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Director, CFWELL, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I work as a children’s lung doctor at Cincinnati Children’s. I specialize in cystic fibrosis (CF) and the psychosocial dimensions of family life when a child has a complex chronic condition.
My experience as a clinical associate of the National Institutes of Health in the late 1960s introduced me to cystic fibrosis research and care. As the director of the CF WELL program, I help identify family needs and provide responses to those needs in the chronic care model.
This work starts at the time of diagnosis and focuses on lifestyle factors such as healthy sleep, exercise and nutrition, as well as recognizing and reducing stress.
Parents and other home caregivers need to be well and healthy. Family wellness is key to the optimal care of the child with a chronic disease. As physicians, we are educators and supporters of the caregiving parents and other family members in the home.
In 2018, I received the John Howland Award, the highest honor bestowed on an academic pediatrician by the American Pediatric Society. The award recognizes leaders in academic pediatrics whose work advances the lives of children and the profession of pediatrics through clinical care, scientific discovery, mentorship and service.
When not at work, I enjoy being outside. I am an active birder and a farmer at heart who likes to grow vegetables.
Pediatric respiratory diseases; cystic fibrosis.
Thomas F. Boat, MD, Carole Lannon, MD, MPH1/9/2020
Thomas F. Boat, MD7/1/2019
MD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1966.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1968.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1972.
A Pilot Study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Improve Well-Being for Health Professionals Providing Chronic Disease Care.
Hente, E; Sears, R; Cotton, S; Pallerla, H; Siracusa, C; Filigno, SS; Boat, T.
The Journal of Pediatrics.
Sleep disturbance and sleep insufficiency in primary caregivers and their children with cystic fibrosis.
Byars, KC; Chini, B; Hente, E; Amin, R; Boat, T.
Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.
Fostering healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development in child health care.
Boat, TF; Kelleher, KJ.
Assessing and responding to stress related to pulmonary function testing in cystic fibrosis through quality improvement.
Nusbaum, K; Filigno, SS; Feldstein, J; Hente, E; Koch, E; Mullen, L; Weiland, J; Boat, T; Siracusa, C.
50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Sodium Concentration in Unstimulated Parotid Saliva and on Oral Mucosa in Normal Subjects and Patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
The Journal of Pediatrics.
A roadmap to emotional health for children and families with chronic pediatric conditions.
Pickles, DM; Lihn, SL; Boat, TF; Lannon, C.
Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and M, .
Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Howland Award Address 2018: responding to opportunities to improve child and family health.
Commentary: A Tribute to Dr. Dennis Drotar: Architect of Behavioral Health Care for Children With Complex Medical Conditions.
Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Parenting Education Reply.
Boat, TF; Jr, LM L; Leslie, LK.