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, and some complex, medical conditions.
Our pulmonary nurses have extensive training in caring for patients with lung diseases. They are always available to you by phone. They manage patient admission and use of medications.
Our clinic nurses are licensed professionals with four-year nursing degrees. They provide all levels of nursing care, including administration of medicines. They also manage the daily flow of patients in our clinic.
Knowing what to eat and how to make your diet work are important and challenging aspects of 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 patients manage breathing function, sometimes using highly technical equipment. 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 keep chest muscles flexible and assists with clearing the thick secretions that occur with CF. Our physical therapists provide playful and fun approaches to exercise, and provide education on incorporating exercise into the child's routine at home.
Our pharmacist counsels patients on safe and effective use of and adherence to medications, as well as their adverse effects. 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 children and families. Our child life specialist can suggest necessary adjustments to new tasks, and can facilitate discussion about fears and concerns.
Our administrative team handles daily office operations, including billing and appointments.
Our research nurses collaborate with the rest of the CF team to coordinate and administer clinical studies, including organizing patients for admission and treatment.
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