Asthma, Breathing and Lung Specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado
At Children's Hospital Colorado, we strive to meet your child's and family's needs for information, recommendations, and support through evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. Our experts ensure your child receives the latest and best in care.
See a list of our Asthma, Breathing and Lung specialists.
Your Care Team
A pediatric pulmonologist is a pediatrician who specializes in the care of children and the treatment of lungs, breathing and chest disorders. Pulmonologists can diagnose problems and recommend treatments such as medicine and therapy. If a child needs an operation, the pulmonologist brings a surgeon into the team.
Read the American Academy of Pediatrics handout "What is a Pediatric Pulmonologist?"
A thoracic surgeon is a doctor who performs surgeries on the chest and lungs. Our surgeons are some of the most experienced in the country with lung biopsies. The thoracic surgeon works very closely with the pulmonologist to develop the best treatment plan for a patient. They also perform lung transplants.
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist
Ear, nose and throat specialists are also called otolaryngologists. We work closely with ENT physicians at Children's Hospital Colorado to help diagnose and treat children with breathing problems.
People who have cystic fibrosis can be at risk for developing diabetes. An endocrinologist is a specialist in the field of diabetic medicine, and can help anyone who develops cystic fibrosis related diabetes.
Sometimes a child's breathing problems are related to other organs such as the stomach and intestines, or nutrition. We work with gastroenterologists who specialize in these areas to provide a full range of treatments to our patients.
We work closely with the cardiologists and heart surgeons in treating children who have complex lung and heart conditions.
Infants who are born prematurely sometimes have breathing problems as their lungs have not fully developed. We work with the physicians in the intensive care nurseries to take care of babies who need special treatments.
These specialists meet the needs of individuals with cognitive, behavioral and physical dysfunctions relating to mild, moderate or major brain injury. Rehab specialists also work with people who have learning disabilities.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
A PNP is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner (NP), and has specialized in the care of children. A PNP is licensed to see patients for assessment, treatment and follow up.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
A clinical nurse specialist is a registered nurse (RN) who has an advanced degree and clinical training in a healthcare specialty area. Clinical nurse specialists see patients in clinic for assessment, treatment and follow up.
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Respiratory care practitioners, also known as registered respiratory therapists (RRT), work to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders under the direction of a physician.
Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist
Registered pulmonary function technologists (RPFTs) perform diagnostic procedures in the pulmonary laboratory to assess lung function.
Clinical Social Worker
A clinical social worker (CSW) provides emotional support, care coordination and resource assistance for families.
A nutritionist provides consultation, evaluation and diet instruction to parents and children - for those who are well or those who need special therapeutic diets for chronic conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, diabetes and the acutely ill.