I believe that many factors contribute to health, and my part in managing a disease is to improve as many pieces of my patients’ health as I can.
Michelle Hjelm, MD



I’m a sleep and pulmonary medicine doctor who focuses on sleep disorders and cystic fibrosis. I believe that many factors contribute to health, and my part in managing a disease is to improve as many pieces of my patients’ health as I can.

The unique perspective children have on life and medicine inspired me to pursue my career. I find their outlook exciting and working with children brought so much joy and fun to my job that I couldn't pass it up. I want my patients to look forward to our appointments. I also want them to find it is an opportunity for them to be heard and have autonomy in their care.

In 2018, I was recognized with the Courage to Teach award by The Ohio State University. This award is for those who demonstrate a passion for medical education and commitment to teaching. I really enjoy working with residents and students, so this award was particularly meaningful to me.

With our teams’ research, we're studying the impact of certain pulmonary diseases on sleep and mental/behavioral health. We're also looking into how mental and behavioral health may affect our ability to keep patients as healthy as possible.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my family and travel!

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, 2013.

Residency: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2016.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2019; Sleep Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2020.


Pulmonary medicine; sleep medicine; cystic fibrosis

Services and Specialties

Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Center


Mental and behavioral health impacts on pulmonary and sleep disorders

Research Areas

Pulmonary Medicine

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Education-related needs for children with cystic fibrosis: Perspectives of US pediatric care teams. Hjelm, M; Hente, E; Schuler, CL; Duan, Q; Strong, S; Boat, T; Filigno, S. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2024; 59:95-100.

Longitudinal mental health trends in cystic fibrosis. Hjelm, M; Hente, E; Miller, J; Moore, S; Peugh, J; Swetland, DV; Tadesse, DG; Hossain, MM; Siracusa, C; Filigno, SS. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2023; 22:1093-1099.

Associations of actigraphy measures of sleep duration and continuity with executive function, vigilance, and fine motor control in children with snoring and mild sleep-disordered breathing. Robinson, KA; Wei, Z; Radcliffe, J; Taylor, HG; Baldassari, CM; Chervin, RD; Ishman, S; Mitchell, RB; Tapia, IE; Garetz, S; et al. The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2023; 19:1595-1603.

Longitudinal Assessment of Educational Risk for K-12 Students with Cystic Fibrosis. Bowdy, A; Hente, E; Filigno, SS; Strong, S; Hossain, MM; Tadesse, DG; Boat, T; Hjelm, M. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2023; 253:238-244.e3.

Management of Mental Health in Cystic Fibrosis. Bathgate, CJ; Hjelm, M; Filigno, SS; Smith, BA; Georgiopoulos, AM. Clinics in Chest Medicine. 2022; 43:791-810.

293 Longitudinal mental health trends in pediatric cystic fibrosis. Hjelm, M; Hente, E; Peugh, J; Siracusa, C; Filigno, S. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s173-s174.

294 National assessment of school resources in cystic fibrosis care centers. Hjelm, M; Filigno, S; Hente, E; Boat, T; Strong, S. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s174.

198 Weight and body composition of school-aged children with cystic fibrosis and extended modulator therapy. Dress, C; Hente, E; Swegheimer, K; Hjelm, M; Siracusa, C; Hardie, W; Boat, T. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s116-s117.

288 Treatment targets in the psychological care of youth with cystic fibrosis. Filigno, S; Hente, E; Hjelm, M; Siracusa, C. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2022; 21:s171.

To treat or not to treat: CFTR modulators after lung transplantation. Hayes, D; Darland, LK; Hjelm, MA; Mansour, HM; Wikenheiser-Brokamp, KA. Pediatric Transplantation. 2021; 25:e14007.

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