We provide services for the clinical evaluation and management of pediatric and adolescent patients with asthma and allergic disease, as well as for patients with a history of recurrent infections and inherited immune deficiency disorders.
We care for patients with:
We are a New York State regional referral center for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) newborn screening.
Additionally, we provide the following services and procedures:
Patient Resources: A Patient's Guide™ to Asthma
The Severe Asthma Clinic is a multidisciplinary program with specialists in Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology, Respiratory Therapy, and Nursing, who collaborate to help children with severe asthma. A severe asthma patient is one who experiences pediatric intensive care unit admission, frequent hospitalizations or ER visits, frequent/high doses of systemic steroids and/or one who is symptomatic despite receiving high-dose controller asthma medications.
The mission of this clinic is to provide optimal care to our patients and educate parents and families about asthma to help them improve asthma control and quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.
Children with severe asthma tend to fall into two categories: difficult-to-treat asthma or severe therapy-resistant asthma.
Difficult-to-treat asthma is poor control due to an incorrect diagnosis or comorbidities and poor adherence due to adverse psychological or environmental factors. Evaluating the patient from a 360-degree view, which involves factoring in other medical conditions, addressing home exposures (mold, dust), assessing access to medication and health services, looking at tobacco exposure, and dealing with school issues, are all important and can all contribute to the clinical picture.
Severe therapy-resistant asthmatics are children whose asthma remains uncontrolled despite resolution of any reversible factors. Incorporating a multidisciplinary model that addresses the medical and social needs of children with asthma has shown demonstrable improvement in quality of life and symptom-free days, as well as decreased hospitalizations and ER visits.
We offer a full range of clinical services including:
For patients with refractory asthma, the Severe Asthma Clinic offers innovative diagnostic and treatment services that are at the forefront of asthma care including:
Note to Parents: If your child is being seen for asthma or allergies, please bring all prescription medications and have child avoid antihistamines for seven days prior to new patient appointments.
Holly Anderson, CPNP
Registered Nurse & Asthma Educator
Kristel McGuire, RN, AE-C
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
1404 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, NY 14228
Southwestern Office Park
4535 Southwestern Blvd.
Hamburg, NY 14075