Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

The Section of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the University of Chicago is committed to providing exceptional care to children with a variety of pulmonary and sleep disorders in the inpatient setting, in consultations and in our numerous University of Chicago campus clinics and several off-site clinic locations.

The Section also focuses on training future pediatricians. Medical students and pediatric residents actively subscribe to the pulmonary elective, and a three-year ACGME approved pulmonary fellowship program has been reinvigorated. The section has a strong commitment to developing further understanding and new treatments of pulmonary diseases through basic science and clinical research.

Clinical Program

The physicians and staff of the pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicicine section at the University of Chicago provide comprehensive evaluation and management for a wide variety of pulmonary and sleep disorders including: complex apnea; asthma; birth defects; Bronchopulmonary dysplasia; Cystic fibrosis (CF); neuromuscular disorders leading to chronic lung problems; recurrent and persistent pneumonias; sleep-related breathing problems; insomnia; and unusual respiratory infections. They also provide ongoing care for children who require chronic ventilator support at home, including children with muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injuries.

Specialized tests, including minimally invasive procedures, are available to help determine the cause of even the most complicated problems in children. Some of the tests available include:

  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • Chest X-rays, computed tomography with CT Angio and 3-d reconstructed views and ventilation-perfusion scans
  • Sweat testing and genetic testing for diagnosis of cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Infant pulmonary function testing
  • Tests to assess lung function in children with exercise-induced symptoms
  • Sleep studies to detect breathing problems during sleep
  • Multimodality imaging studies, acoustic pharyngometry and rhinomanometry-based physiological measurements, upper airway endoscopy

The University of Chicago also maintains a fully accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center that provides specialized care to patients and families with cystic fibrosis. The Center has been continuously approved and funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1967.

The University of Chicago has a Sleep Disorders Center on campus.

Visit the Comer Children's Hospital website for more information about our pediatric pulmonary clinical care services.