Physicians and Fellows
A medical doctor (M.D.) will coordinate your child's care at the Cystic Fibrosis Center. Doctors make the initial diagnosis and work with the entire family on a treatment plan. A fellow is a doctor who is training in a highly specialized area of patient care or research. Our physicians and fellows will follow your child as he or she grows to make sure their condition is always under the best control.
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse who has completed advanced nursing education (generally a master's degree or doctoral degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common as well as a few complex medical conditions.
Our pulmonary nurses have extensive training in caring for patients with lung diseases. They are always available to you by phone and manage the admission of patients to the hospital as well as medications and orders.
Our clinic nurses are licensed professionals with four-year nursing degrees. They provide all levels of nursing care including the administration of medicines. They also manage the day-to-day flow of patients in our clinic.
Understanding what to eat and how to make your diet work is an important and challenging task in managing CF. To help you master this skill, our dietitians will meet with you at diagnosis and follow up regularly as your child grows and develops.
Having a child with CF can drain your physical, financial, and emotional resources. Our clinic has the support of a social worker to help you manage these special challenges.
Respiratory therapists help people breathe who need help and, using highly technical equipment, breathe for those who cannot breathe on their own. Our respiratory therapists also help to diagnose and treat respiratory illness.
Along with medical management, exercise is an important component of treating and managing CF. Exercise helps to keep the chest muscles flexible and assists with clearing the thick secretions that occur with CF. Our physical therapists in the hospital provide playful and fun approaches to exercise and provide education on ways to incorporate exercise into the child's routine at home.
Our pharmacist counsels patients on their medications about the proper use, adverse effects and adherence. This helps to ensure the safe and effective use of these medications. Our pharmacist also participates in disease-state management, optimizing and monitoring drug therapy and interpreting medical laboratory results in collaboration with our CF team.
Child Life Specialist
Managing CF can be very stressful for a child of any age and their family. Our child life specialist can help children and families make necessary adjustments to new tasks and can help them talk about their fears and concerns.
Our administrative team handles the day to day operations of our offices, including billing and appointments.
Our research nurses collaborate with the rest of the CF team in coordinating and administering clinical studies, including organizing patients for admission and treatment.
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