Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at UT Southwestern, one of the newest divisions in the Department of Pediatrics, is committed to improving the health of infants, children, and young adults by providing quality clinical services, furthering the understanding of respiratory illnesses through original research, and participating in the education of physicians at all levels.

Under the direction of Andrew Gelfand, M.D., the Division’s physicians and a number of associated health care professionals work together to form a truly multidisciplinary program.

Excellence in Patient Care

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine provides care to infants and children with a wide spectrum of respiratory illnesses, including disorders of respiratory control, the chest wall, and respiratory muscles, airway and lung parenchyma, and cystic fibrosis at Children’s Medical Center’s two campuses. Learn more about the excellence of our patient care.

Leadership in Research

Varied research interests include how the nervous system influences the structure and function of the airways, acute lung injury, mechanical ventilation, near-fatal asthma, pulmonary outcomes in neuromuscular disease, respiratory consequences of early-onset scoliosis, and molecular mechanisms that regulate lung development. Learn more about our state-of-the-art research.

Education of Future Leaders

Our faculty is committed to the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows. Our Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program prepares pediatricians to be experts in pulmonary medicine through a combination of educational activities, competencies, and assessment methods. Learn more about our education and training programs.

Faculty in the News

January 24, 2018
Amid ADHD spike, doctors urge closer look at sleep issues

Amid a steady rise in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD, debate is brewing whether the condition may be a sleep disorder....“If adults don’t get enough sleep, they’ll appear sleepy,” says Dr. Syed Naqvi, a pediatric sleep expert at UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. “Children don’t do that. They show ADHD-like behavior instead – hyperactive or inattentive.” Read more

October 10, 2017
UTSW/THR study investigates fitness of obese children

A study underway at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, with co-investigators, Dr. Tanya Martinez Fernandez and Dr. Olga Gupta, is investigating the respiratory effects of obesity in children, including obese children who may be misdiagnosed with asthma. Read more

July 10, 2017
Do breathing issues hamper exercise in overweight preteens?

Drs. Tanya Martinez Fernandez and Olga Gupta are co-investigators on a study to determine if overweight children have more breathing limitations, intolerance for exercise, and breathlessness when exercising than normal weight children, leading to possible misdiagnosis for conditions such as asthma. Read more

March 3, 2017
Research forum highlights collaborative efforts of students, mentors

Dr. Phil Shaul presented the keynote address at the 2017 Medical Student Research Forum, one of the most high-profile events whose key is the ongoing student-mentor relationship. Read more