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Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Rare Lung Diseases Program
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
The Rare Lung Diseases Program at Cincinnati Children’s accepts referrals from both physicians and families.
Referrals to our Program
One of the primary reasons children are referred to our program is for diagnosis of a complex, chronic lung problem. Many of the patients we care for have interstitial or other rare lung diseases. Our diagnostic approaches may include the following specialties:
- Chest HRCT − A specialized technique is essential, particularly in young children, for the best image quality and to minimize radiation dose.
- Alan Brody, MD, (Chief, Thoracic Imaging) is board certified in pediatrics and radiology. He holds a certificate of special qualification in pediatric radiology from the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Brody is a member of multiple national and international medical societies including senior membership in the Society for Thoracic Radiology, and membership in the Fleischner Society. Dr. Brody has been recognized as one of America’s top physicians since 2008.
- Evaluation of pulmonary physiology:
- Infant Pulmonary Function Testing. We have a state of the art system for measuring lung function for infants. In addition, we have special expertise with infants who have interstitial lung disease (ILD).
- Pulmonary function testing, including diffusion tests, lung volume tests (plethysmography) and spirometry
- Research techniques not offered at other facilities
- Exercise studies
- Flexible bronchoscopy
- Robert Wood, PhD, MD, is a pediatric pulmonary specialist, with particular interest in bronchoscopy. He has played a major role in the development of instrumentation and techniques for flexible bronchoscopy in pediatric patients. He is recognized as a teacher of endoscopic techniques, and has published many papers and book chapters on the subject. Additionally, he has extensive experience with clinical problems in pediatric pulmonary medicine, especially children with complex airway problems and cystic fibrosis.
- Surgical lung biopsy via VATS (Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery). We have particular experience with VATS in diagnosing different forms of ILD.
- Genetic testing – which includes whole exome sequencing
Other reasons for referral include:
- Full range of of therapies available to treat these diseases including access to research and lung transplant
- Our interdisciplinary approach to caring for diffuse lung diseases, including team case conferences to review diagnosis and management.
- Our collaboration with a child’s referring physician.
- Family centered care – an approach that keeps family informed and involved.
- Opportunities to participate in research studies at Cincinnati Children’s and elsewhere.