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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.

Brent Haberman, M.D., has been involved in clinical research for interstitial lung diseases and obstructive sleep apnea. He has writted review articles about sleep disorders in children with neuromuscular disease. Dr. Haberman is currently involved in clinical research for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and it's relationship to ADHD as well as investigating pediatric restless leg syndrome in young children.

Blakeslee Noyes, M.D., has participated in a number of multi-center studies examining new therapeutic agents for asthma and cystic fibrosis. 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. Noyes has an ongoing clinical interest in the diagnosis and treatment of children with vocal cord dysfunction.

Kurtis Sobush, M.D., has helped develop the Complex Medical Care Program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon where clinical research projects include the optimization of tracheostomy and home ventilator care. Further work is focused on improving health care resource utilization in children with medical complexity. Additionally, Sobush has multiple clinical/translational cystic fibrosis research interests as the local PI for studies related to the airway microbiome and biomarkers indicative of disease progression.

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
  • 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
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

Brent Haberman, M.D.

  • “Pulmonary Hemorrhage Syndromes in Children”, Saint Louis University Adult Pulmonary/Critical Care Grand Rounds, March 2018
  • “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Medically Complex Children”, Saint Louis University Sleep Medicine Grand Rounds, September 2017
  • “Parasomnias”, University of Tennessee – Memphis, Adult Pulmonary Critical Care Grand Rounds, April 2016
  • “Oral Appliances and Sleep Apnea in Children”, McMinneville, TN, Middle Tennessee Dental Conference, February 2016

Kurtis T. Sobush, M.D.

  • "Emergency Care for Children with Complex Respiratory Conditions" The Missouri EMS Conference and Expo 2018 July 2018
  • "Update on Respiratory Care Technology in the Home: What an EMS Provider May Encounter". The Missouri EMS Conference and Expo 2018 July 2018