Pediatric Pulmonology

The Cedars-Sinai Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine provides complete healthcare services for infants, children and adolescents with lung diseases and disorders.

  • Allergies
  • Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Complicated lung infections
  • Congenital lung disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Oxygen/tracheostomy/ventilator dependence
  • Rare lung diseases of childhood
  • Recurrent or chronic wheezing
  • Respiratory disorders of prematurity
  • Respiratory failure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Sleep disorder breathing (obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, etc.)

Experienced specialists deliver 24-hour, personalized care within sophisticated facilities designed for patient and family comfort. As part of Cedars-Sinai’s world-renowned complete pediatric healthcare services, the pediatric pulmonary medicine team ensures that patients receive the most accurate testing procedures available and superior medical therapies.

Comprehensive Services

Pediatric pulmonary medicine employs comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to precisely identify respiratory conditions and develop the most effective course of treatment for each child. The pediatric pulmonary medicine staff actively participates in lung research and offers patients access to innovative clinical trials and investigational studies. Available services include:

Diagnostic Testing

  • In-clinic spirometry
  • Full pulmonary function testing including spirometry, lung volumes, diffusion capacity, maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures (MIPS/MEPS)
  • Polysomnography (sleep study)
  • Six-minute walk study
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise study
  • Exercise-induced bronchospasm study
  • Hypoxia altitude simulation test
  • Blood tests

Imaging & Procedures

  • Ultrasound
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computerized axial tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis and chest tube placement
  • Lung biopsy

Multidisciplinary Team

A dedicated team of specialists within pediatric pulmonary medicine provides an uninterrupted plan of care for pediatric patients with pulmonary conditions. This team collaborates with highly skilled Cedars-Sinai specialists in other areas, such as ear, nose and throat (ENT), infectious diseases (ID), medical genetics, gastroenterology (GI), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), part of the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the general pediatric inpatient unit (pediatric ward).

The Pulmonary Team includes Irina Dralyuk, MD, MS, pediatric pulmonologist, Janet Kimble, RN, pulmonology nurse, certified respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social worker, Porschea Dejohnette, senior administrative assistant.

The experienced team within pediatric pulmonary medicine works with the referring doctor to determine the best course of treatment for each patient and keeps the referring doctor apprised of the patient's condition.

Treatment Options

If pulmonary treatment is required, you will receive an individualized treatment plan along with follow- up care and close communication to ensure that you are progressing in the right direction. Treatments may include:

  • Airway clearance therapies
  • Exercise counseling
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Oxygen support
  • Pharmaceutical interventions
  • Tracheostomy maintenance
  • Ventilator support

Bronchiectasis & Cystic Fibrosis Program

Pediatric lung disease experts specializing in bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis deliver age-appropriate therapies.

For More Information

Call or send a message to the pediatric pulmonology team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

8723 Alden Drive, Suite 240
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Fax: 310-423-1676