Asthma Research and Clinical Program
Asthma is a common childhood condition causing inflammation and narrowing of the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath. Asthma can be mild, but sometimes it can escalate to a serious attack. This condition can affect your child's quality of life causing interruption of sleep, difficulty with exercise activities, or loss of time from school or work. With proper management, most of our patients can control their asthma and have a normal active childhood.
Our pulmonologists are experienced in managing the full spectrum of asthma including the most severe cases. We provide diagnostic testing for asthma and for disorders that mimic asthma, and also specialize in the evaluation and treatment of wheezy infants.
Team multidisciplinary team includes pediatric physicians and pulmonologists, a nurse practitioner/educator and social worker. After that, we evaluate your child and provide close communication with child's primary care provider.
Our clinical services include
- Measurements in lung function: spirometry, lung volumes, diffusing capacity, exhaled nitric oxide
- Bronchial airway challenges, Impulse oscillometry
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and evaluation for exercise induced asthma
- Allergy skin testing
- Asthma Action Plans for Home and School
- Patient and Family Education; understanding asthma, managing asthma, using inhaled medications, making emergency plans
- Psychosocial services
We provide consultation in outpatient offices, emergency department, and inpatient services to provide seamless transitions and an exceptional continuity of care,
Our research program allows our young patients to benefit from clinical trials of the latest therapies. We are currently studying:
- Environmental interventions in management of asthma
- Immunologic approaches to reduce asthma
- Role of obesity in asthma