• Vice Chairman, Clinical Research, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Professor, Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine


  • Gender: Male
  • Online Personal Health Record Available


Michael W. Konstan, MD, is the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and the Austin Ricci Chair in Pediatric Pulmonary Care and Research at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He is also the Gertrude Lee Chandler Tucker Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. His special interest is cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Konstan is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., and a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He was named to the University Hospitals medical staff in 1988.

Dr. Konstan has served on numerous advisory boards and grant review committees for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health, and many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He was a founding member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutic Development Network, and he currently serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Executive Committee. Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the foundation’s Northern Ohio Chapter.

An internationally renowned physician-scientist specializing in cystic fibrosis, Dr. Konstan’s research has been funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the FDA, the National Institutes of Health, and numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies focused on developing therapeutics for the treatment and cure of cystic fibrosis. He has been the lead investigator on several national and international clinical trials that have led to the approval of new therapeutics for cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Konstan has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in leading medical journals reporting basic and clinical research related to cystic fibrosis, as well as more than a dozen textbook chapters. He has presented more than 200 abstracts at scientific meetings and conferences, both nationally and internationally. He also is a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 2013, Dr. Konstan was awarded the Case Western Reserve Medal for Excellence in Health Science Innovation by the School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Pediatric Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Thoracic Society, and Society for Pediatric Research.

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology
American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics

Education & Training


1978, Case Western Reserve University

Medical / Professional School(s)

1982, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


1983, Pediatrics - Kaleida Health System (Women and Children's Hosp of Buffalo)


1985, Pediatrics - Kaleida Health System (Women and Children's Hosp of Buffalo)


1988, Pediatric Pulmonology - University Hospitals of Cleveland


Cystic Fibrosis

Awards & Recognition

Case Western Reserve Medal for Excellence in Health Science Innovation, School of Medicine, 2013
Best Doctors in America, 1998-2014
America’s Top Doctors, 2003 - 2014
Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2009
“All Stars Among Us” Major League Baseball and People Magazine award for community service, 2009
Crain’s Cleveland Business “Health Care Heroes” finalist, 2009

Office Locations

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
Department of Pediatrics-Pulmonary
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Research Interests

Cystic fibrosis

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As of December 31, 2016, Michael Konstan, MD disclosed the following Outside Relationships with Industry:

Aradigm - Consulting

Axcan-Pharma - Consulting

Eli Lilly - Consulting

Genentech - Consulting

Novartis - Consulting

Vertex - Consulting

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