Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
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 Center, Duke 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:
- Breathing disorders during sleep
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic lung disease of infancy
- Aspiration syndromes
- 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||Administrative 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
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Duke Asthma, Allergies, and Airways Center
4309 Medical Park Drive
Durham, NC 27704
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
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).
Duke Children's Ranked for Top Pediatric Care
Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best pediatric pulmonology programs, we are dedicated to innovative, compassionate and life-changing care for all children. [Learn more]
Duke Cystic Fibrosis Education Day will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education. [More]
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- Duke Children's Health Library
- Patient Care Guide: Asthma
- Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
- Pediatric Division of Allergy and Immunology
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Pediatric Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Comprehensive Neuromuscular Program
- Duke Asthma, Allergy and Airway Center
- Duke Asthma Clinical Research Center
- Pediatric Clinical Trials (Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine)
- Sleep Disorders
- Admits, Transfers and Referrals
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- American Lung Association
- American Thoracic Society
- Asthma (MedlinePlus)
- Asthma in Children (MedlinePlus)