The division of Pediatric Pulmonology provides diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of respiratory illnesses. Additionally, the clinical and research faculty and collaborators have strong research interests in cystic fibrosis (CF), surfactant deficiencies, asthma and airway inflammation and participate actively in laboratory-based research projects with NIH and other sources of funding. The CF Center is an affiliate Center within the Therapeutics Development Network of the national CF Foundation (CFF) and, as such, carries out multiple clinical trials. In the spirit of providing the best care possible to all pulmonology patients, the team collaborated closely with colleagues in other specialties.
Airway and lung malformations
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD--chronic lung disease of infancy)
Chronic lung disease related to multiple causes
Chronic respiratory failure and ventilator dependence
Cystic fibrosis (CF)
Interstitial lung disease
Obstructive sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing
Recurrent lung infections
Restrictive lung disease
Respiratory problems in patients with neuromuscular disorders
Sickle cell - related lung disease
Fiberoptic bronchoscopy (with lavage)
Comprehensive pediatric pulmonary function laboratory including both exercise and provocation testing, as well as impedance oscillometry
Fully equipped sleep laboratory
Surgeons experienced in lung and airway procedures
Pathologists experienced in lung pathology
Pediatric radiologists with extensive experience in pulmonary diseases
Pediatric Intensivists with expertise in ventilator management
Comprehensive Cystic Fibrosis Center
This Center is accredited by the National CF Foundation (CFF) and consists of both Pediatric and Adult programs. Both programs provide highest quality, multi-disciplinary care to patients with CF throughout the state. Patients in the Pediatric CF clinic are seen by the comprehensive team, including pediatrics-focused pulmonologists, nurses, nutritionist, social worker, respiratory therapist, genetics counselor, and pharmacist. Patients have ready access to the latest advances in therapy as well as the opportunity to participate in multiple drug trials sponsored by the CFF. There is close linkage to other specialties (such as ENT and the Sinus Center, gastroenterology, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, etc.). “Operation Independence” is an innovative transition program for patients approaching the need for care in the adult CF Center.
The Children’s Asthma Center focuses on improving outcomes for children with asthma throughout MUSC. Not only is there a strong outpatient clinical program in the Children’s pulmonary clinic, but also there is a strong collaborative effort between Pediatric Pulmonology, the MUSC Pediatric emergency department, the Division of General Pediatrics with their resident clinics and the Pediatric Hospitalist group. In addition to provision of the best patient care, a major goal is consistency in approach to asthma throughout the institution, whether inpatient or outpatient. The Center utilizes a group of certified asthma educators to establish standard protocols for asthma treatment and for coordination of follow-up that will optimize the asthma care provided to all children seen at MUSC. The team has expanded out of the MUSC Children’s Hospital and Clinic into community schools. There is close cooperation between the asthma team and Charleston school nurses.
Other focused clinical activities:
Other focused clinical activities The pulmonary team works closely with members of the Pediatric ENT group, the children’s sickle cell team and the members of the MUSC sleep center to provide coordinated care for children whose conditions overlap the specialties. In addition, there is a multi-disciplinary team of caregivers, the “chronic ventilator team”, which organizes and coordinates the planning for family training and the complex details of discharge for infants and children requiring long-term mechanical ventilation. Once discharged, these patients are followed in Pediatric Pulmonary and ENT clinics as well as whatever other services and teams they may need.
Cheryl E. Kerrigan, RN, MS, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Pulmonary Nurse Specialist
Aimee Tiller, RN, AE-C
Certified Asthma Educator, Asthma Nurse
Jessica Webb, RN
CF Nurse Coordinator
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
135 Rutledge Avenue, Suite 276
Charleston, SC 29425