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Pediatrics specialties

Pulmonary medicine

The Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic in the VCU Department of Pediatrics is the only specialty group in Central Virginia dedicated to the evaluation and ongoing treatment of all pediatric pulmonary diseases and the only accredited cystic fibrosis center in the region. Specialists provide in-depth clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing and ongoing treatment for pediatric patients who have chronic pulmonary problems such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Because the care of pulmonary patients is complex and multifaceted, the staff and faculty train medical students to work closely with primary care physicians who will have a continuing role in addressing the day-to-day health needs, while a specialty team works to address the unique needs of children with lung problems.

Services provided

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient services for infants and children with acute and chronic respiratory problems, including:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Infantile wheezing
  • Mucus clearance
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pulmonary mycosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary sleep disorders 
  • Chronic lung disease of infancy (bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Immotile cilia syndrome
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Congenital lung anomalies
  • Respiratory problems of neuromuscular disorders
  • Respiratory problems of sickle cell disease
  • Respiratory failure and insufficiency (home ventilators, tracheotomy care, long-term supplemental oxygen need)

Diagnostic testing

A dedicated pediatric pulmonary function laboratory is available for spirometry, lung volume and exercise testing. Patients can be referred directly for these lab services.

  • Pulmonary function testing
    • Spirometry (alone or before and after treatment)
    • Lung volume testing
    • Diffusion capacity
    • Exercise testing
    • Flexible endoscopic evaluations of the upper and lower airways
    • Noninvasive end-tidal CO2 measurement
    • Noninvasive oxygen monitoring
    • Sweat testing
    • Full radiologic and laboratory services

Patient education

  • Asthma education
  • Use and cleaning of inhaled medication and delivery devices
  • Airway clearance methods and equipment
  • Administration of inhaled medications

More information

Appointments and location

Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)

Services are provided at the Nelson Clinic, 1st Floor and Fredericksburg Multispecialty Center.

Meet the team