Pulmonology

Published On 07/11/2011

Ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report as a top program, Le Bonheur’s pulmonology team cares for children a wide range of respiratory conditions.

Why choose Le Bonheur?

  • Our patients with cystic fibrosis have some of the best nutritional outcomes in the country – a factor that helps them live longer.
  • We are home to Tennessee’s only infant pulmonary function laboratory, which can measure lung volumes and spirometry in infants with lung disorders.
  • Our sleep disorders center is the only exclusively pediatric and adolescent lab in Tennessee accredit by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
  • We know asthma. In fact, we admit nearly 1,200 kids each year with the disease – and have one the lowest asthma readmission rates in the country, compared to other freestanding children’s hospitals. Learn more about how our CHAMP (Changing High-Risk Asthma in Memphis through Partnership) is removing barriers for asthma patients and reducing health care costs.
  • We’re a leader in the treatment of primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare genetic lung disorder. Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is one the PCD Foundation’s 22 sites advancing the care of children and adults with PCD.

We treat:

  • Cystic fibrosis, a complex genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and affect many  organs, particularly the lungs and pancreas.
  • Asthma, a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. 
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a lung condition that affects premature infants,  including many who need oxygen therapy and a few who need long term ventilator support.
  • Congenital lung abnormalities, a group of conditions that affect the lungs at birth such as congenital lobar emphysema (CLE), diaphragmatic hernia, and tracheo-esophageal fistula (TEF)
  • Neuromuscular respiratory diseases, a set of conditions that can cause respiratory muscle weakness. Examples include  Duchenne muscular dystrophy, congenital myopathies, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • Chronic respiratory failure/insufficiency, a condition in which  the lungs are damaged and unable to maintain oxygen levels or rid the body of carbon dioxide without assistance
  • Pulmonary sleep disorders, sleep disorders associated with the lungs, including obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Team approach

Our patients receive care from a team of experts who specialize in treating pediatric pulmonary diseases. That team includes:

For Providers

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital collaborate with children's hospitals across the Mississippi Valley for education.  They have developed the Mississippi River Valley Pediatric Pulmonology Case Conference for online collaboration. Learn more about the Mississippi River Valley Pediatric Pulmonology Case Conference.