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Pediatric Asthma Program

The Pediatric Asthma Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides diagnosis and treatment for all children with asthma with particular focus on difficult-to-control asthma, diagnostic dilemmas and second opinions.

To schedule an appointment, please call: 617-726-8707

Overview

A Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Approach

Our staff is expert in the diagnosis and management of asthma in infants, children and adolescents. We provide comprehensive asthma education for patients in need of better asthma control and our goal is to allow children to engage in all age-appropriate activities with a minimum level of medication.

Special services provided by our group include:

  • Measurements of lung function, including oxygen saturation
  • Complete allergy skin testing
  • Imaging, including chest and sinus radiology

State-of-the-Art Care at a World-Renowned Academic Medical Center

Asthma is on the rise in the United States. The incidence among children in the Boston area is as high as 12 percent. Children with asthma often miss school, lose sleep and have impaired physical ability and activity. As part of the Partners Asthma Center, our physicians, nurses and pulmonary-function technicians work together to provide the finest possible care for children with asthma.

Pediatric Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory

The Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory at MassGeneral Hospital for Children has comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting pulmonary function testing in children. The lab is registered with the American Thoracic Society and serves the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Accredited Care Center.

A Tradition of Caring

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Doctors

  • Boyce, Joshua Avram, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Asthma
    • Eosinophilic disorders
    • Pediatric lung disease
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Allergy & Immunology, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Medicine
  • Cook, Anna L., MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Asthma
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Neuromuscular disorders
    • Pediatric pulmonary diseases
    • Cystic fibrosis
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
    • Braintree: Mass General Hospital for Children - Braintree
  • Fracchia, Mary Shannon, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Asthma
    • Pediatric lung disease
    • Aerodigestive disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Hesterberg, Paul E., MD

    617-726-3850

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Asthma
    • Immunodeficiency
    • Rhinosinusitis
    • Cough
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Eosinophilic disorders
    • Angioedema
    • Drug hypersensitivity
    • Food sensitivity
    • Dermatitis
    • Urticaria
    • Immunology
    • Nasal polyps
    Board Certifications
    • Allergy & Immunology, American Board of Allergy and Immunology
    Locations
    • Boston: Allergy Associates
    • Waltham: MGH Waltham Allergy
  • Kinane, Thomas Bernard, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pulmonary disorders
    • Asthma
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Interstitial lung disease
    • Congenital pulmonary disease
    • Exercise physiology (particularly exercise intolerance)
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Respiratory disorders affecting sleep and exercise
    • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
    • Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Sleep Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
    • Boston: Pediatric Sleep Lab
  • Lapey, Allen, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Asthma (adult and pediatric)
    • Clinical allergy
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Immunodeficiency
    • Bronchiectasis
    Board Certifications
    • Allergy & Immunology, American Board of Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: MassGeneral Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center
    • Boston: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
  • Nelson, Benjamin A., MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric pulmonary diseases
    • Asthma
    • Bronchoscopy, including interventional procedures
    • Congenital lung disease
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Pediatric lung tumors
    • Chronic cough
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
    • Concord: Emerson Hospital Center for Specialty Care
  • Permaul, Perdita, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Food allergy
    • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    • Allergic rhinitis
    • Primary Immunodeficiency
    • Eosinophilic disorders
    • Drug hypersensitivity
    • Chronic Urticaria and Angioedema
    • Asthma
    Board Certifications
    • Allergy & Immunology, American Board of Allergy and Immunology
    Locations
    • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Spine Center
  • Scirica, Christina Vestergaard, MD, MPH

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Asthma and other causes of exercise intolerance
    • Obesity and weight management
    • Health and Fitness
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
  • TePas, Elizabeth C., MD

    617-243-6585

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hay fever/environmental)
    • Congenital immunodeficiencies
    • Asthma
    • Clinical allergy
    • Eosinophilic disorders
    • Immunodeficiency
    • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    • Food allergy
    Board Certifications
    • Allergy & Immunology, American Board of Allergy and Immunology
    Locations
    • Newton: MGH Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at NWH
  • Yonker, Lael M., MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric pulmonary disease
    • Asthma
    • obesity-related asthma
    • Chronic cough
    • recurrent pneumonia
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • childhood interstitial lung disease (ChILD)
    • genetic pulmonary diseases
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
    • Nashua: MGH Children's Specialties at Southern New Hampshire Med Ctr

Other Providers

Conditions & Diseases

  • Asthma

    Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).

  • Asthma and Children

    Approximately 6.5 million children have been diagnosed with asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma is one of the most common, serious, chronic diseases among children, accounting for 14 million absences from school each year.

Clinical Trials

News

  • Understanding and Treating Allergic Asthma - 6/1/2016, Mass General

    Drs. Diana Balekian and Paul Hesterberg, Allergy and Immunology specialists, share insights in allergies and asthma and preventive ways to care for the conditions.

  • Pediatric Asthma Q&A with Erik Hinderlie, Pediatric Asthma Coordinator - 5/23/2016, Mass General

    Pediatric Asthma Coordinator Erik Hinderlie answers questions about the condition that affects 6.3 million children in the US.

  • Providing patient education during Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month - 5/3/2016, Mass General

    At least 7 million children experience shortness of breath, wheezing recurring cough caused by asthma. This May, the MGH marks Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to educate parents about how to better manage their child’s asthma and allergies.

  • MGHfC launches new clinics and program - 11/9/2012, Mass General

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.

  • Perrin for President of the AAP - 8/21/2012, Mass General

    James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children for over 25 years, is running for the presidency of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A passionate public policy leader, Perrin shares his background and objectives, and encourages members of the Academy to vote in the 2012 election starting August 31st through September.

Contact

Contact Us

MGHfC Pediatric Asthma Program

MGH Professional Office Building

275 Cambridge Street, Suite 101 Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-8707
  • Fax: 617-724-2803

Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory

For testing appointments please call: 617-724-0703 or 617-724-2992
Orders can be faxed: 617-724-2803 (ATTN: Pulmonary Function Laboratory)

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

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To schedule an appointment, please call: 617-726-8707

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