Asthma

John Edsall–John Wood Asthma Center

Director
John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Center
Emily DiMango M.D.

For Appointments
Ida Soler Cruz
Email: isc2@columbia.edu
P: (212) 305-0631
F: (212) 342-4784

The John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Centerwas established in 1998 with the generous support of Mr. Robert Berkley. The Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to individuals with asthma and allergy. Asthma presently affects 6% of the American population, or close to 17 million individuals. The number of people afflicted with asthma in New York City is even higher, reaching up to 25% among children in some neighborhoods.

This multidisciplinary, patient-oriented Center was conceived by leading investigators and clinicians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Patients treated at the John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Center benefit from the talent, expertise and compassion of physicians who follow in the footsteps of the outstanding physicians for whom the Center is named, Dr. John Edsall and Dr. John Wood. They also benefit from the Center's strong focus on patient education and the advantages of a major academic medical center with rapid access to the latest research breakthroughs for prevention and treatment of asthma.

The Center is one-of-a-kind in the region, combining research and education with one stop asthma care. The Center provides the infrastructure for patient participation in a variety of research trials. Clinical trials focus on the controlled testing of new drugs and combinations of drugs for the treatment of asthma, as well as studies of the molecular basis of the disease. Clinicians and scientists from the Center have been awarded grant support from the NIH and other agencies to focus on patient education and on research to learn more about the causes of asthma. The Center is presently participating in several clinical trials supported by the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center.

The John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Center and the Sarah E. Nash Children's Asthma Center at Columbia University Medical Center encompass both dedicated inpatient services and specialized outpatient clinics. The goal of the Center is to provide state-of-the art comprehensive care in the management of asthma and allergy.

Specialized Diagnostic Services

The John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and education for patients with asthma and allergy. The Asthma Center, staffed by Board Certified pulmonologists and allergists, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and research coordinators provide unique outpatient care for individuals with asthma and support several educational and outreach programs in the community. Patients are often evaluated using a multi-disciplinary approach in conjunction with pulmonologists, allergists and nurse educators. Pulmonary function testing, bronchoprovocation testing, allergy testing and immunotherapy are available. Screening for other diseases that are often associated with asthma, such as sinusitis, rhinitis, nasal polyps and gastrointestinal reflux are performed on site. In addition, Asthma Center staff reviews each individual's home and work environment to determine which indoor and outdoor allergens might be triggering symptoms. When appropriate, patients are referred to Visiting Nurse Services so that home visits may be made to reinforce asthma education, review household environmental triggers and decrease exposure in the home. They are taught early warning signs of asthma, triggers, environmental control measures, medications and the correct use of inhalers. Spacers and peak flow meters are provided for home use. All patients have ready access to consultants such as nutritionists, exercise physiologists, ENT physicians, respiratory therapists, visiting nurses and social workers. Referring physicians are sent a written summary with treatment recommendations for each patient visit at the Asthma Center.

24-Hour Availability
Physicians are available to speak with patients by telephone 24 hours per day. They are available to provide advice for patients, and for discussion with referring physicians. Patients are encouraged to call to discuss changes in symptoms and appropriate changes in medications.

Access to Clinical Trials

Recent years have seen an explosion of asthma research triggered by a better understanding of the causal mechanisms of the disease. This has led to the development of several new agents that are currently being tested in clinical trials. All patients at the Asthma Center have access to trials of the most promising of these new agents. Physicians at the Center have been awarded grants from the National Institute of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Lung Association for the study of mechanisms and natural history of asthma and allergy.

Faculty

Emily DiMango, MD
Rachel Miller, MD

Staff

  • Program Manager, Research Coordinator: Surinder Narula, BS, MS CF
  • Receptionist: Ida Soler-Cruz
  • Research Coordinator: Linda Birnbaum, RT, PhD
  • Research Coordinator: Isleny Almonte, BS, RT

Clinical Trials

To learn more about clinical trials, please visit the asthma clinical trials page of this Web site.