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Dr. John Schuen is the division Chief of Pediatric Aerodigestive Specialties at Helen DeVos Children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. He is also the director of the CF care center. We’re talking to Dr. Schuen to discuss all that they have going on for CF patients in Grand Rapids. And why he decided to become a CF doctor.
You are a specialist in so many areas, in addition to CF, in sleep medicine as well. Why did you decide to become a doctor, and specifically why did CF draw you in?
I wanted to do this podcast to highlight all the great things that you and Dr. Susan Millard are doing and Dr. Johanna Zea-Hernandez. Overall how many patients do you have in the pediatric department and what are you seeing since the latest modulator came about in 2019?
(Laura did have a cold through this podcast).
John Schuen serves as division chief of Pediatric Aerodigestive Specialties at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Schuen provides medical care of children with complex pulmonary, respiratory related problems and sleep disorders. He also serves as medical director of the pediatric sleep laboratory, center director of cystic fibrosis care center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.
After matriculating from Albion College, Dr. Schuen earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic and fellowship in pediatric pulmonology & sleep medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospitals.
Dr. Schuen has been a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the American Thoracic Society. He serves on statewide and national committees devoted to advancing lung health in children such as the Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screen Task Force as well as the Center Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CF Care Center is also a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network as well as the Therapeutic Development Network. The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital CF Care center also collaborates with Michigan State University to create and foster new research in their new Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Program.
The Pediatric Pulmonary section recently launched the system’s first Pediatric Pulmonary fellowship program and currently has two wonderful fellows. He chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Center Committee for two consecutive terms during the pandemic and is ex officio of Spectrum Health West Michigan’s Medical Group Committee of the Board. He has published multiple original journal articles, book chapters, reviews as well as delivered dozens of invited talks devoted to advancing the state of the art in child’s lung and sleep health.