Pediatric Pulmonary Expert Joins UCSF Children's Hospital

March 29, 2002
Contact: Sandy Burnett (415) 353-4400

Dr. Dennis W. Nielson rejoins UCSF as the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

He recently spent two years as the division director at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to 1999, he started a pediatric pulmonary division and built a busy clinical service at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the University of Utah. He was instrumental in organizing regional care for pulmonary patients in Utah and Ohio.

He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology. He also holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Utah, where he earned his medical degree. Nielson completed an internship at UCSF in 1977, a residency in 1978 and a fellowship in 1981.

His research interests have evolved from basic studies of ion transport in the lung to his current work focusing on developing new tests for experimental cystic fibrosis therapies. His research also has included home care for technology-dependent children and pediatric asthma. He has a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to study the relationship of severity of illness to medical care.

Nielson has received numerous honors and published articles, book chapters and abstracts in his field. The pulmonary medicine program at UCSF Children’s Hospital treats asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and other lung diseases. The hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Center and Asthma Program are internationally recognized. UCSF’s pediatric pulmonologists are involved in developing and testing innovative new treatments for lung diseases affecting infants, children and teens.