Dr. Cynthia Brown (back row, left) and team members from the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program pose together after participating in the Indianapolis Great Strides Fundraising Walk on May 7, 2023. The event raised over $150,000 to support the research mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The adult program, led by Cynthia Brown, MD, provides multidisciplinary care for its patients, including social work, nutrition, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and pharmacy services. It has been an accredited program by the for more than a decade. In addition to clinical care, the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program has an active clinical research program that brings opportunities to participate in the newest developments in cystic fibrosis care.
Brown said that this is an exciting time to participate in the care of all patients with cystic fibrosis.
"In my opinion, there is no more rewarding field in which to practice pulmonary medicine, and clinical research is altering the face of cystic fibrosis in so many ways," she said.
In 2014, the population of adults living with cystic fibrosis surpassed the number of children with the disease for the first time, according to Brown. The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center has also has experienced tremendous growth, with the size of the patient population served at IU doubling over the past decade.
Currently, the Adult Cystic Fibrosis program cares for more than 300 adults living with cystic fibrosis in Indiana and Illinois, making it one of the largest programs in the country.
"The main reason I love cystic fibrosis is the teamwork involved in being a good cystic fibrosis provider that starts with the patient at the center of care," she said "No cystic fibrosis provider can work in a vacuum, and I love our multidisciplinary approach to care in which we partner with the patients to help them lead fulfilling and active adult lives."
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Hannah Calkins is the communications manager for the Department of Medicine.