Comprehensive Care for Even the Most Complex Lung Conditions

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has one of the most comprehensive and integrated pediatric pulmonology programs in the nation. Our pulmonary specialists are at the forefront of life-changing clinical research, and we participate in clinical trials that offer new hope to patients and families with lung-related diseases. Our approach to care is unique in that we have highly specialized care professionals, yet our team is integrated across specialties.

Pulmonary conditions range from more common to highly complex and very rare. Many conditions affecting the airways are inter-related, making a collaborative approach critical to ensuring your child receives the best care possible. Our team of specialists work together to deliver the best results.

If your child is referred to a pediatric pulmonologist or has experienced concerning symptoms, our team is ready to help.

Highly Specialized Team Provides Care for a Wide Range of Conditions

Our team at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is made up of highly specialized pediatric pulmonologists who are experts in their fields. We take an integrated approach to care so your child can meet with a range of specialists, as needed – usually together in a multidisciplinary clinic. Some of our specialized pulmonary care includes:

  • Aerodigestive Disorders: Disorders of the respiratory, ear/nose/throat and digestive systems, including the lungs, throat, mouth and esophagus, which make it difficult for a child to breathe or swallow properly.
  • Asthma: Recurrent episodes of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and trouble breathing, often triggered by infections and allergies in children.
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (Chronic Lung Disease): A form of chronic lung disease that usually affects newborns and infants. It can develop from damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation and long-term use of oxygen.
  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF): A hereditary disease that usually appears in early childhood and causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the child’s lungs and other organs. The mucus clogs airways causing coughing, shortness of breath, lung damage and infection.
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia: A rare genetic disorder that affects the function of cilia, the tiny structures that line the airways, ears, sinuses and other organs. It leads to frequent respiratory infections.
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases: A group of rare lung diseases that can affect babies, children and teenagers, most often known as childhood interstitial lung diseases, can be identified within the first few months of life.
  • Sleep Medicine: A wide range of sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or behavioral issues can affect the restful sleep children need for proper growth and development.
  • Respiratory support
  • Ventilator dependence