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Pediatric Asthma Program

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates one out of every ten school-aged child in the U.S. has asthma, and from 2012-2014, over 50% of children in New York State missed school days due to their asthma. Frequent absences from school may lead to students falling behind academically. Parents of children with poorly controlled asthma miss almost 1.2 times more workdays as parents of children without asthma. Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled.  The Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Asthma Program provides care to children who have a higher risk of asthma-related complications. Asthma management may be more successful with the right tools and support. 

We offer:

  • One-on-one asthma teaching with a skilled certified asthma educator who will provide ongoing support as well as an individualized asthma action plan.
  • Lung function tests to see how well your child's lungs are working.
  • Allergy testing to learn more about what may be triggering your child's asthma and what can be done to avoid those allergens.
  • Assessment by an asthma specialist who can track how well your child's medication is working, and make recommendations that are specific to your needs.
  • Home/environmental assessments by a community health worker,  which can help with a variety of issues including pest management and housing issues, as well as supply bed/pillow covers. 
    Learn more: Center for Community Health Navigation

Our Team

Our team includes doctors, nurses, asthma educators, and other healthcare staff dedicated to helping children and their families manage pediatric asthma.

Jennie Ono

Jennie Ono, M.D., M.S.

Program Director, Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Asthma Program
Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Hilary Carlson

Hilary Carlson, N.P., A.E.-C.

Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner
Christina Kappiuzhathil

Christina Kappiuzhathil, M.P.H.

Program Manager
Susan McKillop

Susan McKillop, M.S.N.Ed., B.S.N., R.N., A.E-C.

Asthma Educator
Dr. Perdita Permaul

Perdita Permaul, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pediatric Asthma Center at NYP Queens
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician
Caryl and Israel A. Englander Clinical Scholar in Children’s Health
Dr. Kalliope Tsirilakis

Kalliope Tsirilakis, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Asthma Center at NYP Queens
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Assistant Attending Pediatrician


Asthma Discharge Toolkit

If your child was recently admitted in the hospital, please use our Asthma Discharge Toolkit to learn more about how to keep good asthma control!


Childhood Asthma: This session was developed by Susan M. McKilllop, MSNeD, BSN, RN, AE-C, an Asthma Educator at Weill Cornell Medicine's Pediatric Asthma Program. This discussion includes Anatomy and Physiology, Overview of Asthma, Asthma in NYC, Symptoms. amd Asthma Management.   PDF icon Download the Childhood Asthma slides

Spacer Use: Asthma Educator Susan M. McKillop of Weill Cornell Medicine's Pediatric Asthma Program discusses spacer use and inhalers.  Susan discusses how asthma medication goes to your lungs and other important things to know about using a spacer for better medicine delivery.  PDF icon Download the Spacer Use slides


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Pediatric Asthma Program
Division of General Academic Pediatrics
505 East 70th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Appointments: 212-746-3303

Pediatrics Weill Cornell Medicine Appointments & Referrals: (646) 962-KIDS (646) 962-5437 Chair's Office: Weill Cornell Medicine 525 E 68th St.
Box 225
New York, NY 10065 (646) 962-5437