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Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine

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Department of Pediatrics

Other acute and chronic respiratory diseases affecting infants, children and adolescents
To make appointments or contact us, call: 914-493-7585

Pediatric respiratory disease is quite common, and our specialists are experts in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of diseases.  All pediatricians are experts in common respiratory disorders, but rely on our special expertise when the diagnosis is not certain or the disease in is unusual.  The list of respiratory disease that can occur in children is long, but some of the more common of these diagnoses include:

    • Our division is by far the largest center for both inpatient and outpatient care of children with asthma and related disorders in the region.
    • Our fellows and faculty follow all children with chronic lung disease who graduate from our own Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as the other units in the region. Because of our special relationship with Blythedale Children's Hospital, one of the premier children's rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, our graduates are very experienced in the management of chronic ventilator-dependent infants.
    • WMC is a designated Cystic Fibrosis Care Center of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with over 100 children and 50 adults cared for by our Pediatric and Adult CF Programs.
    • WMC has a state-of-the-art 4 bedded sleep center, and our division interprets hundreds of pediatric sleep studies each year performed there as well as at many other sleep labs in the region.
    • WMC is a state-designated Infant Apnea referral center, with over 150 infants and children referred yearly for evaluation and management of apnea and central hypoventilation syndromes.
    • The 18 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is the only PICU in the 7 county Hudson Valley Region. We transport all critically ill children from the region for tertiary care. Our pulmonary fellows are very involved in the management of patients in the PICU, including management of postoperative respiratory complications in children following surgery of all kinds, including neurosurgery and open heart surgery.
    • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is the only quaternary level NICU in the region. With 50 beds, our NICU offers all services including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The entire spectrum of congenital and acquired respiratory disorders of newborns is seen.
  • LOWER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, including severe pneumonias due to a wide variety of causes.
  • PULMONARY REACTIONS to chemical injury, multiple trauma and foreign bodies
    • Westchester Medical Center (WMC) houses the only burn center in the region, and our fellows are regularly consulted in the management of children in the burn center.  Children are referred to our burn center not only from the entire state, but the entire region. 
  • ASPIRATION syndromes
    • Many children develop respiratory symptoms because a little bit of saliva or formula or food “goes down the wrong pipe.”  This is a lot more common than people realize and can be missed for many years.  It is essential for good lung health that this problem be detected early so that recurrent aspiration can be prevented.
  • ANOMALIES of the respiratory system
    • As the only children’s hospital in the lower Hudson Valley, our center is referred hundreds of children each year with structural (anatomical) or functional abnormalities of the respiratory tract.  Our specialists are trained in how to recognize these disorders and know what treatments are best suited for that individual child.
  • PULMONARY DISORDERS of infants with cancer, both primary, and secondary to treatment.
    • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital has a large active hematology/oncology division, and children with cancer frequently develop respiratory disease.  Our physicians stand ready 24/7 to assist our oncologists in the care of this very fragile group of children.
  • PULMONARY DISORDERS in children with the entire spectrum of complex   congenital heart disease, including chronic illness and postoperative management
  • PULMONARY DISORDERS in children with neurological or genetic disorders.    Many children with neurological disorders or disorders of the muscles or skeleton are prone to recurrent pneumonia or chronic coughing.
  • INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASES, including disorders with infectious, immunological and collagen vascular etiologies.
    • Our division manages hundreds of children living at home in the region on mechanical ventilation, with tracheostomies, or using noninvasive ventilatory assist including CPAP and BiPaP.