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Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis

Key points about cystic fibrosis

  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease characterized by an abnormality in the body's salt, water-making cells and mucus-making cells.
  • Many children are diagnosed with CF before they show symptoms due to newborn screening programs that have been implemented.
  • At the present time, there is no cure for CF; however, gene therapy research is being conducted.
  • Treatment for your child could include: chest physical therapy, exercise, medication, digestive support and psychosocial care.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Children's National Hospital

Primary Care
Iman Sami Zakhari

Iman Sami Zakhari

Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Sleep Medicine Specialist
Michael Tsifansky

Michael Tsifansky

Medical Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program
Cardiac Critical Care Specialist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Ryan Morales and Kurt Newman

Ryan M's Story

Father and son Ryan and Alex Morales know what it’s like to spend days—even weeks in the hospital. The two have been patients at Children’s National Hospital for more than 10 years. Their stories are connected by Children’s National physicians who have been treating them since 2005 and continue to see them improve and grow in more ways than one.



Cystic Fibrosis Center

Children’s National's Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists who see to all aspects of care for inpatients and outpatients of all ages with CF.

Respiratory Care Services

A dedicated team of nearly 100 professionals provides respiratory care services around the clock for outpatients and inpatients at Children's National Hospital. Our therapists excel in the field for their technical knowledge as well as their expertise in working with kids. 

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

When your child is having surgery at Children’s National Hospital, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.

Pulmonary Medicine

Children’s National is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery because of our expertise in the field, and the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children’s National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.