Medical Director, Complex Care Program; Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program; Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program | Clinical Professor
“I try to promote health as opposed to treating illness.”
I take a holistic approach to care. I believe that you can dramatically improve underlying conditions and decrease symptoms by doing more than just prescribing medication. I always look at lifestyle, nutrition, diet, exercise and other factors in order to treat a child's pulmonary condition.
I try to promote health as opposed to treating illness. Since I trained in integrative medicine (conventional and nonconventional therapies), other physicians often send families to me who prefer that their child not be put on chronic medication. While I do prescribe medications, I like to first focus on a child's overall health. My goal is to use the fewest amount of medications with the fewest amount side effects.
Asthma is a great example of a childhood disorder where if you improve nutrition and exercise, ensure adequate sleep, and control certain environmental factors where the child lives, you often can make a dramatic difference without medication. I'm here to work together with families to improve not only their child's pulmonary problem but their feeling of well-being, as well.
Chronic Lung Disease in Infancy
Chronic Ventilator Management
Congenital Lung Disease
Interstitial Lung Disease
Pulmonary Vascular Disease
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS, 05/31/1978
Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Residency Program, Kansas City, MO, 06/30/1981
University of Rochester Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship, Rochester, NY, 06/30/1984
University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson, AZ, 06/30/2001
Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Residency Program, Kansas City, MO, 06/30/1979
Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics, 1992
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 1982