Providing comprehensive services for pediatric patients with a range
of conditions, the Emory-Children’s Center Division of Pediatric
Pulmonary, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep is staffed by an
interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory
therapists, nutritionists, social workers and clinical research coordinators.
Pulmonary medicine
The Emory-Children’s Center Pulmonary Clinic provides
comprehensive services and therapies to children with respiratory
system disorders. We offer diagnostic testing and treatment for many
conditions, including:
−Chest pain
−Chronic cough
−Congenital abnormalities of
the respiratory tract
−Stridor and noisy breathing
−Pulmonary hypertension
−Recurrent pneumonia
−Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
−Interstitial lung disease
−Chronic respiratory failure and
ventilator dependence
−Recurrent and persistent
−Bronchopulmonary dysphasia
and chronic lung disease
related to neonatal conditions
−Respiratory dysfunction
secondary to chronic
neurologic, orthopaedic,
gastrointestinal conditions
and defects
We offer diagnostic testing to evaluate allergies to environmental
allergens, foods, insect venoms and drugs. We also perform feeding
challenges and patch testing to diagnose food allergies and test
reactions to a variety of medications including penicillin. We offer
allergy injections and can perform drug desensitization for certain
medications. At our clinic, we evaluate immune function through
diagnostic tests. When necessary, our infusion center can administer
intravenous gammaglobulin.
Cystic fibrosis
The Emory-Children’s Center Cystic Fibrosis Program is part of the
Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center and is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation. We provide care to patients from birth to age of 21
with cystic fibrosis and related conditions. We also offer diagnostic
evaluations of children with suspected cystic fibrosis. Our staff
works with the Emory Cystic Fibrosis Adult Program to assist with the
transition to adult care.
Services include:
Interdisciplinary care by physicians specializing in pulmonary
medicine, gastroenterology and endocrinology—working closely
with nurses, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, social workers and
respiratory therapists
−All appropriate diagnostic testing
−Shortness of breath at rest or
with exercise
−Coordination of sweat testing, genetic evaluation and counseling
for patients and family members
We also feature onsite pulmonary function testing, including:
−Exercise challenge
−NIOX testing
−Newborn screening and follow-up services
−Inhalant medication and
respiratory therapy review
−Dedicated clinics for patients with B. cepacia and with cystic
fibrosis-related diabetes
−Six-minute walk
−Participation in clinical trials of new therapies
−i-STAT testing
−Lung volume testing
−Stress test
Sleep disorders
−Methacholine challenge
Allergy and immunology
−Snoring/obstructive sleep apnea
The Emory-Children’s Center Allergy and Immunology Clinic offers the
most current diagnostic treatments for children with a wide range of
allergies and immunodeficiency disorders, including:
−Allergic rhinitis
−Chronic and recurrent sinusitis
−Atopic dermatitis
−Seasonal asthma
−Food and drug allergies
−Primary immune deficiencies
The Emory-Children’s Center Sleep Clinic treats infants and children
from birth to age 21 with sleep-related difficulties. Common symptoms
we evaluate and treat include:
−Excessive daytime sleepiness/narcolepsy/idiopathic hypersomnia
−Insomnia/bedtime resistance/nighttime awakenings
−Sleep terrors
−Restless leg syndrome
−Periodic limb movement disorder
We arrange, coordinate and interpret sleep studies. Children who
need continuous positive airway pressure/bi-level positive airway
pressure (CPAP or BPAP) are first seen in a clinic for a mask fitting and
desensitization to prepare them for their CPAP or BPAP titration (time
permitting). Their compliance on these machines is followed over time
to ensure adequate treatment.
−Daniel Caplan, M.D.
−Dawn Simon, M.D.
The Emory-Children’s Center Sleep Clinic partners with the Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta Sleep Center to conduct overnight studies that
require sleep labs. The Emory-Children’s Center also offers a sleep
clinic at Marcus Autism Center.
−Karen DeMuth, M.D.
−Arlene Stecenko, M.D.
−Gary Freed, D.O.
−Daniel Torrez, M.D.
−Joshua Freedman, M.D.
−Anne Fitzpatrick, C.P.N.P., Ph.D.
−Morton Galina, M.D.
−Sharon Golubic, C.P.N.P.
The Emory-Children’s Center Infant Apnea Clinic specializes in
treating infants with apnea or bradycardia problems, as well as
infants whose siblings have died from sudden infant death syndrome
(SIDS). The clinic focuses on infants who have been placed on home
cardiorespiratory monitors. In addition, clinic specialists evaluate
infants to determine if home monitoring is the proper approach
for the patient. The Apnea Clinic primarily treats premature infants
discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on home
monitors, infants who have had apparent life-threatening events
(ALTE), siblings of infants who died from SIDS, or infants determined
by their primary caregiver to be at increased risk for prolonged apnea
or significant bradycardia.
−Sophia Kim, M.D.
−Frances Martinez, C.P.N.P.
−Lisa Kobrynski, M.D., M.P.H.
−Stephanie Pendley, C.P.N.P.
−Roberta Leu, M.D.
−Shannon Reece, C.P.N.P.
Other services
The Emory-Children’s Center provides many services, including:
−Influenza injections
−Glucose testing
−Nutritional consultations
−Social work services
−Synagis injections
−Xolair injections
−Actigraphy testing
The Division of Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy/Immunology, Cystic
Fibrosis and Sleep offers telemedicine appointments and also
participates in specialty clinics, which offer combined services from
multiple disciplines at one site and include the following programs:
−22q11 Deletion Syndrome Clinic
−Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s
Sickle Cell Disease Clinic
−Allergy/Severe Asthma Program (ASAP)
−Atlanta Aerodigestive Center of Excellence (AACE)
−Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Clinic
−Eosiniphillic Esophagitis Clinic
−Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
−Technology-dependent Clinic
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Emory-Children’s Center staff members are involved in ongoing
clinical investigations, which are actively developing advanced
strategies, treatments and procedures to improve the lives of children.
−Michael Schechter, M.D., M.P.H.
Emory-Children’s Center
2015 Uppergate Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-1015
Services: allergy and immunology
Emory-Children’s Center Pulmonary, Allergy,
Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep Clinic
1547 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322-4008
Services: allergy, apnea, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary and sleep
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4010
Services: sleep
Emory-Children’s Center Pulmonary Clinic
Scheduling or appointments: 404-778-2400
Fax: 404-712-9712
Emory-Children’s Center Allergy and Immunology Clinic
Scheduling or appointments: 404-778-2400
Fax: 404-712-8254
Emory-Children’s Center Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
Scheduling or appointments: 404-727-5728
Fax: 404-727-4828
Emory-Children’s Center Sleep Clinic
Scheduling or appointments: 404-727-1327
Fax: 404-712-9712
Visit www.emory-childrenscenter.org for more information.