Pulmonology Fellowship


Riley Hospital for Children

Indiana's only comprehensive children's hospital providing sub-specialty care for patients, medical education for clinicians and state-of-the-art research. Riley has more than 245,000 inpatient and outpatient pediatric visits annually. It is home to an internationally ranked ECMO program in the state's most comprehensive neonatal units, the world's largest pediatric sleep disorders center, one of the nation's largest autism treatment centers and has one of the nation's largest pediatric residency programs. We are nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. Riley is connected to the nationally acclaimed Wells Center for Pediatric Research, which has developed new cures and therapies for childhood diseases since 1991.

In 2010, Riley Hospital opened the new Simon Family Tower, a $475 million expansion providing private rooms for 300 beds, a state-of-the art Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization Lab, expanded Emergency Department, Burn Unit and Cancer Center.

The Pediatric Pulmonary program is located at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis. Riley is the primary teaching facility for the Pediatric Department of the Indiana University School of Medicine and is the main tertiary referral center for children in the State of Indiana. The Pediatric Pulmonology service typically admits over 2,000 inpatients, including greater than 650 new patients per year.

Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit is a Level III facility with 60 Level 3C beds, accounting for 800 admissions yearly. The Section of Pulmonology is consulted for special problems in the NICU and is actively involved in the long-term management and follow-up of infants with apnea, BPD and other chronic respiratory disorders of infancy.

Riley Outpatient Center

In addition to general pulmonary clinics, other clinical programs with regularly scheduled high risk asthma clinic sessions include:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
  • BPD/Home Ventilator Clinic
  • Sleep Disorders Clinic
  • Infant Lung Disease Clinic
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Clinic
  • High Risk Asthma Clinic

State of the art laboratory support includes the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, the only facility in the state devoted to the evaluation of lung function in children and is one of only a few places in the country to offer pulmonary function testing for infants. . Other diagnostic methods include fiberoptic bronchoscopy and our metabolic and exercise testing laboratory, which is also available to physicians throughout Indiana. The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center is the largest Pediatric sleep lab in the nation; and the flexible bronchoscopy suite where over 50 bronchoscopies are done monthly.

The Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is connected to Riley Hospital for Children. Investigator research at the Wells Center has resulted in highly successfully external research funding including funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Heart Association, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Department of Defense. In 2010, the Department of Pediatrics ranked #7 nationally for ranked NIH funding to pediatric departments.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is located in central Indiana and provides specialized critical care services for patients from around the Midwest.

Acclaimed Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health offers a core PICU of 38 beds, a new CVICU and IU Health North in Carmel has an 8 bed PICU.

Highly qualified pediatric intensivists staff all units. Supporting the intensivists are a multidisciplinary team of skilled professionals (nurses, respiratory therapists etc.), specialty, and sub-specialty physicians providing the highest quality care for patients and their families.

Utilizing advanced technologies such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), advanced ventilation techniques and the most advanced modern medical modalities to treat serious medical conditions such as respiratory failure, sepsis (serious infection), congenital heart disease, and trauma (e.g. automobile accidents, near drowning, hypothermia etc.) this team cares for over 2000 critically ill children yearly.

Riley Hospital for Children, a partner of the IU Health care system, utilizes the IU Health Lifeline helicopters providing air-medical transport in conjunction with Riley's own Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care ground transport system. A transport team that is among the most experienced in the country, completing more than 1000 transports a year provide the clinical expertise needed for stabilization and transport of critically ill or injured children.

The Chronic Vent Program

The Pediatric Home Ventilator Program at Riley Hospital for Children is dedicated to supporting the care of children with respiratory problems that require chronic mechanical ventilation via tracheostomy at home. Our goal is to safely and seamlessly transition children from the hospital to home, provide state of the art care to our patients both at home and in the hospital,  with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for technology dependent child and the entire family.

The Chronic Vent Unit is currently based within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Section of Pulmonology provides the day to day management of ventilation and other respiratory support needs of these children. Specialists in child development and rehabilitation coordinate the developmental needs of the patients. This unit provides a unique opportunity for longitudinal management of chronic respiratory insufficiency of infants.