Leroy W Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center

Kimberly A. McBennett, MD, PhD

Kimberly A. McBennett, MD, PhD

Steven Strausbaugh, MD

Janice Lee, Program Coordinator 216-844-1997

Alfreda Eff 216-844-3267

For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Sweat testing in Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited laboratory
  • Nasal epithelial mucosal brushing, curettage and cell culture
  • Flexible bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage, mucosal brushing and biopsy
  • CFTR gene sequencing
  • Exhaled nitric oxide measurements
  • Exhaled breath condensate
  • Esophageal pH monitoring
  • Multiple breath washout
  • Microbiology laboratory qualified for CF cultures
  • Nasal transepithelial potential difference testing
  • Percutaneous allergy extract skin testing
  • Polysomnogram and limited channel sleep studies
  • Pulmonary function testing, including spirometry, plethysmography, impedance oscillometry, bronchoprovocation with cold air, exercise, and methacholine, and infant pulmonary function testing
  • Arterial blood gas monitoring
  • Radiographic services including angiography, computerized tomographic, nuclear and magnetic resonance imaging
  • Sputum induction

Therapies and Services

  • Specialized respiratory therapy
  • Advanced interventions (flexible bronchoscopy, thoracic surgery, lung transplantation)
  • Genetic and prenatal counseling
  • Comprehensive newborn screening program for cystic fibrosis

Distinguishing Features

  • One of the first CF centers in the country, active for nearly 60 years
  • One of the original seven Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Centers
  • Designated as a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Development Center
  • Newly diagnosed patients have an office visit within 24 hours
  • Highly collaborative team, including pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, psychologists, endocrinologists, dietitians, social workers, nurses and respiratory therapists
  • Home treatment program
  • Specialized cystic fibrosis inpatient unit for adults
  • Highly active in clinical trials for new cystic fibrosis therapies – has been involved in bringing nearly every new medication to market in the past 20 years
  • Offers typically more than 25 active CF clinical trials at any time
  • Works closely with basic scientists to conduct translational research
  • Associated with one of the largest, most established fellowship programs in pediatric pulmonology
  • Patients and research participants seen at the state-of-the-art KC and Ginny Bryan Pulmonary Diagnostic Center
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