Paediatric Pulmonology

The Paediatric Pulmonology Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is committed to improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with respiratory problems by providing quality diagnostic and clinical services.

We provide a comprehensive consultation and follow-up on a wide variety of complex respiratory conditions including problematic or poorly controlled asthma, bronchiectasis, congenital lung anomalies, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease as well as a range of sleep disorders. Our evaluation also includes diagnostic imaging, flexible bronchoscopy, pulmonary function testing, exercise stress testing, and allergy skin prick testing.

We offer specialised services for a variety of sleep-disordered breathing and for children requiring non-invasive positive pressure ventilation such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP).

We also provide, in conjunction with other subspecialities, consultation to children with neuro-muscular and airway problems.



The pulmonology clinic at Al Jalila Children’s provides comprehensive tests and services:

Cystic Fibrosis Service

Fit to Fly Assessment



Gas Transfer

Static Lung Volumes

Impulse Oscillometry

Exercise Test

Skin Prick Allergy Test

Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) 

We evaluate and manage children with severe asthma and difficult to control asthma with multidisciplinary input from other services at Al Jalila Children’s.

Pulmonary Genetics

The Al Jalila Children’s Genomics Centre is a state-of-the-art unit that was created to offer a wide range of genetic testing and counselling services, thus filling a notable gap in the region for such a facility in view of the global increasing demand for genetic testing. The Genomics Centre at Al Jalila Children’s possesses cutting-edge technologies capable of conducting the most sophisticated genetic testing. Additionally, a team of highly specialised, western-board certified team of physicians oversee and run the Centre.

Genetics is being rapidly integrated into all aspects of modern medicine and with the support of our genetic counselling core, the first in the UAE, we offer genetic services in our Pulmonology Clinic. Single and Multi-gene next generation sequencing disease panels should be considered for pulmonary disorders such as:

  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Neonatal Respiratory distress
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

What makes us different?

  • The only advanced CAP-accredited genomic sequencing diagnostics in the UAE and the region with a focus on paediatric disorders
  • The first clinical genomics facility in the UAE to establish in-house bioinformatics and interpretation pipelines following the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) standards
  • The Genetics Laboratory is part of a full-fledged world-class hospital where every patient is assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution
  • A Genetic Counseling Core to assist clinicians and families in understanding all aspects of genetic testing (ordering, billing, consenting, recurrence risk assessment, result disclosure, family planning)
  • Al Jalila Children’s is the only paediatric centre in the region to staff American board-certified genetic counsellors



Dr. Rizwana Popatia

Paediatric Pulmonologist

Dr. Aji George Mathew

Paediatric Pulmonologist

Joel Sánchez

Pulmonary Function Technologist



      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
800 AJCH (8002524)
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