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Welcome to the Division of Pulmonary Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine studies, diagnoses, treats, educates, consults and consoles young people and their families with all sorts of breathing challenges. We provide multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient services for infants and children with acute and chronic respiratory problems, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Children's interstitial lung disease (chILD)
  • Chronic respiratory failure/insufficiency
  • Congenital lung abnormalities
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Neuromuscular respiratory diseases
  • Pediatric lung transplant
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
  • Pulmonary sleep disorders
 

Each year, we see more than 7,000 outpatients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's main campus and satellite locations and another 7,200 inpatients at the Hospital's main campus.

Our patients receive comprehensive care from our physicians, certified nurse practitioners, nutritionists and social workers. We are committed to providing outstanding patient care, instructing young physicians and nurses and researching pulmonary diseases and treatments.

Parents magazine has ranked our division in the top three in the nation for pulmonary care.

Why Choose Us 

Comprehensive and continuous care

Our pediatric pulmonary experts provide the full spectrum of care across all locations, from the Main Hospital and CHOP Care Network locations throughout the community, to remote follow-up visits and consulting. We handle short-term to long-term breathing difficulties and address the full range of respiratory problems, both acute and chronic.

Attention to details

Taking care of kids is all we do. We understand that children are not small adults, and that parents and guardians play a key role in treatment. From the size and design of the equipment we use, to our space and décor and the people we employ, everything is tailored to caring for children. Small details matter when it comes to making your child feel comfortable and providing the best care.

Access to the most experienced physicians

Our multidisciplinary team sees thousands of children each year in the Main Hospital as well as our network offices and clinics, offering our patients an unmatched level of experience. We treat some of the most complex and rare respiratory problems that many physicians might never see in a career.

Collaboration and support

We work closely with our referring colleagues and patient families before, during and after diagnosis and treatment to provide the most coordinated care for every child we treat. We promote the sharing of information and knowledge by working with academic and other leading clinical institutions, and recognize the important role that foundations and other public resources play in offering support services to families facing similar pulmonary conditions.

Advancing treatment through research

Our dedication to continuous improvement is evident in our commitment to research and innovation in the field of pulmonary medicine. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine is an avid participant in research conducted through the National Institutes of Health and other organizations committed to advancing treatment options and knowledge of the complex disorders we treat. We are accredited and certified by an array of independent agencies and organizations.

Specialized Programs

Physicians from the Division of Pulmonary Medicine play an integral role in The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders. The center is staffed by an internationally recognized multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving health outcomes in children with aerodigestive disorders including tracheostomy dependence, congenital and acquired airway abnormalities, and recurrent aspiration.

Asthma Care in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides a single source of comprehensive asthma care for children. Our pediatric pulmonologists work together with nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists to offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating children and adolescents with asthma.

The Children's Interstitial Lung Disease (ChILD) Center brings research, education and practice focus to the treatment of a range of disorders previously tackled separately. Regardless of cause and severity, all forms of interstitial lung disease disable the lungs’ ability to provide enough oxygen to the body. While similar conditions appear in adults, the causes, effects and management are significantly different for infants, children and adolescents impacted by these disorders. Our program brings together pediatric specialists from across the Hospital to provide the most comprehensive care for children with interstitial lung disease. We also work collaboratively with similar centers in other parts of the country that share the same goal — improving treatment and outcomes for children with interstitial lung disease.

The Cystic Fibrosis Center is accredited for care, teaching and research by the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and provides integrated, multidisciplinary care for children with cystic fibrosis and their families. The Center also provides educational programs for health professionals and conducts research focused on improved treatments.

The Lung Transplant Program is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team which evaluates children with end-stage lung disease, determines if they are candidates for lung transplantation, and provides care preoperatively, peri-operatively and following transplantation.

The Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Center focuses on children with this rare disease that damages the microscopic hair-like structures needed to clear the airways. The PCD Center combines the talents of several divisions to provide the most comprehensive care for patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to advancing understanding of the disease and improving treatments available through ongoing research and education.

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory has comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting lung function tests in infants and children.

The Sleep Center provides diagnostic services to aid in the evaluation of respiratory disorders, behavioral problems (e.g.,bedtime struggles, night wakings), parasomnias (e.g., sleep walking, sleep terrors), narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders (e.g., delayed sleep phase syndrome) and movement disorders (e.g., periodic limb movement disorders, headbanging) during sleep.

The Technology Dependence Center (TDC) cares for children with chronic lung disease who are in need of assistive therapies such as oxygen, mechanical ventilation, airway clearance devices or an artificial airway. The program provides ongoing assessment and treatment of conditions such as chronic respiratory failure and insufficiency in patients with neuromuscular disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and airway anomalies.

The Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (CTIS) is a joint program developed by the Divisions of Pulmonology and Orthopedics to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with complicated scoliosis and complex throacospinal disease. The breadth of the evaluation and assessment is unique including input from thoracic surgery, cardiology, medical genetics, and nutrition.

Multidisciplinary Team Care

Our large, multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated to caring for infants and children affected by acute and chronic respiratory conditions. This team was designed to ensure that your child has access to a wide array of expertise when receiving care here at CHOP.

After your child's initial visit, he or she will be assigned to a primary pulmonary attending physician. Your child may also be assigned to an advanced practice nurse or fellow who will assist in coordinating his or her care.

While a sudden illness may prevent your child from seeing his or her assigned providers, all efforts should be made to see our team for routine and specialized care.

Our team members will collaborate to provide the best care for your child during all stages of diagnosis and treatment. Meet our team »

Making a Referral

To refer a patient for an appointment or to speak directly with a pulmonologist, please call 215-590-3749. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, your call will be referred to the pulmonologist on call.

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