Cystic Fibrosis Program at NewYork-Presbyterian: Individualized Care

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The Cystic Fibrosis Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian offers state-of-the-art treatments and individualized care to best each patient's needs.

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The multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis Program care team comprises specialists, including physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, geneticists and physical therapists. A variety of subspecialists familiar with CF related issues are also available to assist with patient care. The Program actively participates in clinical trials for cystic fibrosis and encourages participation by those individuals who are interested. The team assists patients with issues such as airway clearance techniques, home IV therapy, home equipment, short and long term disability, exercise and work related restrictions. The adult program works closely with the Lung Transplant Center at Columbia to facilitate referral when that is deemed necessary. Following lung transplantation, physicians from the transplant and the cystic fibrosis teams work closely together in the continued care of patients.

The adult Cystic Fibrosis Program is directed by Dr. Emily DiMango, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The pediatric Sue and John L. Weinberg Cystic Fibrosis Center is directed by Dr. Lynne M. Quittell, who is also professor of pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia has been a leader in the cystic fibrosis field since Dr. Dorothy Andersen, a pediatrician and pathologist, published the first clinical description of the disease in 1938. And NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia's Paul di Sant Agnese and Robert Darling developed the famous "sweat test" to diagnose CF.

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