Letter from Our Director

Stephanie Davis, MD

Stephanie Davis, MD

  • Director Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Our Section plays an important role in teaching, research and clinical service for Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, and Indiana University Health. We are proud to be consistently ranked in the top 20 of “U.S. News and World Report” rankings. Our care team includes physicians with subspecialty certification in pediatric pulmonology, allergy, and sleep medicine, advanced practice nurses, staff nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, and social workers, allowing for a multidisciplinary approach to care.

Our Section Mission Statement is defined as the following:

  1. Provide family-centered, child-focused, comprehensive, state of the art clinical care for children with respiratory, allergic and sleep disorders in Indiana
  2. Provide a specialized medical home for children with chronic respiratory, allergy and sleep illnesses that interfaces with hospital-based care and community-based care
  3. Conduct basic, clinical and translational research that directly translates new discoveries and therapies into improved care of children with respiratory, allergy and sleep disorders
  4. Train future pediatric physician-scientists and clinician educators to sustain and expand our specialized programs

Clinical Services

Specialty services for children are provided from infancy through the age of 18 years; these services are located on the campus of IU Hospital North, in our office at Meridian Crossing directly south of the IU Hospital North campus, and at Riley Outpatient Center in downtown Indianapolis, IN . We also have satellite clinics located at IU Saxony, Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN and at St. Francis Hospital. Our allergy group also provides services in Bloomington Indiana.

The cornerstone of the clinical services within the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine is the inpatient service provided to children with respiratory disease from around the state. Established over 40 years ago, our inpatient program offers expert family centered care for all pediatric respiratory disease. Outpatient comprehensive services include the state’s largest pediatric asthma practice where we care for patients from the entire state of Indiana. As part this service, we care for approximately 7,300 outpatients annually and also see nearly 150 patients as part of our high risk asthma program. With the largest pediatric sleep disorders program in the country and the only dedicated pediatric sleep laboratory in the state of Indiana, the Riley Sleep Disorders Program has performed over 50,000 sleep studies since its inception in 1985. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Riley Hospital is the only CF center accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Being one of the largest centers in the country, we offer state of the art care for patients with cystic fibrosis through a multidisciplinary team approach. The Pediatric Home Ventilator Program, now 25 years old and one of the country’s largest, provides medical care for over 150 children who require home mechanical ventilation. In 2013, we opened a center of excellence in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia and evaluate patients nationally for this rare disease. Our Infant Lung Disease program provides comprehensive medical care to a diverse patient population which includes children with chronic lung disease of infancy, anatomic airway abnormalities, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Down syndrome, chronic aspiration and children with a history of acute life threatening events (ALTE). Comprehensive Pediatric Allergy diagnostic and therapeutic services are available at both Riley Outpatient Center and Riley Children’s Specialists at Riley North. Our board certified pediatric allergists provide patient education as well as a complete array of diagnostics and therapeutic interventions.

Our pediatric pulmonary function laboratories located in the Riley Outpatient Center and our suburban locations at Riley Children’s Specialists at IUH North and Meridian Crossing offer a complete array of pulmonary function testing from infancy through 18 years of age. We have the only state of the art infant lung function testing in Indiana and serve as a national resource for a number of medical centers. We have a team devoted to pediatric bronchoscopy performing nearly 700 procedures annually.

Teaching

The Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine has an active ACGME accredited Pediatric Pulmonology fellowship program and have trained > 30 fellows in the past 30 years. We currently have the capacity to take 2 fellows annually as part of the ACGME match process. Most of our fellows remain in academic medicine and are located throughout the country. For more information see Pulmonology Fellowship.

Research

The Section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine is involved in basic, translational and clinical research. Our Section works closely with the Asthma and Allergy Research group located within the Wells Center for HB Wells Center for Pediatric Basic Research. Mentorship of fellows is a top priority for the Section and the faculty has extensive expertise in helping fellows achieve research goals. Specific areas of interest within the Section include cystic fibrosis, asthma and allergic diseases, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and specialized physiologic testing. The Section has successfully been awarded funding from the NIH, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and ALA.

The section of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine is a family oriented group of professionals who love their work and making a difference in the lives of the children and families for whom we provide care. Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about us.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Davis, MD