How to Refer Patients to the CRIB Program

We welcome the chance to partner with you to care for your patient with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We treat infants and children with a history of prematurity and BPD who are at risk for or have a known diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension (PH). We also follow patients with congenital heart disease and BPD.

The appointment schedule, services, and testing will vary depending on the needs of the patient. In addition to a combined visit with a cardiologist and pulmonologist, available services include respiratory therapy, nutrition, and social work. The physician team will request imaging studies and laboratory tests as needed.

The importance of specialized care for BPD patients

Identifying BPD requires careful longitudinal evaluation and regular screening. Studies suggest that 15% to 40% of infants with BPD develop PH. While PH is associated with BPD severity, many infants with severe BPD never develop PH, and some infants with mild lung disease do. Additional risk factors include extremely low gestational age, low birth weight for gestational age, oligohydramnios, duration of mechanical ventilation, and prolonged oxygen therapy.

Because of the complex cardiopulmonary interactions in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, our multidisciplinary team collaborates to optimize respiratory support for these patients, diagnose and treat pulmonary hypertension, and track patients’ growth and development with regular inpatient and outpatient assessments. We work together with you, the referring providers, and families to ensure a seamless transition from inpatient to outpatient settings.

Inpatient referrals

To request assistance with a patient transfer or to speak directly to a physician regarding the patient you are referring, please call (650) 723-7342 or visit our "Referring, Admitting, and Transferring a Patient" webpage.

Outpatient referrals

Please call (800) 995-5724 and mention that you want to refer to the CRIB clinic, or use MD Portal and indicate CRIB.