The Division specializes in evaluation, consultation and care for all respiratory disorders of infants, children and teenagers, continuing through the transition into adulthood for patients with cystic fibrosis and other chronic disorders. Common referrals to our services are for asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic cough, congenital anomalies of the respiratory tract, cystic fibrosis, diffuse and interstitial lung diseases, infant apnea, pulmonary tuberculosis, recurrent pneumonia, obstructive sleep apnea, stridor, wheezing, and others.
- Medical & nursing services
- Pulmonary function tests
- Exercise testing
- Nutritional support
- Inpatient and home care
- Artificial airway care
- Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
- Bronchopulmonary hygiene
- Mechanical ventilator support (invasive and non-invasive)
- Specialized respiratory home care
Diagnostic tests and outpatient consultation are provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and inpatient care is available on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week. Specialized staff directing their expertise towards care of patients with respiratory disease include a dietitian/nutritionist, a medical social worker, respiratory therapists, a genetic counselor, pharmacists, a nurse coordinator, pediatric nurse practitioners, a research nurse, and a clinical coordinator.
Drs. Akong, Hagood, Lesser, Lim, Cernelc-Kohan, Ross and Ryu care for outpatients referred by community or hospital-based physicians during multiple outpatient pulmonary clinics and cystic fibrosis clinics at RCHSD. Satellite clinics in Murrieta, are conducted on an additional monthly basis. The Division conducts approximately 3,600 outpatient visits per year. The inpatient pulmonary service is among the busiest at RCHSD, with a daily census ranging from 10 to 30 patients per day. Inpatient consultation is also provided to neonatal intensive care nurseries at UCSD/Hillcrest Medical Center and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.
Clinic Number: (858) 966-5846 (No clinic, main office number)
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