Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Program

US News and World Report Badge for Pulmonary MedicineStanford Children’s Health physicians are your lifelong partners in managing bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also called chronic lung disease.

BPD can develop when babies are born very early and need help breathing for a prolonged period of time. Infants with BPD have impaired lung development and lung injury. Ever since BPD was first defined at Stanford University in 1967, we’ve been at the forefront of efforts to better understand and treat the disease.

To help our patients and their families manage BPD from every angle, our multidisciplinary care team includes neonatologists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, registered dieticians, social workers and care coordinators who can help navigate insurance and equipment issues.

We ensure a seamless transition of care for patients from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or local NICUs throughout the Bay Area to our outpatient clinic for longer-term care. We are also one of the few centers in the region with a pediatric blood draw lab staffed with specialists who are experts at drawing blood from tiny veins, and we offer pediatric radiology services designed to minimize radiation exposure while still producing high-quality images.

For patients who both have BPD and are at risk for or have been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, we have developed the multidisciplinary Cardiac and Respiratory Care for Infants with BPD (CRIB) Program.

Our Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology is conducting cutting-edge research into the biology of BPD and how it develops, with the goal of uncovering new treatment options. We are also the only center in Northern California to be a part of the BPD Collaborative, which connects doctors treating patients with BPD across the country to work together and advance care.