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Respiratory Services

We offer a wide range of pediatric respiratory services, including administering treatments prescribed by Children’s Hospital specialists for sudden respiratory illnesses or in the emergency care of children in shock or in need of life support.

We see pediatric patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), at the Shaker Campus, and on hospital floors.

Respiratory services are referred by Pulmonologists, Allergists and Otolaryngologists.

Respiratory therapists are specialists in airway car and mechanical ventilation. We evaluate, treat and care for children with a wide range of breathing problems, such as:

Our respiratory therapists are trained to:

  • administer oxygen therapy
  • provide breathing treatments (medications in mist or gas form)
  • removal of airway secretions (mucus)
  • monitor the function of your child's lungs
  • check oxygen levels through blood tests and non-invasive monitoring
  • teach breathing exercises to the patient and family
  • provide advanced specific respiratory education to patients and families to assist them in the post discharge care of the patient
  • participate in specialized multidisciplinary care plans involving the cardiopulmonary system
  • provide advanced interventions to infants and children involving mechanical ventilation and support of the cardiopulmonary system
  • care for pediatric patients on mechanical ventilators (machines that provide breathing assistance)
  • offer emergency care of children in shock or in need of life support
  • Cleveland Clinic was one of the first hospitals to develop guidelines for respiratory care, which was established to ensure that patients receive the best possible, most appropriate therapy.
  • Our Respiratory Consult service has become a point of reference for other respiratory therapy departments across the country.
  • Respiratory therapists in the Pediatric Institute play an integral role in making recommendations and delivering outstanding pediatric patient care, working with physicians and nurses to provide the appropriate level of respiratory therapy for each child.
  • Our team provides 24-hour coverage of children with respiratory needs in any area of the hospital.

Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Medical Director

Director of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy

  • Doug Orens, MBA, RRT

Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Manager

  • Kathy Fedor RRT-NPS

Research Manager

  • Rob Chatburn, RRT-NPS, FAARC


  • Nicole Yax, RRT
  • Robert Mladineo, RRT

Clinical Specialists

  • Suzanne Coleman, BS, RRT, – Clinical Instructor
  • Eduardo Marquez RRT – Shaker Campus