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Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease of the secretory glands that affects the lungs and digestive system. Though CF cannot be prevented or cured, great strides have been made in the medical and lifestyle management of adult patients. Learn more about adult cystic fibrosis.

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program—a joint program of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center and Boston Children’s Hospital—provides expert care from internal medicine-trained pulmonologists and a team of sub-specialists. Their coordinated, multidisciplinary efforts enable many cystic fibrosis patients to live actively into adult years.

Our Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program team includes board-certified pulmonologists who are faculty at Harvard Medical School, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and nutritionists – all with extensive experience working with adult CF patients. These specialists help patients navigate the many medical, emotional, social and financial challenges posed to them by chronic illness. They provide a full range of services, from evaluation and diagnosis to treatment, patient support and education. If lung transplantation is indicated, we collaborate with physicians and surgeons in the Lung Transplant Program. Our physician-scientists are actively involved in cystic fibrosis research aimed at developing new therapies and improving quality of life.

How do I make an appointment?

To make an appointment with the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, please call (617) 355-1923 or email: For cystic fibrosis patients who are pursuing lung transplantation, please call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864 ) to make an appointment.

What is cystic fibrosis? Can it be cured? How is it diagnosed? Manuela Cernadas, M.D., Pulmonologist at the Lung Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, answers people's most commonly searched questions about cystic fibrosis (CF).

Who is on the adult cystic fibrosis team?


Nurse Practitioners

  • Kelly Britton, NP
  • Lauren Cardoni, NP

Physician Assistants

  • Sheri Talbott, PA-C
  • Derek Schmidt, PA-C
  • Jillian Lynch, PA-C
  • Kaitlyn McGowan, PA-C
  • Social Worker Isabel Bailey, LISCW

Administrative Assistants

  • Simona Rits, Adult Program Coordinator
  • Kelsey Prendergast, Adult Program Coordinator

I'm a physician. How do I refer a patient?

Referring physicians can call (617) 355-1923 or email to refer a patient.

For cystic fibrosis patients who are pursuing lung transplantation, please call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864)

Where are you located?

The Lung Center provides outpatient sub-specialty and inpatient care for adult cystic fibrosis at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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