A photo of Thomas F. Boat.

Director, CFWELL, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Dr. Boat trained as a pediatrician and pulmonary medicine physician at the University of Minnesota, the National Institutes of Health, and at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). His first faculty appointment at CWRU, 1972-1982 focused on cystic fibrosis lung dysfunction research related to the role of abnormal mucous secretions in airways and to improving care for these patients.

Dr. Boat next assumed the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina (1982-1993) followed by appointment as chair of pediatrics (University of Cincinnati) and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation (1993-2007).

Following leadership roles as CEO of UC Physicians and dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Boat returned to Cincinnati Children’s in November of 2014 as professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine within the UC College of Medicine and as director of CF WELL, a learning and education center to promote wellness and quality of life for patients with cystic fibrosis and their families.

Dr. Boat is a member of the Board of Children, Youth and Families of the Institute of Medicine and has been the author of five IOM reports addressing physical, emotional and behavioral dimensions of child health. In these roles he has been a champion for safe and nurturing family environments, as important early contributors to lifetime health and wellness, for all children.

Research Interests

Pediatric respiratory diseases; cystic fibrosis.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1966.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1968.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1972.

My Publications

Boat TF, Wu J, IOM Report. Mental disorders and disabilities among low-income children. Washington (DC):National Academies Press (US);2015.

Boat TF. Improving lifetime health by promotion behavioral health in children. JAMA. 2015;313:1509-10.

Fields M, Boat TF, IOM Report. Safe and Effective Medicines for Children. Washington (DC):National Academies Press (US);2012.

Fields M, Boat TF, IOM Report. Accelerating Rare Diseases Research and Orphan Products Development. Washington (DC):National Academies Press (US);2010.

Boat TF. Insights From Trends in Biomedical Research Funding. JAMA. 2010;303(2):170-71.

Boat TF, Chao SM, O’Neill PH. From Waste to Value in Health Care. JAMA. 2008;299(5):568-571.

O’Connell ME, Boat TF, Warner KE, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Report. Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. Washington (DC):National Academies Press (US);2009.

Boat TF. The Future of Pediatric Research. J Pediatr. 2007 Nov;151(5 Suppl):S21-7.

Britto MT, Kotagal UR, Boat TF. Listening to families: first steps toward improved hospital care. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Feb;159(2):187-8.

Abrams MT, Patchan KM, Boat TF. Research Training in Psychiatry Residency: Strategies for Reform. Washington (DC):National Academies Press (US);2003.