Comprehensive Care for Adults With Cystic Fibrosis

Emily DiMango, MD, meets with a patient in the Adult CF Program.

Cystic Fibrosis

​​The Gunnar Esiason Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Program

The Gunnar Esiason Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is a premier site for adult cystic fibrosis (CF) care and research in the New York City area. The program offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis and related conditions in adults. 

The Services and Support You Need—in One Location

The Adult CF Program provides unmatched clinical care for patients 18 years of age and older with cystic fibrosis and related respiratory disorders, including:

  • Kartegener’s disease/ciliary dyskinesia
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Mycobacterial lung disease

Patients are seen in a modern, state-of-the-art facility five days per week. We offer on-site pulmonary function testing, glucose tolerance testing, and blood work. 

We pay meticulous attention to infection control to prevent the spread of bacteria between patients. 

Eight members of the cystic fibrosis care team stand together where medical masks

Access to the Latest Treatments

As a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network (TDN) Center, we are one of the busiest CF clinical trial sites in the U.S., giving patients the opportunity for early access to potential breakthrough therapies. The program actively participates in the latest clinical and basic science research. And as part of Columbia, we train future experts in the care and study of adult CF.

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to CF

Our multidisciplinary team approach focuses on enhancing the quality of life and health for all of our patients, including patient education and outreach. The team includes:

  • Dedicated physicians
  • Full-time nurse practitioner
  • Social worker
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical therapist
  • Pharmacist staff

We understand that CF can impact every part of your life. Our team can assist patients with issues such as:

  • Optimizing their health
  • Airway clearance techniques
  • Medication approval
  • Home intravenous therapy
  • Home equipment
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Exercise
  • Work-related restrictions

Coordinated Care at Columbia

Patients also benefit from integrated care and support through other leading Columbia programs. The Adult CF Center teams with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program to help manage your symptoms. And when necessary, we work closely with the Center for Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplantation at Columbia, an established transplant leader for almost 40 years. Following lung transplantation, physicians from the transplant and the cystic fibrosis teams work closely together to provide comprehensive ongoing patient care.