Pediatric Pulmonology

Among the Nation’s Best Children’s Pulmonology Programs

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in numerous pediatric specialties, including pulmonology. We are driven by the desire to improve quality of life and outcomes for children with chronic and acute lung disease. With this dedication to excellence, our Rainbow pediatrics team consistently ranks in the top 20 in the nation for our pediatric pulmonology care.

Advancing Standards of Care through Innovative Research

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s has a robust research initiative dedicated to improving outcomes for children with lung-related diseases. Our interstitial lung disease program is at the forefront of research for these rare conditions. We are enrolling patients in a newly initiated national interstitial patient registry which allows us to compare treatment outcomes and collaborate with other pulmonology programs across the U.S. Equipped with this evidence-based data, our specialists are part of an elite team leading the nation toward a better understanding of and care for interstitial lung diseases in children.

As a primary pediatric affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, our center conducts ongoing research in pulmonology and sleep disorders. Through this collaborative partnership, we are setting national standards for care and treatment, improving the lives of children every day.

Multidisciplinary Team of Experts Dedicated to Children’s Lung Conditions

Our multidisciplinary pediatric team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric pulmonologist, pulmonary nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory and physical therapists, dietitians and child life specialists. We take a compassionate, well-rounded approach to care, keeping the whole child top of mind. We also work closely with other departments and specialties to coordinate care for children who have complex medical conditions.

International Expertise in Cystic Fibrosis

Pediatric pulmonary specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s are the world’s pioneers in advancing cystic fibrosis treatment. Through a dedicated commitment to clinical research, our own team has been instrumental in the development of new treatments and approaches to care, including anti-inflammatory therapy to control inflammation in patients’ lungs. Due much in part to this expertise, the life-expectancy of young patients across the country has increased from age 11 in 1970 to a nationwide life expectancy of more than 38 years – and our oldest patients at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s are over 60 years old. We are proud that our discoveries in this critical area of science have enhanced the standard of cystic fibrosis care around the world.

Pediatric Asthma Expertise is Critical for Long-Term Management

Asthma is the most common condition in children, but also one that can be extremely serious. Our pediatric pulmonary team provides expert care in the diagnosis and treatment for asthma, continuing to advance care for improved quality of life. Environmental issues, especially in urban communities, have long affected air quality and breathing function, especially in children as their lungs continue to grow and develop. For the diagnosis and treatment of any breathing issue, but especially for life-threatening asthma symptoms, it is critical to see a pediatric pulmonary expert. Our team has the experience and expertise to identify the issues that trigger your child’s asthma and develop an individualized treatment plan for long-term successful management.

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Specialists

Our team of pediatric pulmonary specialists are dedicated to advancing care for many rare disorders, including primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). We help patients and families better understand every aspect of this complex genetic disorder that affects the cilia, tiny hair-like structures that line the airways, ears and sinuses. With a focus on primary ciliary dyskinesia treatment in both children and adults, we are home to the first fully accredited PCD Center in the U.S. and the only approved PCD center in Ohio.

Expertise in Caring for Children with Complex Breathing and Swallowing Issues

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is one of only a few aerodigestive programs in Ohio. Aerodigestive means disorders that affect a combination of the respiratory tract and upper part of the digestive tract, so it’s important to bring a team of pediatric pulmonologists and other pediatric specialists together. Because conditions affecting the aerodigestive system are often interrelated, our multidisciplinary care team works together with pediatric pulmonary, otolaryngology (ENT) and pediatric gastroenterology specialists, for a collaborative and integrated approach to diagnosis and treatment.

National Reputation for Sleep Diagnosis and Treatment

Our board-certified pediatric sleep specialists are also leading the nation in child-friendly sleep studies, diagnosis and treatment. This expertise has made us one of the leading referral centers in the country. We use a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat some of the most complex sleep cases. Our innovative techniques include non-invasive ventilation and ventilator assessments for children with special needs, including those who have had wind pipe surgery (tracheostomy).

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) Expertise

Children who have been born prematurely often have severe difficulties with breathing in the first few years of life - difficulties that can still be evident later in childhood. Our clinical team and researchers are developing new, improved methods for managing BPD – including not only expert management of ventilatory support and oxygen requirements, but also new approaches that may help speed recovery.

Multidisciplinary Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Treatments

Pulmonary hypertension is a condition that causes high blood pressure inside the blood vessels of the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure inside the lungs) is different than regular high blood pressure in the body that is diagnosed with a blood pressure cuff at your doctor’s office. Blood pressure inside the lungs has to be measured in other ways.

When pulmonary hypertension happens, then the heart has to work harder. This causes a child to feel tired or out of breath – especially during activity. Rainbow Babies & Children’s has a team of pediatric experts who are specialized in diagnosing and treating children with pulmonary hypertension, no matter the reason for the pulmonary hypertension, whether its premature lungs, congenital heart disease or another cause. Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric pulmonologists, pediatric nurses, pediatric respiratory therapists, nutritionists and pediatric echocardiographers.

The Rainbow Pulmonary Hypertension program provides state of the art diagnostic modalities including pediatric heart catheterization, echocardiography and pulmonary function testing as well as pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit and a brand new pediatric cardiac step down unit. Our experienced team also provides access to enrollment in clinical trials and other groundbreaking research to advance care for this rare, but serious disease.

Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Specialization

Interstitial and diffuse lung diseases of childhood are a group of diffuse rare lung diseases that can affect babies, children and teenagers. Often known as childhood interstitial lung diseases, but also named chILD Syndrome or Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Disease, these rare lung diseases can many times be identified within the first few months of life.

The identification of new lung diseases is constantly evolving and our team is at the forefront of the most up to date diagnostic and treatment options. We participate in the nation’s first interstitial registry to carefully monitor and improve outcomes.

Technology Dependence

Along with advanced pediatric sleep medicine expertise, the pediatric pulmonary center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has a team that cares specifically for children that are dependent on equipment to help them breathe. Often times this includes a ventilator and tracheostomy tube.

At UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, our team has years of experience with ventilator management. We have a long-standing, multidisciplinary approach to the care of these medically complex and unique patients using up-to-date research and techniques. We collaborate with multiple specialties to address all of the needs of these children. Our goal is to provide respiratory support to the child, but also make it as easy and as comfortable for the caregivers. We appreciate how difficult it is to care for these children. Our technology dependence clinic sees children of all ages with many different indications for needing respiratory support such as prematurity, muscle weakness and/or lung disease.

Focus on Pulmonary Care Quality

As an academic medical center, our pediatric pulmonology program is led by physicians who are not only care providers but also researchers and teachers. Doctors from around the world come to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to learn innovative procedures from our experts.

We hold ourselves to an incredibly high standard of quality in every aspect of care, keeping patients and their families at the center of treatment decisions and longer-term disease management. Our team is continually focused on the unique needs of children – from the right size beds and equipment, to the support of nursing, behavioral and respiratory therapists, and child life specialists. It’s our goal to not only improve pulmonary outcomes, but also a child’s overall quality of life.