Sarah E. Nash Lung Center

At the Sarah E. Nash Lung Center, at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, eight highly experienced board certified pulmonologists and a team of allied professionals provide state-of-the-art care for children with lung disorders.

Our group has a tradition of advancing treatment of lung disease in children through research. We are constantly learning about mechanisms of lung disease in order to design new diagnostic tests and treatments.

Outpatient services are offered at Morgan Stanley in Washington Heights, the Upper West Side of Manhattan (at 86th street), Englewood NJ, Stanford CT, and Westchester (Mt. Kisco). We also see patients in the emergency department and in the hospital at the Children’s Hospital.
Our team is known for its comprehensive approach, and for providing extraordinary continuity of care.

Pioneers in Caring for Children with Lung Disease

Our pediatric lung specialists and allied physicians have a long history of innovation:

  • In 1938, Dr. Dorothy Andersen, a pathologist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, published the first clinical description of cystic fibrosis.
  • In 1949, Columbia physician Dr. Paul di Sant’ Agnese, was the first to recognize babies with cystic fibrosis were at high risk for heat prostration during a heat wave. This observation led to the development of the sweat test which today is still an important diagnostic test used to diagnose cystic fibrosis.
  • Dr. Robert Mellins, a pioneer in the field of pediatric pulmonology, established one of the first pediatric pulmonary programs in the country at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mellins was also the first to describe the congenital central hypoventilation syndrome in children, a rare sleep-related breathing disorder.
  • Dr. Meyer Kattan now leads an important asthma multicenter initiative studying the pathophysiology and new treatments of asthma.

Our Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Our experienced, board-certified physicians and their colleagues are readily available to care for your child with either a common or complex breathing disorder. Our pulmonologists regularly meet with a large multidisciplinary team including nutritionists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and nurse practitioner/educators to design a comprehensive plan tailored to your child’s needs.

This team closely collaborates with endocrinologists, infectious disease physicians, gastroenterologists, geneticists, otolaryngologists, neurologists, surgeons, and lung or liver transplantation specialists, and other experts, as necessary.

Our Family-Centered Approach

We will teach you about your child’s breathing disorder and its management and offer family/social support. And we will partner with you and your child to personalize your child’s treatment. Our pulmonary team also consults on the inpatient service at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at New York-Presbyterian to customize a home plan for child’s long-term ventilator or other technological needs. Our goal is to provide a seamless transition for your child’s outpatient care which can be adjusted as needed.

Through our affiliations with national medical foundations, we offer your child the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation and treatments. In addition, our patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical research trials of new therapies.