Robert Vassallo, M.D.

  1. Pulmonologist
  2. Internist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota


  1. Interstitial lung disease
  • Biology of lung dendritic cells and effect of cigarette smoke on dendritic cell presentation of tumor and exogenous antigens in the lung
  • Cigarette smoking related interstitial lung disease
  • Recognition and initiation of inflammatory cytokine release by macrophages in response to the beta-glucan component of the Pneumocystis carinii cell wall
  1. 2001
    Fellow - Clinician-Investigator Program. Mentor: Andrew H Limper, MDDivision of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 1998
    Resident - Internal MedicineMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1995
    Internship - Internal MedicineSt. Luke's Hospital, Guardamangia, Malta
  4. 1994
    Internship - GeriatricsSt. Vincent de Paule Hospital, Malta
  5. 1994
    Internship - Rotating InternshipSt. Luke's Hospital, Guardamangia, Malta
  6. 1992
    MDUniversity of Malta


  1. 2012
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2001
    Pulmonary DiseaseAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2003
    Parker B. Francis Fellow in Pulmonary ResearchHarvard School of Public Health
  2. 2002
    Cecile Lehman Award for basic science presentation in lung diseasesAmerican College of Chest Physicians International Conference 2002
  3. 2001
    Henry Christian AwardAmerican Federation for Medical Research
  4. 2001
    Young Investigator AwardAmerican Federation for Medical Research
  5. 2000
    Burgher Fellow in Pulmonary DiseasesMayo Foundation
  6. 2000
    CHEST Foundation Young Investigator AwardAmerican College of Chest Physicians
  7. 1999
    Trainee Travel AwardAmerican Federation for Medical Research/ Experimental Biology Meeting, Washington
  8. 1999
    Finalist for CHEST Foundation Alfred Soffer Research AwardAmerican College of Chest Physicians International Conference
  9. 1998
    Internal Medicine Resident Outstanding Achievement AwardMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  10. 1998
    Hartz Foundation Young InvestigatorAwarding Organization
  11. 1998
    Midwest Trainee Investigator AwardCentral Society for Clinical Research (CSCR) and American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) Regional Meetings, Chicago
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Professional memberships

  1. 2013
    Associate Chair for ResearchDivision of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  2. 2013 - present
    Active MemberClinician Investigator Training Program
  3. 2006 - present
    MemberProgram in Translational Immunovirology and Biodefense
  4. 2005 - present
    MemberAmerican Histiocytosis Association
  5. 2004 - present
    MemberClinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics Program
  6. 2001 - present
    MemberPulmonary/CC Education Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  7. 1999
    MemberPublications Committee, Association of Professors of Medicine
  8. 1999 - present
    MemberAmerican Thoracic Society
  9. 1998 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Chest Physicians
    Associate MemberAmerican College of Physicians
    Associate MemberAmerican Medical Association
    Associate ChairClinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics Program
    ChairEndovascular Issues Task Force, Clinical Practice Committee - Arizona, Executive Operations Team - Arizona
    FellowAmerican College of Chest Physicians
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
    MemberAmerican Thoracic Society
    MemberFederation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
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Research activities

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