Asthma Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Asthma Center, part of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Director

    A photo of Carolyn Kercsmar.

    Carolyn M. Kercsmar, MD
    Co-Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    carolyn.kercsmar@cchmc.org

    Carolyn M. Kercsmar, MD

    Co-Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Director, Asthma Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Email: carolyn.kercsmar@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland, Ohio, 1972.

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1978.

    MS: Anatomy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1978.

    Publications

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    Faculty

    A photo of Theresa Guilbert.

    Theresa W. Guilbert, MD, MS
    Associate Director, Asthma Center

    513-803-0493

    theresa.guilbert@cchmc.org

    Theresa W. Guilbert, MD, MS

    Associate Director, Asthma Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-0493

    Email: theresa.guilbert@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Preschool wheezing; difficult-to-control asthma

    Research

    Early life risk factors, exposures, and environment interactions; early childhood asthma; recurrent wheezing; clinical electronic medical data

    Biography

    Theresa Guilbert, MD, MS, is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonary and is a professor in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. She is the associate director of the Asthma Center and has 14 years of experience in providing clinical care to children and adolescents with asthma and conducting clinical and epidemiologic research. She has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America for several years. Dr. Guilbert has been elected to serve on the Pulmonology Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Pediatric Planning and the Pediatric Program Committees. In addition, she has trained and mentored several academic pediatric pulmonologists.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1992.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO.

    MS: Epidemiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2007.

    Publications

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    A photo of Julie Malkin.

    Julie R. Malkin, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    julia.malkin@cchmc.org

    Julie R. Malkin, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: julia.malkin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Sleep-disordered breathing in children; asthma

    Education and Training

    BSN: Columbia University, New York NY 1980.

    MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Cincinnati, 1996.

    A photo of Karen McDowell, MD.

    Karen M. McDowell, MD
    Director, Infant Pulmonary Function Lab

    513-636-6771

    karen.mcdowell@cchmc.org

    Karen M. McDowell, MD

    Director, Infant Pulmonary Function Lab

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: karen.mcdowell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Asthma; flexible bronchoscopy; general pediatric pulmonology; quality improvement methodologies; infant pulmonary function test

    Research

    Clinical asthma research; quality improvement methodologies; infant pulmonary function test

    Education and Training

    Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Certification: Pediatric Pulmonology, 1996.

    MD: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1990.

    MS: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, 1986.

    BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1983.

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  • Additional Staff

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    Nursing

    Valerie A. Sackenheim, RN II
    (Supporting Dr. Kercsmar)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Pulmonary
    Certified Asthma Educator, CPN
    513-636-6771
    valerie.sackenheim@cchmc.org

    Shannon Deidesheimer, BSN, RN, AE-C
    (Supporting Dr. McDowell)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Pulmonary
    Certified Asthma Educator
    513-636-6771
    shannon.deidesheimer@cchmc.org

    Janice Gramke, RN I
    (Supporting Julie Malkin)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Pulmonary
    513-636-6771
    janice.gramke@cchmc.org

    Jennifer Tubbs, RN
    (Supporting Dr. Durrani)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Standby (Allergy)
    513-636-9728
    jennifer.tubbs@cchmc.org

    Alyssa Mohr, RN
    (Supporting Dr. Guilbert)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Pulmonary
    513-636-6771
    alyssa.mohr@cchmc.org

    Heather Hayes, RN II
    (Supporting Dr. Durrani)
    Ambulatory Srvs. / Allergy
    513-636-9728
    heather.hayes@cchmc.org

    Respiratory Therapist

    Chuck Grone, RT III, MS
    Asthma Center
    513-636-6771
    charles.grone@cchmc.org

    Social Worker

    Rachel Sackenheim, MSW, LISW
    Pulmonary Social Worker, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
    513-803-2712
    rachel.sackenheim@cchmc.org

    Support Staff

    Rita Havrilla
    Administrative Assistant to:
    Dr. Kercsmar, Dr. McDowell, Dr. Guilbert & Julie Malkin
    513-636-6771
    rita.havrilla@cchmc.org

    Angela Parker
    Administrative Assistant to: Sandy Durrani
    513-636-9728
    angela.parker@cchmc.org

    Application Specialist

    Lisa Gu, CSQE
    Application Specialist, Asthma Center
    513-636-2052
    lijuan.gu@cchmc.org

    Project Manager

    Gregg E. Sabla, B.S, M.Ed.
    Project Manager/ Asthma Center
    513-803-1769
    gregg.sabla@cchmc.org