Pulmonology (Respiratory Care)

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Our pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as pulmonologists) treat infants, children and teens with diseases of the lungs and airways in family-friendly outpatient and inpatient environments. And because these diseases can affect other parts of the body, we work closely with specialists across Nemours. Together, our teams are dedicated to giving each child comprehensive and convenient care.

 
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Our pulmonary specialists evaluate and care for children with conditions such as:
  • airway obstruction
  • apnea (brief pauses in breathing, usually during sleep)
  • asthma (a lung condition that causes difficulty breathing)
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia (inflammation and scarring in the lungs that develops in premature babies after being on a ventilator for a prolonged period of time)
  • cystic fibrosis (a chronic genetic disorder that leads to excess mucus in the lungs along with other findings)
  • chronic cough
  • muscular dystrophy
  • recurrent pneumonia (lung infection)
  • sleep-related breathing problems
  • ventilator dependence
  • tracheostomy (a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the windpipe when breathing is obstructed)
  • tuberculosis (a specific type of bacterial infection of the lungs)
  • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), a virus that is particularly dangerous to premature babies

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Clinic Location: 4th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
 
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Our board-certified pediatric pulmonary specialists and sleep medicine professionals at Nemours Children’s Hospital evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide long-term management for infants, children, and teenagers with a variety of lung and airway diseases and sleep disorders. The American Board of Pediatrics has certified all our physicians to be experts in the treatment of children with respiratory and sleep disorders.

We offer a variety of services, many unique to Central Florida, to help children throughout the region (and their families) breathe and sleep easier.

Some of these services include:
  • pediatric sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension clinic
  • nationally recognized aerosol laboratory
  • multidisciplinary foundation-accredited Cystic Fibrosis clinic and Cystic Fibrosis research programs
  • pediatric Asthma Center with a severe asthma management program and NIH-funded asthma research projects
  • neonatal follow-up and comprehensive neonatal RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) prevention program. RSV affects the upper airway and lungs and can be serious in young babies and children with other medical problems
  • pediatric sleep laboratory for the diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing in children
  • full Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory with cutting-edge technology to provide basic lung function testing, full exercise testing, and bronchial challenges
 
Helping Children and Families Manage Chronic Pulmonary Conditions

No matter what your child’s condition, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic (long-term) illnesses that require repeated visits, our Respiratory Therapy Team is committed to building strong relationships with families. We’re also committed to teaching our patients and their families about their condition and how best to manage it.

Through education, we can help improve your child’s quality of life and can often reduce the number of school days your child misses as well as the number of times he or she requires emergency hospital care.

Our pulmonary specialists and nurses work hand-in-hand with registered respiratory therapists and trained pediatric nurses to provide expertise, guidance, and a variety of other services, including:

  • supplying medical gases needed for treatment
  • managing ventilator support
  • administering aerosol medications
  • performing lung function testing
  • educating families about equipment provided for home use
  • sleep studies
 
Making Sure Inhaled Medication Does the Most Good

Many children with respiratory problems, especially asthma, inhale their medications in aerosol form — fine particles of medicine suspended in air or some other gas. Sometimes the nebulizers and inhalers they use to inhale these medications don’t work properly — because the medication particles are too large to get into the child’s lungs.

Researchers in our aerosol laboratory study how to get more of the medicines where they’ll do the most good: in the lungs. By determining the right amount and size of particles that are needed, and finding ways to get the particles from their container into the lungs, our respiratory technicians help children derive the most benefit from every dose of medication.

 
Providing Convenient Care for Children and Families

In addition to seeing children on an inpatient and outpatient basis at the hospital location, our doctors regularly see patients at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, as well as our satellite locations at Lake Mary and Viera.

 
With Your Family From Clinic and Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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