Pediatric Asthma Center

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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital


Kristie Ross, MD (216-844-3267)
Daniel Craven, MD (216-844-3267)


Alfreda Eff (216-844-3267)


Dayenette Ellington (216-844-3528)


For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Pediatric asthma
  • Severe asthma
  • Preschool wheezing
  • Exercise-induced wheezing/shortness of breath

Diagnostic Procedures

  • Pediatric pulmonary function testing
  • Exhaled nitric oxide
  • Tests of bronchoprovocation (exercise, methacholine)
  • Allergy skin prick testing
  • Infant pulmonary function testing 
  • Flexible bronchoscopy (not normally needed)


  • Personalized asthma management plan developed in conjunction with child and family
  • Integrated care path to ensure high-quality, highly reliable treatment of childhood acute asthma in all University Hospitals Emergency Departments
  • Innovative care path for the treatment of severe acute asthma in hospitalized children at all UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s locations, focused on personalized plans to prevent readmissions

Distinguishing Features

  • Collaborative team approach with allergy/immunology, gastroenterology, ENT, sleep medicine and other asthma-related specialties when needed
  • Multidisciplinary severe asthma clinic (pulmonology, nutrition, nursing, respiratory therapy, sleep medicine)
  • Clinical trials for novel interventions available through National Institutes of Health-funded collaboratives and other sources
  • Collaboration with insurers and community resources to provide in-home environmental assessments and remediation
  • Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Home Chapter Champions Program for Asthma, Allergy, and Anaphylaxis (MHCCPAAA) Quality Improvement (QI) Project
  • Integrated inpatient and outpatient registry to track outcomes
  • Certified asthma educator RNs provide education
  • Around-the-clock telephone advice from certified asthma educator RNs or specialist physicians Pediatric Asthma Center

About UH Cleveland Medical Center
At the core of University Hospitals’ $4 billion health system is UH Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.