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The Children's National Research Institute

Research Profile

Research Interests

  • Lung mechanics
  • Neuromuscular diseases & chest wall abnormalities
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Congenital airway & lung abnormalities

Education & Training

  • M.D., Medicine, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece, (1974-1980)
  • M.P.H., Public Health, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, (1982-1983)
  • Research Fellowship, Clinical Toxicology & Applied Pharmacotherapeutics, University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences, Memphis, TN, (1981-1982)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, St Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD, (1984-1987)
  • Fellowship, Pediatric Pulmonology & Pediatric Critical Care, University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, (1987-1991)

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Anastassios Koumbourlis, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief of the Divisions of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children's National Hospital. Apart from treating pulmonary and sleep disorders, he also evaluates and treats cystic fibrosis at our Cystic Fibrosis Center (Pediatric and Adult). Dr. Koumbourlis previously was a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Chief of Pulmonology at the Schneider Children’s Hospital in New York. Prior to this, he was on the faculty of Columbia University and Director of the Pulmonary Function and Exercise Laboratories at the Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Koumbourlis has extensive experience in pediatric pulmonary medicine with special interests in congenital lung and airway anomalies, chest wall deformities and pulmonary complications of neuromuscular and sickle cell disease.

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Outside Interests

  • American College of Chest Physicians 
  • Advanced Respiratory, Inc. 
  • Novartis 

Research & Publications