I love working with children — they are resilient, funny and brave. It's my goal to help children breathe well so they can live the life they want.
As a pediatric pulmonologist, I specialize in taking care of children with lung disease, including those with asthma, chronic cough, recurrent pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. I am a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Cincinnati Children’s.
I work with children and their families to form personalized care plans. Parents are the experts on their own child, and I want to help them take care of their child's lungs.
In my research, I am interested in why cystic fibrosis lung disease severity is so variable from person to person. I am studying a chemical made in the body, called TGFbeta, which might worsen lung disease in certain people. Studying this chemical may help us discover new therapies to stop early lung damage in cystic fibrosis.
I am a recipient of the Procter Scholar Award, which supports highly promising junior faculty pursuing a career in academic research. My research has been supported by funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. We have lived in Cincinnati more than 15 years.
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics