Tulane Lung Center - Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Monday and Wednesday, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Central Time

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The Tulane University Adult Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Program clinic is located on the 7th floor of the Tulane Medical Center at the Tulane Lung Center. Our doctors are board-certified pulmonologists and faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine with expertise in the clinical care for adults with cystic fibrosis. The Tulane University Adult CF Program is one of the CF Foundation-Accredited Care Centers providing the highest quality of interdisciplinary specialized care for people with CF. We welcome the opportunity to work with patients and primary care physicians in Louisiana and throughout the Southeast.

For more information, visit www.cff.org

Any general inquiries can be sent to: cysticfibrosis@tulane.edu

As CF is a multi-organ system disease affecting the lives of both the patient and his/her family, our CF team includes the following interdisciplinary healthcare professionals:

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Pulmonary Physicians and Providers:

Ross C. Klingsberg, MD
Christine Bojanowski, MD MSCR
fer Stark, MSN, FNP-C

Our CF physicians and providers are responsible for pulmonary care in both the outpatient clinic and in-patient management of adult patients with CF in Louisiana and the Southeastern United States. Our physicians and providers strive to provide optimal clinical care for our patients while conducting research that will increase our understanding of CF and improve the lives of our patients.

The Tulane Adult CF Clinic also has a dedicated nurse who organizes clinic and schedules patients, necessary procedures, and follow-up clinic visits in addition to triaging phone calls. In addition, our nurse verifies insurance pre-certification for clinic visits and ensures that laboratory and imaging orders are scheduled and able to be completed.

Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker and Mental Health Coordinator:

Eliza Sheffield, LCSW

The social worker on the CF care team has an important role in helping patients and their families cope more effectively and manage the impact of cystic fibrosis on their day to day lives. By acting as an advocate for people with CF and their support network, our LCSW acts as a liaison and provides referrals and resources to promote mental health.

Additionally, social work assessments guide CF patients toward the following:

  • Income support
  • Housing resources
  • Education/college grants
  • Help with employment
  • Liaison with other agencies
  • Financial and benefit advice and how to apply for disability

Registered Dietitian:

Bailey Doctor, MPH, RD, LDN

Our CF dietitian works one-on-one with our patients to provide individualized nutritional treatment plans in order to optimize nutritional status and support and maintain lung function and general well-being

Respiratory Therapist:

At least one respiratory therapist (RT) is available at all clinic visits. RTs are responsible for the following:

  • Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)
  • Sputum induction
  • Education on Airway Clearance Techniques (ACTs)

Research Coordinators:

As a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Therapeutics Development Network (TDN) site, Tulane has access to the largest CF clinical trials network in the world. The research studies available at Tulane are both investigator-initiated by our physicians and pharmaceutical industry-sponsored.

We have research coordinators and nurses who work closely with our study participants and physicians ensuring proper screening, successful enrollment and eventual completion of research studies.

Subspecialties and Services that we work closely with:

  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes Education Specialists
  • Gastroenterology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
  • Tulane Specialty Pharmacy