Children's Physician Group—Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep (PACS)

Caring for Pediatric Respiratory Disorders

Children's offers advanced clinical services and the latest breakthroughs in treatment for children and teens with a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Aerodigestive disorders
  • Apnea in premature infants
  • Bradycardia 
  • Bronchitis and bronchiolitis
  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Chronic wheezing
  • Congenital (from birth) and acquired airway obstruction
  • Difficult to treat asthma
  • Drug, food and inhaled injuries
  • Immunodeficiency diseases 
  • Persistent cough
  • Pulmonary aspiration syndromes
  • Pulmonary complications of neurodevelopmental delay
  • Pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure of the lungs)
  • Sleep disorders

Pulmonary Function Testing

Allergy and Immunology

We also provide onsite pulmonary function testing, including:

  • Bronchoprovocation study—examines the amount of solution inhaled during the lungs
  • Exercise challenge
  • Inhalant medication and respiratory therapy review
  • Lung volume testing—tests the amount and speed in which air will enter the lungs
  • Methacholine challenge—diagnoses airway hyperactivity using a bronchial challenge test
  • Plethysmograph—measures total lung capacity and assesses lung volume restriction
  • Spirometry—measures the volume of air that can be inhaled and exhaled

Programs and Services

We offer several multispecialty clinics to provide highly specialized care for children with complex disorders, including:

  • Aerodigestive center: We manage children with illnesses that involve the gastroentestinal, ear-nose-throat and pulmonary systems such as airway issues, gastroesophageal reflux or feeding difficulties. Patients are seen in a multidisciplinary clinic by several specialists. 
  • Apnea clinic: We treat children of all ages with sleep-related issues as well as premature infants and those who experienced a life-threatening event.
  • Cystic fibrosis center
  • Allergy/severe asthma clinic: We diagnose and manage school-age children with asthma that is difficult to treat. Children who visit the clinic receive advanced asthma education and complete pulmonary function testing, including spirometry, plethysmography, and bronchoprovocation studies. Additionally, patients may have opportunities to participate in a number of multicenter clinical studies.
  • Sleep clinic: We offer evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for children of all ages with sleep-related issues. This is accomplished through a clinic where we provide consultation and management of: 
    • Insomnia
    • Narcolepsy
    • Nightmares and sleep terrors
    • Obstructive sleep apnea 
    • Other abnormal movements during sleep and any other problems related to sleep
    • Other problems with excessive sleepiness
    • Restless legs syndrome
    • Sleepwalking
  • Technology dependent clinic: We manage children with a variety of disorders that require some form of respiratory support. We treat a range of conditions, including chronic respiratory failure requiring noninvasive (CPAP or BiPAP) or invasive (tracheotomy with or without ventilator) support. Our doctors also provide inpatient care to children and teenagers who are admitted to the Children’s Technology-dependent Intensive Care Unit (TICU). 

  • Scheduling and Appointments

      - For all areas except Aerodigestive and Allergy/Severe Asthma: Call 404-785-2000 or 800-785-CHOA to make, cancel or reschedule an appointment 

      - For the Allergy/Severe Asthma clinic: Call 404-785-8830 to make, cancel or reschedule an appointment 

      - For the Aerodigestive Center: Call 404-785-1161 to make, cancel or reschedule an appointment.

      - We do not allow walk-in appointments

      Frequently Asked Questions

  • What to Bring

      - If you are a new patient, print our new patient form, complete it and bring it with you

      - Driver's license

      - Insurance card

      - Your child's medicine or a list of your child's medicines with dosages

      - Questions for the doctor or nurse

  • Medicine

      Call your pharmacy 1 to 2 weeks before your prescription runs out and ask them to fax a refill request to 404-785-9113. This will take 2 business days to process.

  • Insurance

      - It is important to let us know of any changes with your insurance. We will need your most up-to-date information to get approval for medications and/or procedures.

      - It is your responsibility to know what is covered by your insurance policy. We will try to get all necessary approvals from your insurance company before your child's procedure.

  • Physician Referrals

      - For all areas except Aerodigestive and Allergy/Severe Asthma: Call 404-785-2000 to refer a patient.

      - For the Allergy/Severe Asthma clinic: Call 404-785-8830 to refer a patient.

      - For the Aerodigestive Center: Call 404-785-1161 to refer a patient.

      - Download a copy of our referral form for all services, except aerodigestive and immunology. Download our referral forms for aerodigestive and immunology.

      - Fax all referral related documents to 404-785-9111.

      - Fax prior authorization forms to 404-785-3236.

      - Fax prescription refills to 404-785-9113.

      - Fax all other documents to 404-785-9153 (Sleep) or 404-785-9087 (all other areas).

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Research

We continue to pursue the best treatment options by participating in translational and bench research. Our staff is involved in clinical research into the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders, as well as the mechanisms and treatment of:

  • Aerodigestive disorders
  • Asthma
  • Chronic aspiration in the developing lung
  • Effects of air pollution
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Sleep disorders