• We Care about Every Breath Children Take

    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.”

    Why We Stand Out 

    • Our new lung transplant program is one of the very few able to treat infants as small as 5 kilograms (11 pounds). 
    • Doctors from throughout the United States and other nations can refer children with difficult-to-treat asthma to our Asthma Complex Care Center. In its first two years, the center already has improved asthma control for more children while reducing unnecessary emergency department visits.
    • We are working with area pediatricians and school districts to create several asthma-free school buildings.  
    • Our care teams are using new smartphone applications that allow children with cystic fibrosis to send daily condition updates to their physicians – a significant improvement over regular office visits. This advance is just one result of our leadership in a national Chronic Collaborative Care Network funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  
    • Our pulmonary research teams are developing patient-derived model systems to test and match new therapies to patients. 
    • Our Upper Airway Center is transforming care for children with sleep apnea who have not responded well to initial treatments.  
    • Our Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research has developed a groundbreaking method that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to peer inside the lungs. This approach gathers images that are just as useful as CT scanning, but without the long-term risks of radiation exposure.