Augusto A. Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H., Chief
The Pulmonary Division provides inpatient and outpatient consultation services for pediatric patients with respiratory disease. Our Pediatric Pulmonary providers care for children with shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, noisy breathing, oxygen and ventilator dependency, recurrent pneumonia and other common pediatric breathing conditions including asthma and cystic fibrosis. Faculty providers oversee the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory, the Pediatric Bronchoscopy Service, the Cystic Fibrosis Center, and work closely with the Sleep Disorders Center, the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Otolaryngology, and other subspecialties. The Division participates in the Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center (FLCEHC), evaluating and treating children with environmental exposures that may lead to lung problems.
There is a broad formal and informal teaching of pulmonary physiology and disease through conferences, electives, and informal patient management discussions. We also train fellows through our ACGMD accredited Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program.
Research activities focus on clinical studies of cystic fibrosis, respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis, lung disease in preterm infants, and developmental origins of asthma, lung diseases, and allergies. In addition, the division is home to basic science laboratories with a focus in understanding the mechanism of abnormal lung regeneration, airway fibrosis and early lung function decline from inhalation injuries.