Major Goals and Plans

The overall goals of the Division of Respiratory Medicine are to provide world-class excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy for childhood respiratory diseases, to expand the frontiers of knowledge from the molecular to the health systems levels, and to train the next generations of leaders in this field.

Vision Statement

Recognizing the centrality of healthy breathing to overall health, and the high prevalence of respiratory disorders in pediatric medicine, the Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Division at UCSD will provide outstanding, family-centered, state-of-the-art care with compassion and efficiency, educating the next generation of leaders in Respiratory Medicine, generating new knowledge about childhood respiratory health and disease, disseminating that knowledge broadly, and advocating on behalf of our patients.

In the next few years, the goals for the division will be as follows:

  1. Recruitment of a Sleep Program Director, to develop a recognized, accredited clinical program and to begin to develop a solid academic program in collaboration with the adult program at UCSD.
  2. Recruitment of a lung biology researcher with research interests complementary to those of existing faculty, and continuing to nurture promising researchers and physician-scientists in our existing laboratories.
  3. Recruit additional clinically-oriented faculty as needed to improve patient access, expand clinical areas of expertise, and increase our presence in satellite clinical locations
  4. Develop respiratory-oriented multidisciplinary service lines for complex, chronic conditions

Priority Areas for Growth/Recruitment


  • Pediatric Sleep Medicine/ Respiratory Consequences of Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Asthma (Translational Science)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (Translational Science and Quality of Care)
  • Childhood Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Genomics/Epigenomics of Childhood Respiratory Disease
  • Infant Pulmonary Function Testing


  • Interstitial Lung Diseases/Lung Remodeling
  • Genetic/Molecular Basis of Diffuse Lung Disease
  • Airway Epithelial Biology and Ion/Fluid Transport
  • Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling and Hypertension
  • Infection, Environment, Innate Immunity, Inflammation and Lung Disease
  • CF Clinical Research and Quality Improvement