Division Highlights - Pulmonology & Cystic Fibrosis

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology provides family-centered care for children with respiratory disorders, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic lung disease.

Research efforts aim to improve the health of children with lung diseases.

2011 Highlights

  • Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, and Michael J. Rock, MD, received $153,944 from the Legacy of Angels Foundation for their project, “Quality Improvement in Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening—Addressing the Sweat Test QNS Problem with a Novel Method.”
  • Chris Green, MD, was named the interim senior vice president for medical affairs at UW Hospital and Clinics.
  • Theresa Guilbert, MD, MS, had a successful year generating funding as a PI or co-PI in her research efforts, as demonstrated by new grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
  • D.B. Sanders, MD, MS, received a three-year, $260,000 Harry Shwachman Clinical Investigator Award from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc., for his project, "Determinants of Lung Health in Children with CF.”
  • Mary Schroth, MD, developed a national reputation for her work with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients. In 2011, she gave 13 invited presentations on SMA-related topics in 7 cities nationwide.


Michael J. Rock, MD

Professor and Division Chief

Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Christopher G. Green, MD


Theresa W. Guilbert, MD

Assistant Professor

D. B. Sanders, MD

Assistant Professor

Mary K. Schroth, MD

Associate Professor


Recent Publications

Baker MW, Groose M, Hoffman G, Rock M, Levy H, Farrell PM. Optimal DNA tier for the IRT/DNA algorithm determined by CFTR mutation results over 14 years of newborn screening. J Cyst Fibros. 2011 Jul;10(4):278-81. PMID: 21388895.

Earley MC, Laxova A, Farrell PM, Driscoll-Dunn R, Cordovado S, Mogayzel PJ Jr, Konstan MW, Hannon WH. Implementation of the first worldwide quality assurance program for cystic fibrosis multiple mutation detection in population-based screening. Clin Chim Acta. 2011 Jul 15;412(15-16):1376-81. PMID: 21514289.

Farrell MH, Christopher SA, Tluczek A, Kennedy-Parker K, La Pean A, Eskra K, Collins J, Hoffman G, Panepinto J, Farrell PM. Improving communication between doctors and parents after newborn screening. WMJ. 2011 Oct;110(5):221-7. PMID: 22164579.

Fritz A, Farrell P. Estimating the annual number of false negative cystic fibrosis newborn screening tests. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012 Feb;47(2):207-8. Epub 2011 Nov 11. PMID: 22081583.

Grieve AJ, Tluczek A, Racine-Gilles CN, Laxova A, Albers CA, Farrell PM. Associations between academic achievement and psychosocial variables in adolescents with cystic fibrosis. J Sch Health. 2011 Nov;81(11):713-20. PMID: 21972992.

Guilbert TW, Bacharier LB. Controversies in the treatment of the acutely wheezing infant. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 May 15;183(10):1284-5. PMID: 21596826.

Guilbert TW, Mauger DT, Allen DB, Zeiger RS, Lemanske RF Jr, Szefler SJ, Strunk RC, Bacharier LB, Covar R, Sorkness CA, Taussig LM, Martinez FD; Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Growth of preschool children at high risk for asthma 2 years after discontinuation of fluticasone. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Nov;128(5):956-63.e1-7. PMID: 21820163.

Guilbert TW, Singh AM, Danov Z, Evans MD, Jackson DJ, Burton R, Roberg KA, Anderson EL, Pappas TE, Gangnon R, Gern JE, Lemanske RF Jr. Decreased lung function after preschool wheezing rhinovirus illnesses in children at risk to develop asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Sep;128(3):532-8.e1-10. PMID: 21878241.

Jadin SA, Wu GS, Zhang Z, Shoff SM, Tippets BM, Farrell PM, Miller T, Rock MJ, Levy H, Lai HJ. Growth and pulmonary outcomes during the first 2 y of life of breastfed and formula-fed infants diagnosed with cystic fibrosis through the Wisconsin Routine Newborn Screening Program. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 May;93(5):1038-47. PMID: 21430114.

Kissel JT, Scott CB, Reyna SP, Crawford TO, Simard LR, Krosschell KJ, Acsadi G, Elsheik B, Schroth MK, D'Anjou G, LaSalle B, Prior TW, Sorenson S, Maczulski JA, Bromberg MB, Chan GM, Swoboda KJ; Project Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy Investigators' Network. SMA CARNIVAL TRIAL PART II: a prospective, single-armed trial of L-carnitine and valproic acid in ambulatory children with spinal muscular atrophy. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e21296. PMID: 21754985.

