SBUMC Cystic Fibrosis Center First on LI with Specialized Infant PFT Equipment
$100K Donation from Hospital Auxiliary Secures Equipment, Additional Expertise Elevates Program
STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 2, 2010 – The Cystic Fibrosis Center and Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonology at Stony Brook University Medical Center is advancing programs and services, thanks to several new physician faculty appointments and the new specialized infant pulmonary function testing (iPFT) equipment capable of measuring the lung function of tiny premature babies, infants and toddlers. The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, lead by Dr. Catherine Kier, who is also Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, has appointed two new pediatric pulmonology specialists, and received a generous gift from the Stony Brook University Hospital Auxiliary which will be used to purchase new iPFT equipment, valued at approximately $100,000.
"Very few cystic fibrosis centers in the country have infant pulmonary testing equipment, and we are so grateful to the Auxiliary for their generosity, and recognizing this important need,” said Dr. Kier. "This technology will give us more answers for babies with breathing problems especially for children under two years of age and premature infants.”
Dr. Kier said that the new iPFT machine will also help assess the smallest premature and most vulnerable patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, congenital abnormalities like diaphragmatic hernia, and bronchiolitis.
To further broaden and elevate the level of services provided by the Center, the Department of Pediatrics has appointed Dr. Khalid S. Ahmad, M.D., and Dr. Kevin N. Kuriakose as Assistant Professors of Pediatrics within the Division of Pulmonology, Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Ahmad specializes in the diagnosis and management of pediatric sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias (night terrors, sleep walking) and delayed sleep phase syndrome. Dr. Kuriakose’s clinical interests are in pediatric asthma management and education.
"The expansion of our Pediatric Pulmonology program and this new technology really help us offer essential physician access and diagnostic services to our youngest, most vulnerable patients and their families," says Steven L. Strongwater, M.D., CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. "It’s another step toward our mission to expand critical pediatric services on Long Island, so the families in our community do not have to travel for hours to get high quality care for their loved ones."
Accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1990, the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center oversees the care of more than 100 patients, from birth through adulthood. The Center includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory and pulmonary therapists, social workers, nutritionists and genetic counselors who care for patients and their families. For more information contact Stony Brook University Health Connect at 631-444-4000.