The Asthma Program

All About Asthma on Kids Health Galaxy!

Hey kids! Learn all about asthma with the crew at Kids Health Galaxy!
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Your Child's Asthma Program Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric pulmonologists (attending physicians), pulmonary fellows, a pediatric nurse practitioner, certified asthma educators, nurses, respiratory therapists/pulmonary function technicians and clinic coordinators.

Pediatric pulmonologist

A pediatrician with special training as a pediatric breathing/lung specialist. Our pulmonologists are board-certified in pediatric pulmonology.

Pediatric nurse practitioner

A registered nurse (RN) with a masters degree, advanced training and certification who takes patient histories; performs physical examinations; orders tests and interprets test results; prescribes medications and treatments and provides education and counseling. You may also meet other nurses, such as LPNs or RNs, who are also part of your child's Asthma Program team.

Fellow

A pediatrician in training to become a pediatric pulmonologist.

Certified asthma educator (AE-C)

A healthcare professional with experience as an asthma educator and who has passed the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam.

Respiratory therapists and pulmonary function technicians

Our pulmonary function technicians are respiratory therapists who are specially trained to administer pulmonary function testing. The most common test that our respiratory therapists conduct is spirometry. If your child is age 6 or older, we usually do this test during every office visit because it can help us determine if your child's asthma is under control. Spirometry is not easy to do, but our therapists are experts at coaching children to get their best effort. Our therapists can also answer questions about asthma medications and the correct techniques for administering them properly.

Clinic coordinator

The clinic coordinator is the first team member that you meet because clinic coordinators make your child's appointment. They also help you coordinate your child's care by helping you to: make additional appointments, set up your child's testing, find an outpatient office close to your home and learn more about the Children's Hospital healthcare system.

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