The Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Endowed Chair in Cystic Fibrosis

David M. Orenstein, MD, professor of Pediatrics and past director of the Department of Pediatric Pulmonology, was named the first Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Professor of Cystic Fibrosis in 2000. This endowed chair is one of only two in the country dedicated to cystic fibrosis (CF) and is unique in its emphasis on clinical care. CF is an incurable illness present at birth, and it shortens life by progressively damaging the function of the lungs and pancreas.

Beginning in the late 1970s, Dr. Orenstein pioneered the study of exercise physiology in children with CF and is the national authority on exercise in people with CF.

He also was among the first to address the quality of life for children with CF, and his research into improving care for these patients has addressed a wide scope: from the effects of specific antibiotics to alternatives for traditional chest physical therapy to patient function following heart-lung transplantation.

In addition, Dr. Orenstein is known for his efforts in communicating information about CF to non-specialists. He has written or edited three major texts, including Cystic Fibrosis—A Guide for Patient and Family. This reference has helped thousands of families since the first edition was published in 1989.

Dr. Orenstein also heads the Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center, a regional multidisciplinary resource for treatment and research that sees approximately 400 children each year.

Last Update
November 19, 2009
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Last Update
November 19, 2009