Be it developing gut organoids to determine the ideal medication doses for children with cystic fibrosis or serving children from 17 other countries at our Rare Lung Diseases Program, our pulmonary specialists help children with the most complex lung conditions breathe a little easier.
We are among the few pediatric medical centers capable of treating children with the most complex breathing disorders, including difficult-to-treat asthma, complex upper and lower airway disorders, sleep disorders, pulmonary hypertension and other rare conditions. Providing care with compassion for these patients explains why our pulmonology program is ranked No. 4 in the country in the 2017-18 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
“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
- Our new Center of Excellence for Chronic Lung Disorders of Prematurity helps maximize lung development when extremely premature infants require long periods of support from mechanical ventilators.
- In collaboration with Sports Medicine, our Dyspnea Program helps young athletes overcome shortness-of-breath that can be aggravated by asthma and other underlying conditions.
- Our Cystic Fibrosis Center is an international referral center. 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).
- Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helps patients build up their endurance, whether they are preparing for lung transplantation or coping with chronic lung disease.
- 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.