Pulmonary Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient services for infants and children with acute and chronic respiratory problems, including:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Congenital lung abnormalities
  • Neuromuscular respiratory diseases
  • Chronic respiratory failure/insufficiency
  • Pulmonary sleep disorders

Each year, we see more than 7,000 outpatients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Main Campus and satellite locations and another 7,200 inpatients at the Hospital's Main Campus.

Our patients receive comprehensive care from our physicians, certified nurse practitioners, nutritionists and social workers. We are committed to providing outstanding patient care, instructing young physicians and nurses, and researching pulmonary diseases and treatments.

Pulmonology at CHOP is top ranked in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of Best Children’s Hospitals.


The Asthma Care Program provides a single source of comprehensive asthma care for children. Our pediatric pulmonologists work together with nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists to offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating children and adolescents with asthma.

The Cystic Fibrosis Center is accredited for care, teaching and research by the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and provides integrated, multidisciplinary care for children with cystic fibrosis and their families. The Center also provides educational programs for health professionals and conducts research focused on improved treatments.

The Pulmonary Function Laboratory has comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting lung function tests in infants and children.

The Sleep Center provides diagnostic services to aid in the evaluation of respiratory disorders, behavioral problems (bedtime struggles, night wakings), parasomnias (sleep walking, sleep terrors), narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders (delayed sleep phase syndrome) and movement disorders (periodic limb movement disorders, headbanging) during sleep.

The Technology Dependence Center (TDC) cares for children with chronic lung disease who are in need of assistive therapies such as oxygen, mechanical ventilation, airway clearance devices, or an artificial airway. The program provides ongoing assessment and treatment of conditions such as chronic respiratory failure and insufficiency in patients with neuromuscular disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and airway anomalies.

Multidisciplinary care team

You and your child will interact with many of these team members during your visit and in the future. After your child's initial visit, he will be assigned to a primary pulmonary attending physician. Your child may also be assigned to an advanced practice nurse or fellow.

While your child may not always be able to see these providers when he or she is ill, all efforts should be made to see this team for routine care.

Featured Faculty

Samuel Goldfarb, MDSamuel Goldfarb, MD
Attending physician

Samuel Goldfarb, MD, is an attending physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. 

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