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Pulmonary Medicine

The mission of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine is to provide quality patient care to our patients, participate in graduate medical education of students, residents and fellows and to initiate original investigative research projects.

Division Structure
The division has two fellowship-trained and board-certified pediatric pulmonologists and one nurse practitioner. The division has a cystic fibrosis (CF) center accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a pediatric sleep disorders clinic, an infant apnea-identification clinic, a home-based ventilator program, and a pulmonary function lab.

The CF center has one full-time CF nurse coordinator, a full-time social worker and a part-time nutritionist. The division also has a pulmonary and chronic-ventilator program nurse coordinator, and one part-time research coordinator/pediatric and infant apnea nurse.

Clinical Care
Both physicians have maintained and continue to build a busy clinical practice. Children with a wide range of pulmonary disorders are seen in our clinics. These disorders include asthma, CF, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), apnea of infancy, pediatric sleep disorders, bronchiectasis, and other varieties of restrictive and chronic lung diseases. At Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM), there is a large pediatric CF center with about 180 patients seen in one of Michigan’s few accredited CF centers. In addition, we also supervise a satellite CF center in Flint with about 25 patients.

Outpatient Clinics/Sites

  1. Pulmonary and CF clinics: three half-days per week at (CHM) multi-specialty clinic area.
  2. Monthly CF and pulmonary clinic at Mott Children’s Health Center and Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.
  3. Pediatric sleep disorders clinic conducted at CHM twice a month.
  4. Infant apnea-identification-clinic twice a month at CHM.
  5. Pediatric sleep studies are performed at Harper Hospital Sleep Laboratory in the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) central campus area, and at the newly built sleep lab in Novi, Mich.

Teaching
The division members have participated in graduate medical education, residency selection, and residency and fellowship training processes. The division organizes two conferences each year and coordinates an ongoing CF-parent support group. The pediatric sleep disorder clinic provides training for sleep medicine fellows from Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University programs. Residents and medical students from WSU and William Beaumont Hospital residency programs rotate regularly.

  • CF Professional Caregivers Conference:
    This is conducted for the CF-care givers in the tri-state area of Michigan, Indiana and Northwestern Ohio. Several speakers from national and international institutions are invited to this conference. CME credit is provided by WSU to the attendees. Individuals with different medical professions have attended the conference. These included physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and social workers. More that 80 health-care professionals attend this conference each year.
  • Annual CF Update Conference:
    This conference is for CF patients and their family members. The meeting is held annually after the CF International Conference. Family members of patients with CF are invited to attend and learn about the disease, new developments, or progress in the diagnosis or management of CF. Several members of the CF center at CHM give presentations at the conference.
  • CF Family Support Group:
    The CF nurse and social worker coordinate CF family support group meetings held several times per year on a regular basis and publish a CF-newsletter quarterly. A CF Family Advisory Board has also been established.

Research
The division has participated in several multi CF center research projects and has initiated new research initiatives in collaboration with other departments at WSU and other CF centers in Michigan.