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.
MD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1966.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1968.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1972.
Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Pediatric respiratory diseases; cystic fibrosis.
Body composition and functional correlates of CF youth experiencing pulmonary exacerbation and recovery. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2023; 58:457-464.
Longitudinal Assessment of Educational Risk for K-12 Students with Cystic Fibrosis. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 253:238-244.e3.
294 National assessment of school resources in cystic fibrosis care centers. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s174.
198 Weight and body composition of school-aged children with cystic fibrosis and extended modulator therapy. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s116-s117.
Challenges facing academic medicine: the Deans' view. Pediatric Research. 2022; 92:10-17.
Innovative Pediatric Resident Training in Behavioral Health and Communication: Pilot Study Results. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2022; 10:20-31.
How Can the Pediatric Community Enhance Funding for Child Health Research?. JAMA Pediatrics. 2021; 175:1212-1214.
Promoting emotional wellness in children with CF, part II: Mental health assessment and intervention. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56 Suppl 1:S107-S122.
Promoting emotional wellness in children with cystic fibrosis, Part I: Child and family resilience. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56 Suppl 1:S97-S106.
Thomas F. Boat, MD, Carole Lannon, MD, MPH1/9/2020
Thomas F. Boat, MD7/1/2019