Asthma Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 25.7 million people in the United States (one in twelve adults and one in eleven children) were living with asthma in 2010. Women, children, people w ho are Black, Latino,, or of mixed race, and those living in poverty are at particular risk.

In the Bronx, nearly six percent of the population suffers from asthma—the highest rate in New York City.

The Montefiore Asthma Center opened in June 2011 to deliver comprehensive, consistent, and targeted patient care for patients with the most complex cases of severe and refractory asthma. The Asthma Center's mission—to improve asthma control, patient symptoms, and prevent emergency department visits and hospital admissions through proactive outpatient management—is accomplished by bringing together in a single location pediatric and adult pulmonologists and allergists, as well as a physician assistant who serves as an asthma patient educator.


Patients may be referred to the Asthma Center by a specialist or primary care physician or may be selected based on their medical utilization history.

The Asthma Center Experience

Upon arrival at the Asthma Center, each patient meets with a specially trained nurse, who conducts an in-depth evaluation of how the patient's disease developed, previous diagnostic tests and interventions, and successful therapies and/or exacerbating factors (including home, school, and work environments).

Over the course of the first two visits, each patient is seen by an allergist, pulmonologist, and asthma-specialist patient educator.

For example:

  • The allergist conducts a diagnostic assessment including allergy skin testing and makes recommendations based on environmental and immunological aspects of the disease. The patient educator then provides one-on-one social and lifestyle counseling, reviewing and explaining the physicians' recommendations, and creating a strategy to allergen-proof the patient's home.
  • The pulmonologist conducts additional diagnostic tests to identify or rule out the possibility of another breathing condition, and formulates a comprehensive care plan, recommending patients for innovative immunotherapy and biologic immunomodulators when appropriate. The patient educator then meets with the patient to demonstrate appropriate methods for taking prescribed medications, particularly devices such as inhalers.

The Asthma Center team compiles extensive documentation of the patient's environmental history, skin testing results, pulmonary function test results, and summary of the diagnosis, actions, and recommendations of both the allergist and pulmonologist. This documentation is shared electronically with referring physicians for follow-up.

Medical Co-Directors

Krystal L. Cleven

Krystal L. Cleven, MD

Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Sunit Jariwala

Sunit Jariwala, MD

Division of Allergy & Immunology

Adult Clinical Team

Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis, MSN, RN, NP-BC

Division of Pulmonary Medicine

The Asthma team can be reached at the following location for appointments and consultations:

Medical Arts Pavilion
3400 Bainbridge Avenue,
2nd Floor
Bronx, NY 10467
866-633-8255 (MED-TALK)

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