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Severe Asthma Clinic (Pediatric)

NJH for Kids logoAsthma usually can be controlled by medications and patient education to manage the disease. Some children and adolescents may experience poor asthma control despite the use of prescribed medicines, due to the diverse nature of asthma, its associated medical conditions, and suboptimal adherence. Children with uncontrolled severe asthma may experience poor quality of life, frequent exacerbations, loss of lung function and more serious disease later in life, so it’s important to gain control over severe asthma quickly.To make an appointment for your child at the Pediatric Severe Asthma Clinic, call 1.877.CALL NJH (877.225.5654) or complete the online appointment form.

You also may learn more about the variety of treatment options available in our Pediatric Asthma Treatment Programs.


Why National Jewish Health

Children with severe persistent asthma may need a different approach to managing it – the pediatric asthma experts at National Jewish Health can help. Our Pediatric Severe Asthma Clinic features a multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized physicians with expertise in asthma, pulmonology, behavioral health, and pharmacology – plus knowledge about the latest asthma research and patient education protocols to help severe asthmatics gain control over their condition.


Make an appointment with the clinic if your child:

  • Is taking multiple medications or high-dose steroids and his or her asthma is not under control
  • Was admitted to the hospital once or more in the past year due to severe asthma
  • Visited the emergency room more than once in the past year
  • Experienced multiple prednisone bursts in the past year
  • Missed one week or more of school due to asthma


Prevent a misdiagnosis

There are many medical conditions that can aggravate or mimic asthma. Confirming a diagnosis of asthma is key, especially when children are having trouble controlling severe asthma. In addition to being the nation’s leading respiratory hospital with extensive experience in treating asthma, National Jewish Health has experience in treating coexisting conditions that may initially look like pediatric asthma, including:


The Pediatric Severe Asthma Clinic team will:

  • Confirm your child's diagnosis of severe asthma
  • Evaluate and address coexisting conditions, asthma triggers, and psychosocial and environmental issues that may impact asthma control
  • Conduct an evaluation of the child's current medication regimen and adjust or trial medications as needed
  • Develop an individualized written asthma action plan
  • Monitor adherence to the asthma action plan and re-educate as needed
  • Improve patient self-management skills by educating the patient and checking in to monitor progress
  • Refer children and their families to the Pediatric Day Program for additional evaluation as needed


  • James Brock

    James Brock, DO

  • Ronina A. Covar

    Ronina A. Covar, MD

  • Pamela L. Zeitlin

    Pamela L. Zeitlin, MD, MPhil, PhD

Clinical Trials

For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.

Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses
  • Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years
  • Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS
  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly
  • Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials
  • 124-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders
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