Pulmonology

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There’s no place like CHOC Children’s for the diagnosis and treatment of children with pulmonary illnesses and diseases.

As one of the top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for kids of all ages with pulmonary disorders. We provide innovative programs and specialized treatments for a variety of pulmonary conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders and more.

The CHOC Difference

A Team Approach to Hope and Healing

Treating pulmonary conditions in children can be complex and often requires a team of caregivers. At CHOC, our board-certified pulmonologists understand the specialized expertise and multidisciplinary approach needed to care for pulmonary disorders.

CHOC specialists work together as a team to discuss your child’s case and determine the best course of treatment. Depending on your child’s condition, your appointment may include CHOC experts from our many other specialties, such as neurology, orthopaedicsendocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology and more.

Our team also collaborates with respiratory therapists, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, speech and occupational therapists and child life specialists to develop a unique treatment plan for your child.

What We Treat

Helping kids feel better, grow and thrive is our passion. While we are experts in evaluating, treating and managing all forms of pulmonary conditions, our specialty programs and multidisciplinary approach in the following areas are what set us apart.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostics

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At CHOC Children’s we are proud to feature a wide array of some of the most advanced diagnostics available. Some pulmonary patients may need to undergo extensive diagnostic evaluation beyond a physical examination and medical history. These tests can include:

Pulmonary function tests
Bronchoscopy
Laboratory tests
Imaging tests
Sleep studies

Innovative Programs, Specialized Expertise

The CHOC Asthma Center provides comprehensive evaluation and management for children with asthma. We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology and take a multidisciplinary treatment approach to offer the highest quality of care. We also offer a High Risk Asthma program for kids with life-threatening asthma.
The CHOC chronic lung disease (CLD) of infancy (also known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia or BPD) program is a multidisciplinary treatment program for long-term respiratory problems in premature babies from the use of a mechanical ventilator and extra oxygen for breathing.
Our pulmonologists partner with CHOC's gastroenterologists and other specialists to treat medical problems associated with cystic fibrosis. Our convenient, multidisciplinary program allows patients to see all of their cystic fibrosis care team specialists at the same appointment. CHOC has the only affiliate care center accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Orange County. Learn more about the Cystic Fibrosis Program.
The CHOC Sleep Center provides a complete range of sleep evaluations and treatment for newborns through teens with disorders of sleep apnea and related breathing disorders, and sleepiness and sleeplessness. We also assess behavior problems that may be caused or worsened by poor sleep, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Our pulmonogists and sleep specialists also partner with CHOC endocrinologists and other specialists to treat medical problems and sleep disorders associated with Prader-Willi Syndrome.
The CHOC ‎respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) program provides monthly palivizumab (Synagis®) injections to infants and young children who are at high risk of hospitalization if they become infected with RSV. We offer the only specialized RSV prevention program in Southern California with full access to a full team of board-certified physicians, specialized pediatric nurse practitioners and a care coordinator.
CHOC is a leader in pediatric respiratory diseases, including rare lung diseases such as interstitial lung disease and primary ciliary dyskinesia. Our rare lung disease program consists of pulmonologists and experts from our more than 30 specialties, specialized nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and social workers. We provide families with an individualized treatment plan depending on the specific condition.
At CHOC Children’s, we have the only pediatric program in Orange County designated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help families understand and manage muscle disease. That means in addition to an entire team of CHOC specialists who care for your child, we also partner with the MDA to offer access to national research and community support. Learn more about the Muscular Dystrophy Association program.
CHOC Children’s offers the only multidisciplinary rheumatology/pulmonology program in the region. CHOC pulmonologists partner with our rheumatologists to treat medical problems associated with diseases of the joints, muscles and bones, such as interstitial lung disease, lupus and Wegener’s granulomatosis. This specialized program provides both specialists at your appointment to provide the highest quality, coordinated care for your child.
The CHOC Children’s Aerodigestive Program brings together pediatric specialists in otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat), gastroenterology, pulmonology and speech/swallow therapy to care for children with disorders involving the airway and digestive system.
The CHOC Children’s hematology/pulmonology program brings together our pulmonologists and rheumatologists in one appointment. CHOC pulmonologists participate in the appointment to address the various sleep and respiratory disorders that can accompany sickle cell and other red cell disease. This specialized program provides both specialists at your appointment to provide the highest quality, coordinated care for your child.
CHOC Children’s offers the only pediatric pulmonary hypertension program in Orange County. Our pulmonologists participate in the program, which provides multidisciplinary care that eliminates the need for multiple appointments and brings together specialists who work together to treat the patient. Learn more about our pulmonary hypertension program.

Home Ventilation Services

CHOC is dedicated to providing our patients and families the support they need when discharged with mechanical-assisted ventilation to their homes. We offer training and education to your family to enable your child to participate more fully in their family life, school, and even go on family vacations. Learn more about our mechanical ventilation services.

Pulmonology Locations

CHOC Orange Clinic

CHOC Children’s Clinic – Specialty Care

Building: CHOC Clinic | 1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868 | 888-770-2462

CHOC Children’s Health Center, Mission Viejo

26691 Plaza, Suite 130 | Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | 888-770-2462

CHOC Children’s Health Center, Huntington Beach

19582 Beach Blvd., Suite 380 | Huntington Beach, CA 92648 | 888-770-2462

CHOC Children’s Health Center, Corona

854 Magnolia Ave - #101 | Corona, CA 92879 | 888-770-2462

CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital Sleep Center

27700 Medical Center Rd. | Mission Viejo, CA 92691 | 949-365-2309

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CHOC Children’s Sleep Center

1201 W. La Veta Ave. | Orange, CA 92868-3874 | 714-509-8651

Early Developmental Assessment Center

preemie-baby-in-nicuThe CHOC Children’s Early Developmental Assessment Center (EDAC) is a vital resource for families with children who were born early, had difficulties at or shortly after birth or are concerned about their young child’s development. CHOC pulmonologists are available to attend appointments to address respiratory or sleep disorders. Learn more about our Early Developmental Assessment Center.

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