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 and a host of other lung conditions rob some children 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 Amplatz Children’s Hospital care for children who have lung, airway and chest diseases. 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 has unique opportunities to participate in clinical research, which improves care for all. U.S. News & World Report in 2011 ranked pulmonology care at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital among the nation's best.

Cystic fibrosis testing and treatment

For 50 years, pulmonologists at The Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at University of Minnesota Amplatz 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.

We provide specialty care for lung-related conditions
  • Acid reflux with choking (Gastroesophageal reflux disease with lung complications)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Complicated cases of pneumonia
  • Fungal infections
  • 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

Our Providers Make the Difference
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Warren Regelmann, M.D. wrote about Genetic Research and Cystic Fibrosis in an article published in Minnesota Health Care News, June 12, 2012. It appears on pages 12 and 13.

Patient stories

Meet David
Mike and Cheri waited a long time to meet their son David (pronounced Dah-veed). When they finally met the seven month old at an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, the months of paperwork, phone calls and travel arrangements made the wait worthwhile. “It was such an incredible moment,” recalls Mike. “We were just overcome with emotion.” While in Bogota, Mike and Cheri learned that David was experiencing respiratory problems, which was likely due to the pollution and high altitude. “Our hope was that when we brought him home to Minnesota, he would improve,” Cheri says.
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Meet Aidan & Mason
Dean and Jen’s twin boys, Aidan and Mason, were born premature at 33 weeks at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, the boys were doing well in the neonatal intensive care unit. Then, Dean and Jen got the news that Aidan had tested positive for cystic fibrosis (CF).
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