Healthy Lungs For Kids Program
Winthrop-University Hospital’s Healthy Lungs for Kids Program is dedicated to making a difference in the respiratory health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults through outstanding patient care. We offer diagnos¬tic procedures and innovative, effective treatments.
Committed to the well-being of patients and their families, the program’s board-certified pediatric pulmonologists and nurse practitioner are known for being accessible and approachable. They combine knowledge, expertise and education with compassion and respect for the individual and diverse needs of the community.
The Healthy Lungs for Kids Program, run by the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, treats children suffering from a wide range of acute and chronic congenital, inherited and acquired breathing disorders, including:
- Asthma /Reactive Airway Disease/ Exercise Induced Asthma
- Acute Bronchiolitis / Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity)
- Bronchiectasis and other Chronic Suppurative Disorders
- Chest Wall Deformities
- Chronic Lung Disease including Tracheostomy and Technology Dependant Patients (Oxygen and Ventilator Care)
- Chronic Aspiration Syndromes
- Chronic Cough
- Congenital Airway and Lung Anomalies
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Pulmonary Complications
- Neuromuscular Diseases
- Noisy Breathing
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other Childhood Sleep Issues
- Lung Infections
- Pulmonary Tuberculosis
- Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease
The program offers both inpatient and outpatient services. The extensively trained, patient-focused staff provides exceptional, one-on-one attention in a family-centered environment. They work with the hospital’s other pediatric sub-specialists and consult regularly with every child’s pediatrician. Utilizing the most advanced technology, they evaluate the patient and create a customized plan to manage each child’s respiratory problem.
- Asthma & Allergy Patient Education Program: The Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner offers individualized education for children and families to help them manage asthma and allergies.
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Program (BPD): Designed for premature infants at high risk for chronic lung problems.
- Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: State-of-the-art, non-invasive testing to assess the child’s heart and lung function, including Exercise Challenge Testing to diagnose exercise induced asthma.
- Flexible Bronchoscopy: Evaluates infants and children with acute and chronic lung conditions.
- Pediatric Sleep Disorder Services: Evaluation, testing and management of children with sleep problems.
- Pulmonary Function Testing: Including bronchodilation testing and diffusion capacity testing to diagnose certain lung diseases such as asthma, to access the severity of lung problems and check how well a specific treatment is working.
- Sweat Test: A non-invasive test to diagnose Cystic Fibrosis.
With a long and sustained tradition of medical excellence, Winthrop-University Hospital is dedicated to promoting and fostering medical education and research that lead to new and better approaches to patient care.
In addition to teaching medical students and residents, the Division of Pulmonary Medicine has a three-year Fellowship Program. Each fellow is a fully trained pediatrician specializing in Pulmonary Medicine.