Rare Lung Diseases Program

  • Meet the Team

    The Rare Lung Diseases Program 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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    Program director

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    Raouf S. Amin, MD
    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    raouf.amin@cchmc.org

    Raouf S. Amin, MD

    Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Director, Rare Lung Diseases Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: raouf.amin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Chronic respiratory failure; sleep disorders in children

    Biography

    Raouf S. Amin, MD, is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He graduated from the University of Ain Shams in Cairo Egypt in 1977. Dr. Amin received clinical training in the United Kingdom and the United States. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1993. His research focus is on cardiovascular morbidity of sleep disordered breathing in children. He has several funded protocols from the National Institute of Health.

    Education and Training

    MD: Aim Shams University, Cairo Egypt, 1978.

    Residency: Pediatrics; Michigan State University, Flint, MI.

    Certification: Pediatrics 1990; Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 1994; Sleep Medicine 1995.

    Publications

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    Director of translational research

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    Bruce C. Trapnell, MS, MD
    Assistant Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center

    513-636-6361

    bruce.trapnell@cchmc.org

    Bruce C. Trapnell, MS, MD

    Assistant Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center

    Attending Physician

    Pulmonologist - Research, Adult Clinical, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6361

    Fax: 513-636-3723

    Email: bruce.trapnell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis; cystic fibrosis; alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency; other rare lung disorders

    Research Interests

    Alveolar macrophage function; molecular techniques using gene knockout, transgenic and conditional gene expression mouse models and non-human primates, in vitro and in vivo viral gene transfer, and bone marrow transplantation

    Biography

    Bruce Trapnell, MS, MD received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1985, and completed a medical residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of health, where he then served as Senior Attending Physician. Subsequently, he established the Division of Pulmonary and Virology Studies at Genetic Therapy, Inc., a subsidiary of Novartis, Pharma, serving as Vice President before joining Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he is now Full Professor.

    Dr. Trapnell has conducted lung disease research since his training and has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2001, shortly after his arrival in Cincinnati. He has published over 90 original articles and has trained more than 16 post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Trapnell’s research interests are focused to the pathogenesis and therapy of rare lung diseases and mechanisms by which GM-CSF regulates innate immunity and lung host defense.

    Dr. Trapnell is Director of Cincinnati’s Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network Center, Assistant Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, Director of the Rare Lung Diseases Clinical Research Consortium, Scientific Director of the Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis Foundation. Dr. Trapnell is the past Scientific Director of the Alpha-1 Foundation, for which he organized and directed the grant program for eight years.

    Education and Training

    MS: Genetics, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1981.

    MD:
    University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1984.

    Residency: Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University Hospitals, Columbus, OH, 1987.

    Fellowship: Pulmonary Medicine, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1989.

    Certification: Diplomate in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1987; Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1987; Diplomate in Pulmonary Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2000 .

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    Grants

    Role of Anti-GM-CSF Antibodies in Myeloid Cell Function & Innate Immunity. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2007 - Mar 2012. #R01 HL085453-01A1. 

    Faculty

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    Ronald E. Bokulic, DO

    513-636-6771

    Ronald E. Bokulic, DO

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

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    Specialties

    Asthma; interstitial lung disease; exercise

    Education and Training

    DO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1983

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, LA

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1989; Pediatric Pulmonology, 1994.

    Publications

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    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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    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.

    Publications

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    Gary Lewis McPhail, MD
    Cystic Fibrosis Center Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    gary.mcphail@cchmc.org

    Gary Lewis McPhail, MD

    Cystic Fibrosis Center Director, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-6771

    Fax: 513-636-4615

    Email: gary.mcphail@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Medical Education; outcomes research; quality improvement; sleep medicine; thoracic insufficiency syndrome

    Research Interests

    Medical Education; Pulmonary Vascular Disease; Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX, 2001.

    Residency: Children's Medical Center, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas TX, 2004.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Pediatric Pulmonary, 2008.

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    Robert E. Wood, PhD, MD
    Director, Pulmonary Bronchoscopy Department

    513-636-2776

    rewood@cchmc.org

    Robert E. Wood, PhD, MD

    Director, Pulmonary Bronchoscopy Department

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2776

    Fax: 513-636-3845

    Email: rewood@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Bronchology and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis

    Biography

    Dr. Robert Wood, PhD, MD, is a pediatric pulmonary specialist, with particular interest in bronchoscopy. He has played a major role in the development of instrumentation and techniques for flexible bronchoscopy in pediatric patients. He is recognized as a teacher of endoscopic techniques, and has published many papers and book chapters on the subject. Additionally, he has extensive experience with clinical problems in pediatric pulmonary medicine, especially children with complex airway problems and cystic fibrosis.

    Before coming to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Wood was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (1976 to 1983), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1983 to 1999).

    Education and Training

    PhD: Medical Physiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1968.

    MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1970.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1970 to 1972.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Metabolism, National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 1972 to 1974; Pediatric Pulmonology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 1974 to 1976.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1976; Pediatric Pulmonology, 1986, 1997.

