As CF patients reach adulthood, their health care needs become more complex as the disease begins to impact other organ systems. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) works closely with Penn Medicine to seamlessly transition patients from pediatric care into the Penn Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program. The Adult CF Care Program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is located at the Presbyterian Medical Center campus.
Penn's program is one of the largest adult CF programs in the United States. Patients who make the transition into the program are cared for by an adult care team of pulmonologists, an advanced practice nurse, a physical therapist, a respiratory therapist, a nutritionist and a social worker. Specialists in gastroenterology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), surgery as well as other subspecialists familiar with the individual with cystic fibrosis are also readily available on site.
CHOP has a close working relationship with both the Lung Transplant Program and the Liver Transplant Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). In addition, we work closely with maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide care for any patients who are pregnant.