Meet the Team

 

Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care follows the guidelines suggested by the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The comprehensive and coordinated care team at our outpatient CF facility and inpatient units at Children's at Egleston and Children's at Scottish Rite consists of the following:

Pulmonologist
The pulmonologist monitors lung health in patients with CF. This specialist obtains studies, including lung function tests and sputum cultures, which help him decide the best course of treatment. They are responsible for deciding which routine, maintenance therapies are appropriate and when to begin an antibiotic or other therapeutic measure and often is the physician in charge of a patient’s care when hospitalization is necessary.

Kevin Kirchner, M.D.  
Director, Children's Cystic Fibrosis Affiliate Program at Scottish Rite
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children's at Scottish Rite

Steven Julius, M.D.  
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children's at Scottish Rite

Sophia Kim, M.D.  
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children’s at Egleston

LaTresa Lang, M.D.  
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children's at Scottish Rite

Julie Sedor, M.D.  
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children's at Scottish Rite

Arlene Stecenko, M.D.  
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children’s at Egleston

Gastroenterologist
The gastroenterologist is responsible for directing nutritional care and works with the nutritionist to ensure that each patient understands the need for optimal nutritional health. An integral member of the CF care team, this physician chooses enzyme-dosing regimens that work for every patient. The gastroenterologist watches for other gastrointestinal problems that can occur in patients with CF, such as liver disease, and helps monitor patients for the development of CF related diabetes.

Daniel Caplan, M.D.  
Gastroenterologist, Children’s at Egleston

Edith Pilzer, M.D.  
Gastroenterologist, Children’s at Scottish Rite

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The pediatric nurse practitioner is a care provider who works in a clinical role with the doctors. The nurse practitioner is able to see patients in clinic with doctors or via physician consult by phone as needed.

Barbara Crews, C.P.N.P.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cystic Fibrosis Affiliate Program Coordinator
Children’s at Scottish Rite

Stephanie Pendley, C.P.N.P.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children’s at Egleston

Nurse
The nurse assists with clinic appointment scheduling, prescription renewals and prior authorization for medicines or procedures. This person coordinates the scheduling of lab work, chest X-rays or other testing with follow-up on those results. The nurse can be called with any general or clinic follow-up questions.

Nutritionist
The nutritionist is trained in assessing the nutritional status and caloric needs for each patient. They can help with dosage of pancreatic enzymes to reduce stomach and bowel problems, as well as commercial nutritional supplements (calorie booster drinks) if needed. The nutritionist will design a nutrition action plan to make sure that patients and families are informed of nutritional progress and goals at each visit and during admission. The nutritionist also can help you manage your nutritional needs regarding CF-related diabetes and physical activity.

Pharmacist
The pharmacist is trained in all medicines used in the treatment of CF. This person can help your child and you understand why the different medicines are used, how to take them, what unwanted effects to expect from them and what combination of medicines to avoid. The pharmacist can answer any medicine-related (prescribed or over the counter) questions about medicines that your child takes for the treatment of CF or that which is prescribed by a doctor.

Physical Therapist
A physical therapist works with patients to improve flexibility, balance, coordination, movement, posture, endurance and strength throughout the body, using various exercises and activities.

Respiratory Therapist
The respiratory therapist manages a patient’s respiratory needs as either an outpatient or an inpatient. This person coordinates pulmonary function tests (PFTs) while in clinic and works with team members for follow-up PFTs. The therapist provides education on respiratory treatments and equipment, orders equipment and follows up with home care and vest companies. They are also is available to answer any questions about patients’ treatment or equipment.

Social Worker
The social worker is trained to understand family systems and look beyond the medical diagnosis to identify cultural, psychosocial and emotional factors affecting a patient's course of medical treatment. In addition to offering emotional support, the social worker can provide resources, advocacy and community referrals for financial concerns, insurance, school and legal issues.

Child Life Specialist
The child life specialist is trained in child development and how children and teenagers respond to and cope with illness. They are available to help your child understand and cope with their diagnosis and treatment plan through education and play. The child life specialist also will provide support for your child during procedures in both the inpatient and outpatient settings as well as help them express feelings about their illness. 

Clinical Research Coordinator
A specialized nurse who coordinates treatment and testing for children enrolled in research studies. The research coordinator also collects information (or data) on children enrolled in studies.


Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals who perform services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are independent providers and are not hospital employees.