A photo of Thomas F. Boat.

Director, CFWELL, Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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.

Research Interests

Pediatric respiratory diseases; cystic fibrosis.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine

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My Education

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

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

Certification: Pediatrics, 1972.

My Publications

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. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020; 55:1139-1146.

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. Boat, TF. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 218:77-77.

A roadmap to emotional health for children and families with chronic pediatric conditions. Pickles, DM; Lihn, SL; Boat, TF; Lannon, C. Pediatrics. 2020; 145:e20191324-e20191324.

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. Boat, TF. Pediatric Research. 2019; 85:418-421.

Commentary: A Tribute to Dr. Dennis Drotar: Architect of Behavioral Health Care for Children With Complex Medical Conditions. Boat, TF. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2019; 44:137-138.

Parenting Education Reply. Boat, TF; Jr, LM L; Leslie, LK. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018; 172:394-395.

Health Care Workforce Development to Enhance Mental and Behavioral Health of Children and Youths. Boat, TF; Jr, LM L; Leslie, LK. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017; 171:1031-1032.

Wellness for Families of Children With Chronic Health Disorders. Boat, TF; Filigno, S; Amin, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2017; 171:825-826.

Development and Testing of the Pediatric Respiratory Illness Measurement System (PRIMES) Quality Indicators. Mangione-Smith, R; Roth, CP; Britto, MT; Chen, AY; McGalliard, J; Boat, TF; Adams, JL; McGlynn, EA. Hospital Pediatrics. 2017; 7:125-133.