Li Z, Sanders DB, Rock MJ, Kosorok MR, Collins J, Green CG, Brody AS, Farrell  PM. Regional differences in the evolution of lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Dec 7. PMID: 22162514.

Martinez FD, Chinchilli VM, Morgan WJ, Boehmer SJ, Lemanske RF Jr, Mauger DT, Strunk RC, Szefler SJ, Zeiger RS, Bacharier LB, Bade E, Covar RA, Friedman NJ, Guilbert TW, Heidarian-Raissy H, Kelly HW, Malka-Rais J, Mellon MH, Sorkness CA, Taussig L. Use of beclomethasone dipropionate as rescue treatment for children with mild persistent asthma (TREXA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2011 Feb 19;377(9766):650-7. PMID: 21324520.

Rock MJ, Levy H, Zaleski C, Farrell PM. Factors accounting for a missed diagnosis of cystic fibrosis after newborn screening. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Dec;46(12):1166-74. PMID: 22081556.

Sanders DB, Lai HJ, Rock MJ, Farrell PM. Comparing age of cystic fibrosis diagnosis and treatment initiation after newborn screening with two common strategies. J Cyst Fibros. 2011 Nov 18. PMID: 22104951.

Sanders DB, Li Z, Brody AS, Farrell PM. Chest computed tomography scores of severity are associated with future lung disease progression in children with cystic fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 Oct 1;184(7):816-21. PMID: 21737586.

Sanders DB, Li Z, Rock MJ, Brody AS, Farrell PM. The sensitivity of lung disease surrogates in detecting chest CT abnormalities in children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Dec 13. PMID: 22170734.

Sanders DB, Bittner RC, Rosenfeld M, Redding GJ, Goss CH.  Pulmonary exacerbations are associated with subsequent FEV1 decline in both adults and children with cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Apr;46(4):393-400. doi: 10.1002/ppul.21374. Epub 2010 Oct 21. PMID: 20967845.

Zeiger RS, Mauger D, Bacharier LB, Guilbert TW, Martinez FD, Lemanske RF Jr, Strunk RC, Covar R, Szefler SJ, Boehmer S, Jackson DJ, Sorkness CA, Gern JE, Kelly HW, Friedman NJ, Mellon MH, Schatz M, Morgan WJ, Chinchilli VM, Raissy HH, Bade E, Malka-Rais J, Beigelman A, Taussig LM; CARE Network of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Daily or intermittent budesonide in preschool children with recurrent wheezing. N Engl J Med. 2011 Nov 24;365(21):1990-2001. PMID: 22111718.

Grant Support

Principal Investigator Funding Agency Title
Farrell, Philip Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Psychosocial Outcomes of Cystic Fibrosis Neonatal Screening
Farrell, Philip DHHS, PHS, National Institutes of Health Pulmonary Benefits of Cystic Fibrosis of Neonatal Screening
Farrell, Philip Medical College of Wisconsin A Rapid-Throughput Feedback Intervention for Population-State Communication Quality Assurance Projects
Guilbert, Theresa UWF - Wisconsin Partnership Program - MERC Clinical & Public Health Data
Guilbert, Theresa Wisconsin Dept of Health Services (DHHS-CDC) Environmental Public Health Tracking Network Implementation
Guilbert, Theresa Wisconsin Dept of Health Services (DHHS-CDC) WI Public Health Infrastructure Improvement Data Exchange Pilot Program
Rock, Michael Children's Hospital And Regional Medical EPIC-002: Longitudinal Assessment of Risk Factors for and Impact of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Acquisition and Early Anti-Pseudomonal Treatment in Children with CF
Rock, Michael Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CF Center Grant 2010-2011
Rock, Michael Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Fellowship Award
Rock, Michael Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics CF Therapeutic Network - Pediatrics
Rock, Michael Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc Inspire 08-114: A Multicenter Study of Denufosol Tetrasodium Inhalation Solution in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease
Rock, Michael University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill ISIS002 - Infant Study of Inhaled Saline
Rock, Michael Wisconsin Dept of Health Services Congenital Disorders Program 2010-2011
Sanders, Don Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Determinants of Lung Health in Children with CF
Schroth, Mary DHHS, Health Resources And Services Administration MCHB Pediatric Pulmonary Center Training Grant
Schroth, Mary Philips Respironics Engineering Evaluation of Enhanced Leak Detection for Non-Invasive Ventilation in Pediatrics

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