• Improving Life for Children with Lung Disease

    Most people take 17,000 breaths a day without even thinking about it. But for children with lung disease, breathing isn't always so easy.

    At Cincinnati Children's, we want every child to be able to blow out the candles on their next birthday cake. Our pulmonary medicine program is ranked No. 2 in the country in the 2014-15 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

    And we continue to grow. We have added a new center of excellence for patients with difficult-to-treat obstructive sleep apnea, a program for complex asthma care and launched a lung transplant program. We also have expanded our clinical translational and basic science research in cystic fibrosis.

    “Our transplant program completes the spectrum of care that we provide. It provides a wider range of treatment options and will help extend life expectancy for children with chronic respiratory failure,” says Raouf Amin, MD, director of Pulmonary Medicine.

    Nine years ago, our pulmonary program included eight specialists in pediatric lung disease. Now our team includes 28 physicians and researchers who help children with asthma, cystic fibrosis (CF), sleep disorders and a variety of rare lung disorders. 

    Why We Stand Out

    • With the launch of our Lung Transplant Program, Cincinnati Children’s now provides every type of organ transplantation that severely ill children may need.
    • Doctors from throughout the US and other nations can refer children with difficult-to-treat asthma to our new Asthma Complex Care Center. This day hospital offers same-day access to a team of pulmonologists, allergists, psychologists, social workers and dieticians who can provide a significantly deeper level of care and education than can be provided during a standard office visit.
    • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has chosen Cincinnati Children’s to lead a national Chronic Collaborative Care Network that will improve research and treatment. Similar to an inflammatory bowel disease network created several years ago, this new approach will improve information sharing about best practices, expand peer-to-peer support, and accelerate research through better data gathering. Learn more about our CF Center.
    • Our Upper Airway Center is transforming care for children with sleep apnea who have not responded well to initial treatments.
    • Our Pulmonary Imaging Research Center is developing novel ways to assess lung conditions while reducing the need for invasive surgical biopsies.