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Thomas F. Boat, MD


  • Director, CFWELL, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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.

About

Biography

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.

Publications

How Can the Pediatric Community Enhance Funding for Child Health Research?. Boat, TF; Whitsett, JA. JAMA Pediatrics. 2021; 175:1212-1214.

Challenges facing academic medicine: the Deans' view. Boat, T; Wesley Burks, A; Stoll, BJ. Pediatric Research. 2021.

Promoting emotional wellness in children with cystic fibrosis, Part I: Child and family resilience. Prieur, MG; Christon, LM; Mueller, A; Smith, BA; Georgiopoulos, AM; Boat, TF; Filigno, SS. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56 Suppl 1:S97-S106.

Promoting emotional wellness in children with CF, part II: Mental health assessment and intervention. Georgiopoulos, AM; Christon, LM; Filigno, SS; Mueller, A; Prieur, MG; Boat, TF; Smith, BA. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2021; 56 Suppl 1:S107-S122.

Innovative pediatric resident training in behavioral health and communication: Pilot study results. Herbst, RB; Burkhardt, MC; Filigno, SS; Kerr, A; Boat, TF. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2021.

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. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 224:87-93.e1.

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. 2020; 19:777-782.

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Child Health Care. Boat, TF; Kelleher, KJ. JAMA Pediatrics. 2020; 174:745-746.

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 TheJournalofPediatrics: Sodium Concentration in Unstimulated Parotid Saliva and on Oral Mucosa in Normal Subjects and Patients with Cystic Fibrosis. Boat, TF. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 218.

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