Division of Pulmonary Medicine | Research and Innovation

The Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases Division at Children`s Hospital Boston is committed to advancing the understanding of pulmonary disease through basic, translational and clinical research.

Clinical Research

The Division is actively involved in several clinical research projects. Members of the Division are investigating pulmonary outcomes of prematurity, manifestations of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, the management of parapneumonic effusion and necrotizing pneumonia, and sleep disturbance in children. Several studies are ongoing regarding Cystic Fibrosis including but not limited to epidemiological studies, the pathobiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the use of induced sputum in evaluating infection and inflammation, and the role of modifier genes in disease expression. The Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Hospital has been designated a Therapeutics Development Center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is also currently engaged in a variety of early clinical trials involving novel therapeutics for Cystic Fibrosis.

Basic Science Research

Members of the Division are engaged in basic research projects exploring mechanisms pertinent to a wide variety of pulmonary diseases. These include investigations into the basic mechanisms of asthma, the role and mechanisms of inflammation in lung diseases including Cystic Fibrosis, and the physiologic manifestations of injury to the lung during growth. A major component of the Division's research is centered in the Ina Sue Perlmutter Laboratories at Children's Hospital under the direction of Norma Gerard, Ph.D. The work in this laboratory focuses on inflammatory responses in the lung, particularly the identification and function of chemokines and their receptors. The laboratory has elucidated the roles of these receptors in both amplifying some disease processes and reducing others. One such chemokine receptor has recently been shown to act as a co-receptor for the AIDS virus.

To learn more about our research, visit the Respiratory Diseases Research page.

Fellows Research

Fellows in Children's Division of Pulmonary Medicine have the opportunity to work in the above laboratories as well as others throughout the Harvard Medical system.  You can find more information about fellows research under the Fellowship Program page. 

Research Staff

Alicia Casey, MD

Alicia Casey, MD

Co-Director, Fellowship Training Program; Co-Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Sung Chun, PhD

Sung Chun, PhD

Associate Scientific Researcher Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Martha FIshman, MD

Martha Fishman, MD

Co-Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Director, Ambulatory Clinics Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
 Jonathan Gaffin, MD, MMsc

Jonathan Gaffin, MD

Director, Severe Asthma Program Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
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Norma Gerard, PhD

Director, Ina Sue PerlmutterCystic Fibrosis Research Laboratory Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Eliot Katz, MD

Eliot Katz, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Pulmonary Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
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Bao Lu, MD

Research Associate, Division of Pulmonary Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Thomas Martin, MD

Thomas Martin, MD

Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Pyong Woo Park

Pyong Woo Park, PhD

Research Associate, Division of Pulmonary Medicine Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Benjamin Raby, MD, MPH

Benjamin Raby, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine Leila and Irving Perlmutter Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Gregory Sawicki, MD, MPH

Gregory Sawicki, MD, MPH

Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Ahmet Uluer, DO

Ahmet Uluer, DO

Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program; Director, Weitzman Family Bridges Adult Transition Program Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Gary Visner, DO

Gary Visner, DO

Medical Director, Lung Transplantation Program; Attending Physician, Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Ruobing Wang, MD

Ruobing Wang, MD

Assistant in Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School