Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center (CF Center)

The Antonio J. and Janet Palumbo Cystic Fibrosis Center (CF Center) at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to patients and families with cystic fibrosis, education for health care professionals, and conducting clinical and basic research in cystic fibrosis. The program is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for clinical care and research.

The pediatric program cares for approximately 240 patients, and greater than 300 patients are seen in the adult program (PDF) Pediatric patients are seen in any of four locations (including the main hospital in Lawrenceville, Children's North, Children's South, and Children's East). Our team includes board-certified pediatric pulmonologists, registered dietitians, nurses, social workers, and respiratory therapists, as well as administrative support staff. Our extended team includes representatives from gastroenterology, endocrinology, otolaryngology, and medical genetics. A pediatric pulmonologist experienced in cystic fibrosis is available 24 hours a day.

Our multidisciplinary clinical services include evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, including emphasis on promoting normal growth and development, slowing the progression of the illness, preventing and treating complications, and helping the family integrate even the most complex care regimens into their daily lives.

Education and Training Program

Training tomorrow's pediatric pulmonologists is an important part of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Center as part of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine. The division takes full advantage of its strengths to provide educational opportunities that are second to none, including a fellowship program that offers comprehensive training in both the clinical and research aspects of pulmonary medicine. 

A Leader in Pediatric Medicine

UPMC Children’s Hospital is a recognized leader in pediatric medicine. Quality patient care and advanced research consistently place Children’s among the nation's top pediatric hospitals as reported by U.S. News & World Report. In May 2009, Children's relocated to its new, state-of-the-art campus, which includes a new hospital and the 300,000-square-foot John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center.

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Research and Clinical Studies

As a nationally recognized research center, UPMC Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine participates in the latest clinical studies, which involve human volunteers and are intended to add to our medical understanding.