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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.
Be it complex asthma care, cystic fibrosis, ventilator-dependent children or other airway and lung diseases severe enough to require a lung transplant, we work every day to make every breath easier for children. Our pulmonary medicine program is ranked No. 1 in the country in the 2015-16 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
The pulmonary program at Cincinnati Children’s has grown to become one of the nation’s largest, with a full spectrum of services to treat the most common to the most unusual lung conditions. Our faculty includes senior leaders in every subspecialty of lung care, and no other program conducts more research.
“We are a center of innovation for pulmonary care,” says Raouf Amin, MD, director of Pulmonary Medicine. “We are leaders at collaborating across specialties to meet every need our patients may have and that spirit of collaboration extends beyond our hospital walls. Especially in cystic fibrosis and asthma care, we are reaching out to wider communities to transform care.”
A decade 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.
Our commitment to excellence explains why the family of 14-month-old Ghadah Alrashidi traveled from Saudi Arabia for their daughter to become the first child to receive a lung transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. Ghadah was born Sept. 29, 2013, with a rare lung disease caused by a genetic mutation. Her gene mutation affected only her lungs, which meant a lung transplant could cure her condition.
“Cincinnati Children’s offered more than we ever could have expected,” says Faleh Alrashidi, Ghadah’s father. “Going from a ventilator to full recovery is something that I just can’t describe. I hope to see her at school. I hope to see her working. I hope to see her as a bride.”
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