The UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center is an accredited care center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It offers comprehensive clinical care, research and educational support for newborns screen patient, as well as infants, children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetically inherited disease that primarily affects a child's lungs and digestive system. Children with cystic fibrosis have a defective gene and its protein product causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus. This sticky mucus obstructs the lungs, which can lead to life-threatening lung infections, obstruct the pancreas and stop natural enzymes form helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients. Approximately 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. suffer from cystic fibrosis.
Since cystic fibrosis care is complex, our team of clinicians administers state-of-the-art testing methods and provides clinical care that is custom-tailored to the needs of each individual child. Our patients receive thorough routine evaluations and treatment for acute and chronic problems. We deliver several unique services ranging from evaluation, diagnosis and patient education. We also offer sweat testing for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis in addition to genetic counseling and testing. We are committed to utilizing our knowledge and skills to optimally care for your child and provide the most effective services and efficient patient care. Our medical team consists of physicians, nurses, social workers, dieticians, and respiratory therapists.
Our Medical Team
- Douglas Li, MD - CF Center Director
- Eric Hamberger, MD - Associate Center Director
- Patricia Eshaghian, MD - Adult Program Director
- Elaine Harrington, RN, BSN, AE-C - Pulmonary Nurse Specialist
- Marine Kupalyan, RN, Pulmonary Nurse Specialist
- Danielle Mein, RD - Registered Dietician
- Sabah Akmal, LCSW - Pediatric Clinical Social Worker
- DeeAnna Serna -RCP, RRT-NPS, AE-C, Associates of Science in Respiratory Therapy
Appointments & Referrals - Phone: (310) 825-0867
Administrative Office & Information - Phone: (310) 825-5930
Administrative Office - Fax: (310) 794-7338
Pulmonary Nurse Specialist - Elaine Harrington, RN, BSN, AE-C - Phone: (310) 267-0606