Division of Pulmonary Medicine Overview

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital provides outstanding clinical care, leads in medical education, quality improvement and pediatric pulmonary health advocacy work, and conducts a wide range of basic, clinical and translational research activities.  We could not be more proud that in 2020, US News and World Report designated our pulmonary division as the top division in the country. We believe this reflects the incredible teamwork we practice here at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Division staff provide clinical care for infants, children, and young adults with a variety of chronic and acute respiratory disorders. The Division’s Cystic Fibrosis Center cares for approximately 650 patients, approximately 350 of whom are pediatric patients. The clinical service accounts for about 8000 inpatient days and more than 15,000 outpatient visits each year. There are greater than 700 bronchoscopy procedures performed each year including bronchoalveolar lavage and transbronchial biopsies. Additional procedures performed with the aid of bronchoscopy include whole lung lavage, airway dilation, airway stent placement, and dynamic bronchoscopy for airway evaluation. The Lung Transplant service cares for patients both pre-, peri- and post-operatively performing 5-8 new transplants each year. 

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory performs more than 15,000 tests each year.  Some of the lung function studies performed include spirometry, measurements of total lung capacity and its subdivisions by body plethysmography and helium dilution, diffusing capacity, airway challenge studies, sweat tests, assessment of respiratory strength, graded cardiopulmonary exercise testing and dynamic airway assessment during exercise in vocal cord dysfunction clinic.