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Pulmonary Medicine

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Scott Sheets, DO
Interim Division Director 

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine is committed to providing outstanding clinical care, education for trainees of all levels, and the advancement of knowledge through the pursuit of biomedical research. Clinical services are provided in the outpatient setting and in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital care units. We are regionally and nationally recognized for our expertise. 

The division faculty members are board certified in the specialty areas of allergy/immunology and pediatric pulmonology. We practice collaborative, multi-disciplinary care with specialist pediatric nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dieticians, nurses, physiotherapists, and medical assistants. We provide care for wide range of allergic disorders including: asthma management, hay fever, nasal and sinus problems, eczema, recurrent hives, food allergy, and stinging insect allergy. Careful assessment of the role of food allergy in atopic eczema permits improved control of this troublesome problem. Disorders of the immune system are evaluated and treated including: recurrent infections, family history of immune system problems, known or suspected primary immune deficiency, and genetic disorders with associated immune problems. 

Our pulmonary expertise includes: asthma management and education, chronic cough, recurrent bronchitis and pneumonia, exercise-induced shortness of breath, neuromuscular diseases, and cystic fibrosis. Our individualized care program for asthma virtually eliminates the need for urgent care and hospitalization. Sports are important activities for our young people, particularly in junior high and high school. While asthma can cause problems with exercise, this is routinely a manageable problem. Some children initially suspected to have exercise problems cause by asthma don’t respond as expected to asthma treatment. These children often have other causes for their exercise induced shortness of breath. Sophisticated gas-exchange exercise testing can determine identify a variety of physiological explanations for the problems frustrating these young aspiring athletes. We coordinate an interdisciplinary ‘Airway Team’ with colleagues in otolaryngology and pediatric surgery to evaluate and manage children with complex airway disorders. Our diagnostic services include: assessment of pulmonary physiology, exercise physiology testing, flexible laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy, and allergy testing.

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine is dedicated to educating the next generation of academic pediatric specialists in pulmonology and in allergy and immunology. Our Pulmonology Fellowship Program helps to train the next generation of specialists in this important field. Our fellows are involved in basic and clinical research projects, and have strong clinical training in pediatric pulmonary medicine. In collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, fellowship training in allergy and immunology, and the option for combined training in pulmonology and allergy and immunology are also available. 

Our faculty are engaged in research across a spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical science. The University of Iowa is internationally recognized for research in cystic fibrosis. This includes CF clinical trials, and basic and translational research. Other areas of research include asthma management and clinical trials, outcomes research in asthma, exercise induced dyspnea, and food allergy.

We are committed to helping community physicians with these and other problems related to allergic, immunologic, and respiratory disorders, both by seeing your patients in consultation and by providing educational services when requested.

Division Contact Information

University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Administrative Support Staff

Heidi Artley-Hansen

Jason Fuerst

Kortney Barrett