Pulmonology specialists help kids breathe easier

When your child’s lungs are working well, he or she will take a deep breath, feel refreshed and get on with growing up. Asthma, pneumonia, sleep disordered breathing and a host of other lung conditions may rob some children of their full share of an active childhood.


By age 2, David was running and playing.

Treating diseases of the lungs, airway and chest
Pulmonologists at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital care for children who have lung, airway and chest diseases as well as sleep issues. Our pulmonologists work with physicians and scientists in other specialties to discover the newest ways to approach health problems and make current, evidence-based care available to your child. That’s the value of an academic hospital. Your child may also have unique opportunities to participate in clinical research, which helps improve care for all patients.

Cystic fibrosis testing and treatment

For 50 years, pulmonologists at The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital have been at the forefront of CF care for children from Minnesota, across the nation and around the world. A Cystic Fibrosis Foundation accredited care center, outcomes-based data they keep show we are the best in the nation. CF experts, specialists, psychologists, social workers, genetic counselors, and families work together to provide the very best patient care. If your infant has had an abnormal, or positive, screening for cystic fibrosis at birth, contact us to make an appointment for a sweat test certified by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A test and examination by our specialists can rule out or confirm whether your child has cystic fibrosis.

Sleep Care
Our pulmonology team includes a pediatric pulmonary and sleep physician that can provide consultation for sleep disorders and oversee sleep studies for children at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. 

We provide specialty care for lung-related conditions
  • Acid reflux with choking (gastroesophageal reflux disease with lung complications)
  • Apparent Life Threatening Events (ALTEs) in infancy
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic aspiration
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Ciliary dyskinesia
  • Complicated or prolonged cases of pneumonia
  • Fungal infections
  • Sleep disorders, including sleep-disordered breathing
  • Tuberculosis
  • Respiratory problems related to:
    • Brain or spinal cord injuries
    • Cancer
    • Heart disease
    • Muscular diseases (including Duchenne’s)
    • Neurological disorders
    • Premature birth
    • Transplants (Blood and marrow, heart, kidney, liver, total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant (TP-IAT))
  • Symptoms of undetermined origin such as:
    • Cough
    • Noisy breathing
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sinusitis
    • Wheezing
  • Ventilator dependent conditions
    • Tracheostomy care and management
Additional programs and services
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic lung disease management
  • CT, MRI, PET Scans
  • Cystic fibrosis sweat chloride testing
  • Education and advice for parents and families
  • Environmental control recommendations
  • Exercise testing
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Full range of microbiology analysis
  • Genetic counseling
  • Immune function analysis
  • Individual action plans
  • Medication and monitoring plans
  • Pulmonary-function tests for infants and children
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Surgery
  • Transition plans for teens with chronic lung diseases
Making discoveries for children
Studies on the following topics are currently underway:
  • Cystic Fibrosis Gene and New Therapy Development (in collaboration with a national network of 18 CF Centers, funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
  • Development of Pulmonary Function Test for Infants
  • Epidimiology of Lung Disease in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Studying the Development of Tools to Better Monitor the Development of CF Lung Disease in Infants and Young Children
  • Identifying Biomarkers of Lung Destruction in Urine and Airway Specimens of Patients with CF
  • Investigating the Use of A New Method to Measure Sweat Chloride for the Diagnosis of CF

Care Team

Genetic Counseling


Pediatric Pulmonology

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