Spotlight on Valley Health pediatric pulmonology
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Spotlight on Valley Health pediatric pulmonology

Melanie Garvie, RRT, CPFT, Pediatric Pulmonary Diagnostic Coordinator, and Steven Kanengiser, MD, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology, are shown in the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Lab.
Melanie Garvie, RRT, CPFT, Pediatric Pulmonary Diagnostic Coordinator, and Steven Kanengiser, MD, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology, are shown in the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Lab.

While pediatric lung diseases generate fewer headlines than other more visible conditions, asthma is the most common chronic disease among children, according to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Valley’s pediatric pulmonary team diagnoses and treats asthma — and all other types of respiratory diseases and disorders — in infants, children, and adolescents. The team offers a combination of medical expertise and child-friendly care that puts young patients and their families at ease.

Steven Kanengiser, MD, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology in the Department of Pediatrics at The Valley Hospital is a longtime member of Valley’s medical staff. He is widely known for his extensive knowledge of pulmonology and his dedication to his young patients and their families.

“Adam,” a patient of Dr. Kanengiser’s, is a case in point. When Adam came to the practice at age seven, he had poorly controlled asthma and had already been hospitalized multiple times, including a stint in critical care on a ventilator. Dr. Kanengiser put him on a personalized treatment regimen with regular follow-up, and he has not been hospitalized again since.

“I strive to develop treatment plans that allow patients and families to control their symptoms, rather than letting their symptoms control them,” said Dr. Kanengiser. “I count it as a win when a patient ‘graduates’ from my care.”

Valley’s pediatric pulmonology services include diagnostic and testing procedures such as spirometry, exercise testing, and allergy and other laboratory tests. A hallmark of the department is the quality of its patient and parent education, individualized treatment plans, and thorough follow-up care as needed.

For more information about Pediatric Pulmonology at Valley, or to make an appointment with Dr. Kansengiser, visit ValleyHealth.com/Pediatric Pulmonology , or call 201-447-8026.

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