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    Infant Pulmonary Function Testing

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    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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    Dietitian

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    Jackie Taylor, RD
    Cystic Fibrosis Dietician, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    jackie.taylor@cchmc.org

    Social work

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    Rachel Sackenheim, MSW, LISW
    Pulmonary Social Worker, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

    513-636-6771

    rachel.sackenheim@cchmc.org

    Pathology

    Radiology

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    Alan S. Brody, MD
    Radiologist, Department of Radiology

    513-636-8508

    alan.brody@cchmc.org

    Alan S. Brody, MD

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology

    Chief, Thoracic Imaging

    Assistant Director of Clinical Research

    Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-8508

    Fax: 513-636-8145

    Email: alan.brody@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Dr. Brody completed his fellowship in pediatric radiology in 1987 and then returned to the Department of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1995. Dr. Brody is active in the Department of Radiology of University of Cincinnati as well as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in clinical care, research, teaching and administration. The primary focus of his clinical duties is pediatric thoracic imaging. 

    Dr. Brody’s research efforts are focused on the use of CT scanning in the evaluation of cystic fibrosis and diffuse lung disease in children. He began and continues to direct the National Resource Center for Imaging of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutic Development Network. This center is currently funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and by industry sponsors to provide expertise in the use of imaging endpoints for clinical trials. Dr. Brody is a founding member and chair of the imaging committee of the childhood Interstitial Disease Consortium.

    Dr. Brody is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board certified in pediatrics and radiology. He holds a certificate of special qualification in pediatric radiology from the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Brody is a member of multiple national and international medical societies including senior membership in the Society for Thoracic Radiology, and membership in the Fleischner Society. Dr. Brody has been recognized as one of America’s top physicians since 2008.

    Education and Training

    AB: Biology, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1975.

    MD: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 1980.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1980-1983; Radiology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1983-1986.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1986-1987.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1986; Radiology, 1986; Certificate of Additional Qualification in Pediatric Radiology, 1995.

    Publications

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    Eric J. Crotty, MD
    Radiologist, Department of Radiology

    513-636-2165

    eric.crotty@cchmc.org

    Eric J. Crotty, MD

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology

    Program Director, Pediatric Radiology Fellowship

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-2165

    Fax: 513-636-1388

    Email: eric.crotty@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pulmonary radiology; cardiac radiology

    Biography

    Eric J. Crotty, PhD, was raised in Cork, Ireland and received his MB, BCh, BAO degree from the University of College Cork, graduating in 1990. Having worked for three years in pediatrics, he undertook a radiology residency program from 1995 to 1999. Subsequently he did a fellowship year in thoracic imaging at Duke University Medical Center, from July 1999 to June 2000, followed by a pediatric radiology fellowship year at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center from July 2000 to June 2001. He later joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's. He currently is the program director of the Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program. His interests include education, and cardio thoracic imaging.

    Education and Training

    MD: University College Cork, Ireland, 1990.

    Residency: Radiology, Cork University Hospital, Ireland

    Fellowship in Thoracic Imaging: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1999-2000.

    Fellowship in Pediatric Radiology: Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2001.

    Certification: FFRRCSI, 1998; American Board of Radiology, 2005; American Board of Radiology-Pediatrics, 2006.

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    Pediatric surgery

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    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP
    Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    513-636-4371

    thomas.inge@cchmc.org

    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

    Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens

    Director, Center for Bariatric Research and Innovation

    Attending Surgeon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: thomas.inge@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Obesity surgery and research; hypothalamic obesity; neonatal surgery; gastroesophageal reflux disease; minimally invasive surgery; thoracic surgery

    Biography

    Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD, is a Virginia native who grew up in a rural, farming community in Dinwiddie County. He received his BS in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, in 1987. Dr. Inge entered the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA, in the Medical Scientist Training Program, and pursued degrees in microbiology/immunology and medicine. He graduated with MD and PhD degrees in 1993.

    Dr. Inge received his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, where he developed an interest in pediatric surgery. At the completion of his chief resident year in 1998, he moved to Birmingham, AL, for specialty training in pediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, with an emphasis on pediatric minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Inge became a full-time member of the surgical staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and faculty member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, in July 2000.

    In addition to general pediatric surgical practice, Dr. Inge's clinical research focus is related to bariatric surgery in adolescents. He is the surgical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, offering surgery for overweight adolescents with complications from their excess weight. He has served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration for projects related to device treatment of pediatric obesity. He is also the Principal Investigator of two research projects funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and co-investigator of another NIH funded project examining the role of surgery for management of adolescent obesity. He currently serves as Study Chairman of Teen-LABS, a multicenter research consortium examining outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Inge has given over 50 invited lectures nationally and internationally over the past four years, has mentored more than a dozen fellows and students, and has authored more than 70 published chapters and manuscripts.

    Education and Training

    BS: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 1993.

    Residency: Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA, 1998.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 2000.

    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, December 1999; Certification in Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery, March 2002.

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