedicine Use for Pediatric Asthma Care: A Mixed Methods Study. J Asthma. 2021 Dec 16:1-14. doi:10.1080/02770903.2021.2019265. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34913803.
Rosenthal JL, Sigal IS, Kamerman-Kretzmer R, Say DS, Castellanos B, Nguyen S, Nakra NA, Restrepo B, Crossen SS. Increasing Use of Ambulatory Video Visits for Pediatric Patients by Using Quality Improvement Methods. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2021 Jun 23;6(4):e424. doi:10.1097/pq9.0000000000000424. PMID:34179675.
Rao DR, Kopp B, Kamerman-Kretzmer RJ, Afolabi F, Liptzin DR, Balasubramaniam V, Sadreameli SC. Advocacy Considerations for the Pediatric Pulmonologist in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Jun;18(6):942-945. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.202008-1022PS. PMID:33544048.
Takeda MR, Bansal M, Kamerman-Kretzmer RJ, Church J, Ji J, Warren M. Bronchiectasis and Bronchiolectasis With Severe Herniating Pattern Associated With STAT1 Gain-of-Function Mutation: Detailed Clinicopathological Findings. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2021 Mar-Apr;24(2):131-136. doi:10.1177/1093526620985950. Epub 2021 Jan 13. PMID:33439110.
Sohn EY, Peck K, Kamerman-Kretzmer R, Kato R, Keens TG, Davidson Ward SL. Comparison of SIMV+PS and AC modes in chronically ventilated children and effects on speechg. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020 Oct 2. doi:10.1002/ppul.25102. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33006249.
Kasi AS, Kamerman-Kretzmer RJ. Cough. Pediatr Rev. 2019 Apr;40(4):157-167. doi:10.1542/pir.2018-0116. PMID:30936397.
Hong H, Kamerman-Kretzmer R, Kato R, Rosser T, VanHirtum-Das M, Davidson Ward SL. Case Report of Pediatric Channelopathies With UNC80 and KCNJ11 Mutations Having Abnormal Respiratory Control Treated With Positive Airway Pressure Therapy. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Aug 15;14(8):1419-1425. doi:10.5664/jcsm.7288. PMID:30092901.