Pediatric Pulmonary Care and Cystic Fibrosis Team
Our PhysiciansPediatric Pulmonologists: a pulmonologist is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of lungs, breathing and chest disorders. Pulmonologists can diagnose problems and use treatments like medicine and therapy. If a child needs an operation, the pulmonologist brings a surgeon into the team.
Pulmonary Surgeons: a pulmonary surgeon is a doctor who performs surgeries on the chest and lungs. The pulmonary surgeon works very closely with the pulmonologist to develop the best treatment plan for a patient. They also perform lung transplants.
Critical Care Specialists: Collaborate with specialists in all medical and surgical specialties to provide state-of-the-art care for critically ill children, including those who have life-threatening conditions, are posttransplant, who require unusual forms of mechanical ventilation (e.g., high frequency ventilation, ECMO) or who require unusual forms of therapy only available at tertiary care facilities.
Other SpecialistsEar, Nose and Throat Specialists - Ear, nose and throat specialists are also called otolaryngologists. We work closely with ENT physicians at Stanford to help diagnose and treat children with breathing problems.
Endocrinologists - People who have cystic fibrosis can be at risk for developing diabetes. An endocrinologist is a specialist in the field of diabetic medicine, and can help anyone who develops cystic fibrosis related diabetes.
Gastroenterology Specialists - Sometimes a child's breathing problems are related to other organs such as the stomach and intestines, or nutrition. We work with gastroenterologists who specialize in these areas to provide a full range of treatments to our patients.
Heart Specialists - We work closely with the cardiologists and heart surgeons in treating children who have complex lung and heart conditions.
Neonatologists - Infants who are born prematurely sometimes have breathing problems as their lungs have not fully developed. We work with the physicians in the intensive care nurseries to take care of babies who need special treatments.
NursesPediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP): A PNP is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of children. A PNP is licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment, and follow-up.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): An FNP is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a Nurse Practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of the entire family. An FNP is licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment, and follow-up.
Clinical Nurse Specialists: a Clinical Nurse Specialist is a Registered Nurse (RN) who has advanced education and clinical training in a health care specialty area such as cystic fibrosis. Clinical nurse specialists see patients in clinic for follow up, assessment, and treatment.
Other StaffRespiratory Care Practitioners: respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) work to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders under the direction of a physician.
Registered Pulmonary Function Technologists: registered pulmonary function technologists (RPTs) perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary laboratory to assess lung function.
Clinical Social Worker: a clinical social worker (CSW) provides emotional support, care coordination, and resource assistance for families.
Nutritionists: A nutritionist (dietitian) provides consultation, evaluation, and diet instruction to parents and children - for those who are well or those who need special therapeutic diets for chronic conditions such as cf, diabetes and the acutely ill.