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Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Providing a full range of care for acute and chronic respiratory diseases in infants, children and adolescents.

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine provides comprehensive care to infants, children and adults with a full spectrum of respiratory disorders. The Division is committed to excellence and is nationally recognized for quality of patient care, education, research and advocacy. Care is guided in all age groups by the routine measurements of lung function, including pre-school age testing that is unique and unavailable at other pediatric centers. Disease-specific programs driven by pulmonary faculty include the Duke Cystic Fibrosis Center, the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway CenterDuke Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program, and the Duke Neuromuscular Program. Comprehensive multi-disciplinary care is provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists and social workers. Personnel in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine are also involved in a wide array of basic science and clinical research.


The Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides consultative care for patients with the following conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Breathing disorders during sleep
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic lung disease of infancy
  • Aspiration syndromes
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Home ventilation
  • Respiratory dystrophies
  • Restrictive lung diseases
  • Mucopolysaccharidoses, such as Pompe's Disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Rare lung diseases

Asthma care is provided both at the Duke Children's Health Center at the Duke Medical Center main campus on Erwin Road in Durham, at Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services, and at the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airways Disorders Clinic.  A special expertise of the Duke pediatric pulmonary faculty is the evaluation of infants and younger children with recurrent cough and wheezing.

The Division operates the only laboratory in North Carolina dedicated to the evaluation of sleep in children with respiratory-disordered breathing. The director, Dr. Richard Kravitz, is board-certified in sleep medicine, as well as pediatric pulmonology. This laboratory is supported by a close relationship with Duke's otolaryngologic surgeons and pediatric neurologists.

The Division is also home to the Duke Cystic Fibrosis Center, the first in North or South Carolina, which is certified by the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This clinic offers multidisciplinary care for infants, children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Evaluation for lung transplantation is available for adolescents above the age of 16 years. The adolescent/adult lung transplantation program is one of the largest and most experienced in the nation. A key to patient assessment is the measurement of pulmonary function, which is performed for all age groups. The Division offers the only routine non-sedated pulmonary function assessments in the nation for infants and pre-school age children.

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Richard M. Kravitz, MD Pediatric sleep disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, polysomnography, pulmonary disease secondary to muscular dystrophies and neuromuscular weakness, technology- dependent children, asthma, complicated pneumonias, recurrent pneumonia, congenital lung malformations, reflux-related lung disease, pediatric lung disease
Jeffrey S. Loeb, MD Airway anomalies, asthma, cystic fibrosis, apnea of prematurity, chronic lung disease of infancy, pulmonary function testing, sleep disordered breathing, chest wall disorders
John W. Sleasman, MD Immune deficiency diseases in children and adults; disorders of immune regulation; immunodiagnostics


Steven Clark Staff Specialist
Jo-Ann Croft Staff Specialist
Laura Beth Dosier, MD Fellow
Jennifer Edelschick, RPT Physical Therapist
Jennifer John, BSN Nurse Clinician
Peter Malinosky Senior Business Manager
Barbara McLurkin, PNP Nurse Practitioner
Susanne Meghdadopur, FNP Nurse Practioner
Gloria Pinero, CCRC Clinical Research Coordinator
Kari Yarwood, RN Nurse Coordinator
Gail Yashar, LCSW Social Worker

Clinic Hours and Location

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
Pulmonary Clinic
Second Floor
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-668-4000
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Duke Asthma, Allergies, and Airways Center
4309 Medical Park Drive
Durham, NC 27704
Tel: 919-681-3364
Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-862-1200
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Appointments and Contact Information

To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric pulmonology are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.

  • For new or return appointments at the Children's Health Center, please call 919-668-4000 or 919-684-3364.
  • For new or return appointments at the Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airways Disorder Center, please call 919-668-4000 or 919-684-3364.
  • For new or return appointments at Duke Children's and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services, please call 919-668-4000 or 919-862-1200.
  • To schedule an appointment online, log on to Duke MyChart.
  • For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-684-3364.
  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask for pager #7315.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-681-3364 or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).