Thanks to several years of advanced quality improvement work, the young people receiving care through the Cincinnati Children’s cystic fibrosis program are enjoying longer, healthier lives. Now, we are sharing what we’ve learned so that even more patients can benefit.

We are a leading member of a 30-center Chronic Collaborative Care Network funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that serves as a proving ground for the latest advances in research and treatment techniques.  This network helps assure that the most effective learnings spread farther and faster to help as many patients as possible.  

Making progress against cystic fibrosis is just one reason why our program is ranked No. 3 in the country in the 2016-17 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report. We are one of the few pediatric medical centers capable of treating children with the most complex breathing disorders, be it difficult to treat asthma, complex upper and lower airway disorders, sleep disorders, pulmonary hypertension or other rare lung diseases. We take on complex cases other hospitals don’t. And we do it with compassion.

“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.”

Why We Stand Out

  • We are an international referral center for children with cystic fibrosis. About 15 percent of our cystic fibrosis patients travel here from other nations for access to advanced care.  
  • Our pulmonary research teams receive more than $5 million a year in grant support to gain new understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms of lung disease, and we use that knowledge to develop improved treatments.
  • Doctors from throughout the US and other nations can refer children with difficult-to-treat asthma to our Asthma Center, where we help them improve asthma control and reduce their need for emergency department visits.
  • Our Upper Airway Center serves as a referral center for children with especially complex forms of sleep apnea. We help many children who have not responded well to initial treatments.
  • Our Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research develops groundbreaking methods to evaluate disease and monitor progress during treatment. Our work includes advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that can gather images just as useful as CT scanning, but without the long-term risks of radiation exposure. 
  • Our lung transplant program is one of the very few able to treat infants as small as 5 kilograms (11 pounds).
  • Most of our faculty members are represented in national organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, and the American Board of Pediatrics.   

Learn more about our Pulmonary Medicine program.