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Changing the Way America Cares for Children with Asthma

Kevin Murphy, M.D., Allergist and Pediatric Pulmonologist at Boys Town National Research Hospital, gave the keynote presentation at the American Lung Association’s Richard Cushing, M.D., Memorial Medical Lecture in Minneapolis on May 7, 2019. His presentation, A New Era in Asthma Management in Preschool Children, focused on the updated guidelines for uncontrollable asthma in children called the Pediatric Asthma Yard Stick, which he co-authored and co-developed with nine physicians and researchers across the country in 2018.

“It’s an honor to be selected among my peers to present at the Richard Cushing Memorial Lecture,” said Dr. Murphy. “This was a wonderful opportunity to share the new guidelines in asthma care to an influential group of physicians and providers who will help disseminate this information and provide the latest, most innovative care for children with uncontrollable asthma.”

The lecture is an invitation-only event for pulmonary and allergy physicians and healthcare professionals in the asthma community. Keynote speakers are experts chosen based on their contributions to the field of allergy and asthma.

Dr. Richard Cushing is known for founding Camp Superkids, a week-long camp to help build self-esteem and confidence in kids with asthma while educating them and their families on how to better manage their disease. The camp first opened in Minnesota and has since expanded to Nebraska and South Dakota.

Dr. Murphy was president of the American Lung Association – Nebraska Chapter and was involved in the Nebraska Camp Superkids. He is nationally recognized for contributions to the Pediatric Asthma Yard Stick and for his position as the lead author of the TRACK tool, which is used to assess asthma control in children under 5 years of age. The TRACK tool has been translated in several languages for global accessibility.

We congratulate Dr. Murphy on his recognition as an expert in pediatric asthma and for his ongoing commitment to help change the way America cares for children and families.