Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine within Saint Louis University's Department of Pediatrics cares for children with a variety of acquired and congenital respiratory disorders as well as sleep disorders.

Members of the division are actively involved in the teaching of medical students and residents, as well as students in disciplines such as nursing, allied health (physician assistants) and respiratory therapy. We also provide continuing medical education (CME) programs locally and nationally.

An active clinical research program is an integral part of the activities of the division and includes work in sleep disorders, asthma and cystic fibrosis. Members of the division have active leadership roles in administrative responsibilities for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University and national organizations including the American Thoracic Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Pediatric Complex Care Association, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Clinical Services

Our division has an active outpatient program with multidisciplinary clinics caring for children with cystic fibrosis, asthma, sleep disorders, and for children who are “dependent” on technology (e.g., children receiving home mechanical ventilation). In addition, children with more routine pulmonary disorders are seen as outpatient consultations.

Our division has also expanded outpatient services to help coordinate care for children with medical complexity (including those in need of tracheostomy support and mechanical ventilation) through the Complex Medical Care Program.

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Research

Gary Albers, M.D., has participated in numerous multicenter clinical studies. Current projects include a study of the effectiveness of a novel mechanism of treating the virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and assessing new strategies for inhaled antibiotic therapy in CF patients.

Blakeslee Noyes, M.D., has participated in a number of multi-center studies examining new therapeutic agents for asthma and cystic fibrosis. Dr. Noyes remains the local PI for the EPIC study, a study examining risk factors for the development of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in CF patients. He is the lead PI for CF newborn screening efforts in Missouri and Illinois. Dr. Noyes has an ongoing clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of children with vocal cord dysfunction.

Kurtis Sobush, M.D., has initiated bench research projects pertaining to pediatric lung disease. He is the PI of the project “In Vivo Dynamic Assessment of Distal Airway Progenitor Cells In Mice”. This project focuses on the use of transgenic mouse models to study the distal airway epithelium following RSV and rhinovirus inhalational airway injury. Additionally, Dr. Sobush has multiple clinical/translational cystic fibrosis research interests as the local PI for a multicenter study titled “Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid (BALF)Specimen Bank and Microbiome Analysis in Children and Adults with and without Cystic Fibrosis”. New interests include collaboration with the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank to explore new cord blood or conditional media therapeutics in the role of epithelial repair with transgenic mouse models.

Robert Wilmott, M.D. is involved in treating CF lung disease that is now in Phase III trials.

Research and Grants
  • MO - 171/171 SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center (SLU)
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc.
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pediatric Resident Roundtable
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
  • FY16 Mental Health Coordinator
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
    January 1, 2016-December 31, 2018
  • OPTIMIZing Treatment for Early Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Infection in Cystic Fibrosis: The OPTIMIZE Multicenter Randomized Trial - Clinical Coordinating Center
    Source: Seattle Children's Hospital
    PI: Gary M. Albers
    September 15, 2013-June 30, 2018
  • Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis
    Source: Missouri Department Of Health and Senior Services
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
    July 1, 2014-May 31, 2018
  • International Pediatric Subspecialty Education Program (IPSEP)
    Source: DeNardo Education and Research Foundation
    PI: Gary M. Albers
    April 1, 2015-December 31, 2016
  • Therapeutics Development Center FY16
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Gary M. Albers
    January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017
  • Targeted Assistance Program
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Gary M. Albers
    September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2016
    July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
  • FY 2015-2016 MO - 171/171 - SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center (SLU)
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
    July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
  • FY 2015-2016 MO - 171/171 - SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center (SLU)
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Blakeslee E. Noyes
    July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
  • ARC Additional Research Coordinator Award
    Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    PI: Gary M. Albers
    December 1, 2014 - Present
  • A Two-Part Multicenter Prospective Longitudinal Study of CFTR-Dependent Disease Profiling in Cystic Fibrosis (PROSPECT)
    Source: Seattle Children's Hospital
    PI: Kurtis T. Sobush
    March 30, 2015 - present
Publications
  •  Wooldridge, JL, Mason SM, Brusatti JC, Albers GM, Noyes BE.  Improvements in quarterly visits in cystic fibrosis.  Pediatrics 136:1611-15, 2015.
  • Schwarzenberg SJ, Hempstead SE, McDonald CM, Powers SM, Wooldridge JL, et al.  Enteral tube feeding for individuals with cystic fibrosis: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation evidence-informed guidelines.  Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 2016.
  • Opipari, V. P., Daniels, S. R., Wilmott, R. W., Jacobs, R. F. Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) Principles of Lifelong Learning in Pediatric Medicine. JAMA Pediatrics.
  • Evaluation of a Mentoring Program for New Pediatric Department Chairs. Journal of Pediatrics, 167(4), 787-788. www.jpeds.com (2015).
  • Wilmott RW. The 26th James Hutchison Memorial Lecture: A Historical Perspective of Cystic Fibrosis.  Hong Kong Journal of Pediatrics 2016
Presentations

Blakeslee E. Noyes, M.D.

The evaluation and management of the child with cystic fibrosis. Given to Physician Assistant students, Saint Louis University, June 2016

Kurtis T. Sobush, M.D.

  • "Gardening, Drugs, and Pneumomediastinum", Case Records of the Mississippi River Valley Pediatric Pulmonary Case Conference, April 2015.
  • "Let's Try to Make the Complex Simple, The Complex Medical Care Program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital", Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, March 2016

Robert W. Wilmott, M.D.

  • "A Historical Perspective of Cystic Fibrosis", 26th James Hutchison Memorial Lecture, The Hong Kong Paediatric Society, Hong Kong. (March 30, 2016).
  • APA Leadership Conference, American Pediatrics Association, San Antonio, TX. (July 23, 2015).