The Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine comprises 17 pediatric pulmonologists and nurse practitioners. They focus on exemplary clinical service and care, training and education about respiratory conditions and their management, and research on the prevention, diagnosis, understanding and therapies of acute and chronic conditions affecting breathing in childhood.

The division provides comprehensive interdisciplinary care to children in the Pacific Northwest WWAMI region. In 2013, more than 3,000 children received care from clinicians of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and regional outreach clinics. The division is nationally recognized for its expertise and research contributions. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine includes a Cystic Fibrosis Center, a Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center and sub-specialty clinics for asthma, neuromuscular disease and technology-dependent children; each conducts clinical, educational and research activities. The division participates in multiple national networks of research and care, including the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network, the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Network and the Spine and Chest Wall Deformity Network.

The division also provides general pulmonary evaluations for symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonia, wheeze, chest pain and exercise intolerance. Division staff members conduct clinical and translational research, and research in molecular genetics, microbiology, epidemiology and health services and outcomes. Current research focuses include the pathogenesis and treatment of chronic airway infection in children with cystic fibrosis, outcome measures of progressive airway disease in infants with cystic fibrosis, gene expression in airway epithelial cells from wheezy infants, functional consequences of spine and chest wall deformities in young children and epidemiology of sleep disorders in high-risk populations.

The division has an accredited pediatric pulmonary fellowship program and participates in the sleep medicine fellowship program administered by the University of Washington School of Medicine. It has won numerous teaching awards from pediatric residents and medical students alike. Members of the pulmonary faculty serve in leadership positions on regional and national professional organizations. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine remains productive, with its members publishing more than 35 articles, chapters and national position papers annually over the last five years.

Fellows

  • Laurie C. Eldredge, MD, PhD
  • Stephen R. Reeves, MD, PhD

Team Member Spotlight

Susan Casey

RD

The goal of pulmonary nutrition is to teach children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and other chronic lung diseases how to get the nourishment they need. I am involved in clinical standard work to improve the absorption of Vitamin D in children and adolescents with CF who typically don’t absorb fat well. Our team also implements best practices to diagnose and manage CF-related diabetes and works with many clinical teams to improve nutrition for ventilator-dependent infants and children.