Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis

As one of the first care centers accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has provided nationally recognized care to people with cystic fibrosis (CF) for more than 60 years. Our program offers the most advanced cystic fibrosis care available, including a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, access to innovative clinical research trials, and the support of a comprehensive, compassionate care team.


Call to Schedule an Appointment Today

To schedule an appointment with one of our cystic fibrosis specialists, please call 216-844-1750 or schedule your appointment online.

What Is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis affects breathing and digestion. It causes the body to make thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways of the lungs, and it can prevent the pancreas from doing its job to help digest food. In people with cystic fibrosis, the sweat glands also produce very salty sweat.

Care for Children

Most people with cystic fibrosis receive their diagnosis when they are babies or children. In fact, two thirds of cystic fibrosis patients are diagnosed by one year of age. At University Hospitals, we’re honored to help our pediatric cystic fibrosis patients live happy, full and longer lives.

Care for Adults

As our cystic fibrosis patients grow from children to adults, we transition their care in a carefully orchestrated manner. Our team has the experience and expertise to provide the specialized care that adults with cystic fibrosis need, which is important because the condition often becomes more complicated with age.

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis – Newborn Screening & Sweat Testing

Testing for cystic fibrosis may be needed if you or your child has an abnormal screen or experiences signs or symptoms of cystic fibrosis, including persistent cough, frequent lung infections or trouble gaining weight.

Why Choose UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for Cystic Fibrosis Care?

The LeRoy W. Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Care Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has been one of the country’s leading cystic fibrosis programs since 1957. Operating as part of a major academic medical center, our board-certified cystic fibrosis doctors are also engaged in leading research in the search for a cure and training the next generation of cystic fibrosis physicians. From routine treatment to the most complex care, our patients receive the most advanced cystic fibrosis care available, including access to innovative clinical trials.

See a snapshot of our performance as measured by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Care

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Care

Find a Doctor

Find a cystic fibrosis specialist today.

Research & Clinical Trials

The goal of out Cystic Fibrosis Research Program is to maintain a continuum between the basic science work and final Phase III clinical trials for innovative cystic fibrosis treatments.

Patient Stories

Read stories about advancements in cystic fibrosis treatment and other related topics.