Asthma Center of Excellence

The Asthma Center of Excellence at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is committed to delivering exceptional pediatric asthma care, across a continuum of healthcare settings, through innovation, advocacy, education, and research.

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists has the knowledge and skills to treat all types of asthma and other co-existing conditions that can mimic or worsen asthma.

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Phone 402-955-5570 | Fax 402-955-5576

What Sets Children’s Apart?

Our Asthma Center of Excellence provides expert services and support to children by:

  • Offering educational materials and individualized Asthma Action Plans to keep families and caregivers informed and prepared for a child’s asthma.
  • Using a multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of all types of asthma. The Asthma Center of Excellence includes allergists, pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, social workers, dietitians, and certified asthma educators. Through the multidisciplinary approach, Children’s can address asthma symptoms and triggers as well as how asthma impacts a child’s life in order to improve their well-being and mental health.
  • Hosting an Advanced Asthma Clinic once per month in the Specialty Pediatric Center (SPC) at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center for high-risk asthma patients. Patients are referred to the clinic by their established Children’s Pulmonology or Allergy provider.
Fast Facts
  • An estimated 5.1 million children 18 years and younger have been diagnosed with asthma in the US.
  • In 2019, 44.3% of children under 18 who had asthma experienced one or more asthma attacks within the last year. 
  • Of the 5 million children with asthma, it is estimated that at least half of them have uncontrolled asthma where their symptoms get in the way of their everyday activities — despite taking medication.
  • Each year, approximately 16.6% of children with asthma go to the emergency department, and 5% of children with asthma experience a hospitalization.

Our Providers

Casey J. Burg
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Matthew B. Dennis
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Ashley R. Deschamp
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Nancy Y. Hong
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Russell J. Hopp
D.O., FAAAAI

Allergy & Immunology
Asthma Center

Hana B. Niebur
M.D., FAAAAI

Allergy & Immunology
Asthma Center

Eli M. Rhoads
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Heather M. Thomas
M.D.

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Joel K. Van De Graaff
M.D.

Allergy & Immunology
Asthma Center

Julie Johnsen
APRN-DNP

Allergy & Immunology
Asthma Center

Jamie Protaskey
APRN-NP

Asthma Center
Pulmonary Medicine

Locations

Asthma Resources

Asthma is a disease of the lungs that causes swelling of the airway and increased mucous, making it hard to breathe. Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, retractions (chest sinking in and ribs showing), and/or a tight feeling in the chest.

Symptoms may occur or be worse at night or early morning and every symptom should be taken seriously. Your Children’s provider will work with you to determine the triggers for your child’s asthma and the best medications to manage it.

Our providers are asthma specialists that will work with you and your child to find the right combination of medicines to control their asthma. To ensure the medication(s) get deep into your child’s lungs, proper use is important. See the below video demonstrations on commonly used asthma inhaler devices and techniques for their proper use:

How to Use a Respimat Inhaler
How to Use a DISKUS Inhaler
How to Use an Ellipta Device
How to Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI) with Valved Holding Chamber (VHC)
How to Use a Respiclick Inhaler
How to Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI) with Valved Holding Chamber (VHC)
How to Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI) Using Valved Holding Chamber (VHC) with a Mask
How to Use a Nebulizer

For additional resources about managing and treating your child’s asthma visit:

What To Do Next

For Patients

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To make an appointment, call 402-955-5570.

For Referring Providers

The Physicians’ Priority Line is your 24-hour link to pediatric specialists at Children’s for referrals, emergency and urgent consults, physician-to-physician consults, admissions, and transport services. Call 855-850-KIDS (5437).

Learn more about referring patients.

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