Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
The Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine provides diagnosis and treatment to children of all ages with acute and chronic respiratory and allergic disorders as well as sleep disturbances. Additionally, we are active in clinical, translational and basic research; many of these research endeavors involve therapeutic trials. As part of our academic mission, education is a central component involving all levels of trainees, medical students, residents and fellows.
The Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine is part of several national care and research networks; thereby, providing state of the art services to children throughout Indiana and regionally. Our mission statement guides our clinical, educational and research focus:
- Provide family centered, child focused, comprehensive, state of the art clinical care for children with respiratory, allergic and sleep disorders throughout the state of Indiana and regionally.
- Provide a specialized medical home for children with chronic respiratory, allergy and sleep illnesses that interfaces with hospital-based care and community based care.
- Conduct basic, clinical and translational research that directly translates new discoveries and therapies into improved care of children with respiratory, allergy and sleep disorders.
- Train future pediatric physician-scientists and clinician educators to sustain and expand our specialized programs.
Priorities of the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine include clinical services, research and education.
Clinical services are provided in a variety of locations throughout the state. Children who receive care are located throughout the state and country. Highly experienced physicians, nurses and other team members work with children and families to design treatment and follow-up care that are effective and sustainable. Our pediatric pulmonology services consistently ranks in the top 15 on the annual U. S. News and World Report list of Best Children’s Hospitals.
We provide specialized programs for children with cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, asthma, allergies, chronic lung disease of prematurity, primary ciliary dyskinesia, home ventilation needs, airway difficulties and other respiratory problems.
We provide highly specialized services using sophisticated technology. Our pediatric pulmonary function laboratory is one of only a few sites in the U. S. performing unique testing for infants. Our large bronchoscopy program provides specialized services to children needing airway evaluation. Our metabolic and exercise testing as well as our sleep laboratories assists in evaluating the causes of children’s breathing and sleep difficulties; thereby serving as a valuable resource for physicians throughout Indiana.
The overall goal of this research program is to understand the initiation, pathogenesis and progression of respiratory and allergic disease in the hopes of identifying and refining treatment or methods of disease prevention. Our research spans many areas and involves basic, clinical and translational research. We are active in the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutic Development Network and Genetics Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium. Participation in research projects and/or clinical trials are available for many patients that attend our clinic.
Our educational services include an active Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship program as well as a dedicated director who leads education of the residents and medical students. Lecture series that cover a broad range of topics are a central component of our educational activities as well as bedside teaching both on the inpatient and outpatient services. We also provide education to providers throughout the state through regional lecture series and/or conferences.