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Pulmonology Clinic

At UCSF's Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic, we care for children with all types of lung disorders and breathing problems, from acute to chronic, common to rare. Because of the wide range of respiratory health problems we see, our team of pediatric pulmonologists and otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) work together to evaluate each patient and develop a treatment plan.

We also offer state-of-the-art lung function testing for children of all ages. Our doctors are experienced in pediatric bronchoscopy, an examination that is useful in diagnosing many serious respiratory disorders. In addition to the general pulmonology clinic, we have specialized clinics dedicated to serving children who have specific respiratory disorders like asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea and respiratory syncytial virus. For complex cases, our comprehensive Pulmonary Function Laboratory provides advanced pulmonary function testing using minimally invasive procedures designed to ease your child's fears and discomforts.

We're committed to helping your child – and you – breathe easier.

Why families choose us

Routine, preventative, and complex pulmonary care

  • We offer a full range of treatment options from complex surgical and chronic respiratory support to primary and preventative care related to persistent coughs and seasonal disorders.
  • For premature infants with chronic lung damage, respiratory distress syndrome and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, our specialists work closely with neonatologists in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to develop the best treatment plan.
  • We collaborate with Allergy & Immunology in treating children and infants with asthma.
  • Our nationally certified Cystic Fibrosis Center is one of the largest programs in Northern California to care for children with cystic fibrosis.
  • We provide expert diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative care for children with respiratory allergies, exercise-induced asthma, and acute or chronic allergies or infections that affect breathing.
  • Additional support and education on asthma education, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prevention, and a home ventilator program ensure that children receive the best possible care both in and out of the hospital setting.
  • Advanced respiratory care

  • Our respiratory care services team includes respiratory therapists with advanced training in pediatric respiratory care.
  • These respiratory care professionals offer the most innovative, state-of-the-art respiratory care technology available, and are available in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our locations (7)

    Awards & recognition

    • One of the nation's best in pulmonology & lung surgery

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    For visitors

    Before you head to the hospital, check out our guidelines for visitors and caregivers.


    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Related clinics (6)

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    Asthma Program

    Asthma Program

    San Francisco / Oakland

    Chronic Ventilation Clinic

    Chronic Ventilation Clinic

    744 52nd St., Fifth Floor
    Oakland, CA 94609

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    Cystic Fibrosis Center

    Cystic Fibrosis Center

    San Francisco / Oakland

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    Neonatal Pulmonary Intensive Care Unit

    Neonatal Pulmonary Intensive Care Unit

    San Francisco / Oakland

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    Pulmonary Function Lab

    Pulmonary Function Lab

    San Francisco / Oakland

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    Sleep Disorders Center

    Sleep Disorders Center

    San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Soothing the soul

    Our music therapy program nurtures patients with bedside serenades, rap workshops and more.

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