Updates from the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
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An update from Julian Allen, MD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
2018—19 has been an exciting year for the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Here are highlights of new developments in our clinical and research programs and with our staff.
The division has 9 distinct specialty programs in addition to caring for children across the entire spectrum of pediatric pulmonary disorders. Follow the links for more information.
We are pleased to announce the continued growth of CHOP’s Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program. Starting in summer 2019, we will have 3 training slots per year for the 3-year fellowship, with plans to have a full cadre of 9 fellows in 2021. In addition, through a joint fellowship with the University of Pennsylvania and CHOP, there is a sleep medicine fellowship offering slots to 1 to 2 pediatric sleep fellows with opportunity for competitive research funding via a T-32 training grant.
The Division performs a wide spectrum of research, either based within the specific clinical programs listed above, or trans-programmatic and collaborative with other entities at Penn and at CHOP. Our research spans the spectrum across basic science, physiology, clinical trials, and research spanning bench to bedside. View some examples of research performed in the Pulmonary Division, and read about some interesting analogies between the physiology of the respiratory system and stringed musical instruments. A reference list for some of the studies cited above is available on request.
On June 1, 2019, after over 20 years as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, I will be handing over leadership to Lisa Young, MD, who comes to CHOP from the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where she is currently Director of the Center for Childhood Lung Research and the Pediatric Rare Lung Diseases Program. Dr Young earned her MD at Duke University, completed residency training in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Duke University, and completed fellowship training in Pediatric Pulmonology and Adult Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She is an international expert in rare and genetic lung diseases in children, including interstitial lung disease, and is currently principal investigator on multiple National Institutes of Health grants.
The Division at large, and the ILD program in particular, are incredibly excited about her plans for expanding our many excellent clinical programs, some of which were highlighted above, as well as promoting interdisciplinary research at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania and enhancing our fellowship training program. I will continue my practice of general pediatric pulmonology, as well take a year sabbatical to study the forced oscillation technique as a test of preschool lung function and its potential incorporation into clinical practice.
Two notable pediatric pulmonary physicians, Raezelle Zinman, MD, and Lee Brooks, MD, retired this past year. Their many contributions to the care of children with respiratory and sleep disorders, as well as to the base of knowledge in respiratory system mechanics and pediatric sleep medicine, will be missed and long remembered and studied.