Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Liuska M. Pesce, MD


Clinical Associate Professor
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics  - Endocrinology and Diabetes

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2025 BT
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-3164



MD, Central University of Venezuela, Luis Razetti School of Medicine

Post Doctorate, Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Michael Reese Hospital, University of Illinois at Chicago
Post Doctorate, Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
Internship, Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Residency, Pediatrics, Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship, Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

Licensure and Certifications

Human Subjects Protection (CITI)
American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology
Iowa Controlled Substance License
Permanent Iowa Medical License

Selected Publications

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Pesce L, Bizhanova A, Caraballo J, Westphal W, Butti M, Comellas A, Kopp P.  TSH Regulates Pendrin Membrane Abundance and enhances Iodide Efflux in Thyroid Cells.  Endocrinology.  2012 January. 153(1):512-21.

Comellas A, Briva A, Dada L, Butti M, Trejo H, Yshii C, Azzam Z, Litvan J, Chen J, Lecuona E, Pesce L, Yanagisawa M, Sznajder J.  Endothelin-1 Impairs Alveolar Epithelial Function via Endothelial ET-B Receptor.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med.  2009 January 15. 179(2):113-22.

Kopp P, Pesce L, Solis J.  Pendred Syndrome and iodide transport in the thyroid.  Trends Endocrinol and Metab.  2008 September. 19(7):260-8.

Comellas A, Dada L, Lecuona E, Pesce L, Chandel N, Quesada N, Budinger G, Strous G, Ciechanover A, Sznajder J.  Hypoxia-Mediated Degradation of Na,K-ATPase via Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species and the Ubiquitin-Conjugating System.  Circ Res.  2006 May 26. 98(10):1314-22.

Adir Y, Azzam Z, Lecuona E, Leal S, Pesce L, Dumasius V, Bertorello A, Factor P, Young J, Ridge K, Sznajder J.  Augmentation of endogenous dopamine production increases lung liquid clearanc.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med.  2004 March 15. 169(6):757-63.

Pesce L, Comellas A, Sznajder J.  beta-adrenergic agonists regulate the Na,K-ATPase via the p70s6K.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.  2003 October. 285(4):L802-7.

Lecuona E, Ridge K, Pesce L, Batlle D, Sznajder J.  The GTP-binding protein RhoA mediates Na, K-ATPase exocytosis in alveolar epithelial cells.  Mol Biol Cell.  2003 September. 14(9):3888-97.

Comellas A, Pesce L, Azzam Z, Saldias F, Sznajder J.  Scorpion venom decreases lung liquid clearance in rats.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med.  2003 April 15. 167(8):1064-7.

Saldias F, Comellas A, Pesce L, Lecuona E, Sznajder J.  Dopamine increases lung liquid clearance during mechanical ventilation.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.  2002 July. 283(1):L136-43.

Guerrero C, Lecuona E, Pesce L, Ridge K, Sznajder J.  Dopamine regulates Na-K-ATPase in alveolar epithelial cells via MAPK-ERK-dependent mechanisms.  Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol.  2001 July. 281(1):L9-85.

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