Karen Hardy, MD
Oakland Magazine Best East Bay Doctors 2007-2010
Director, Division of Pulmonology Medicine
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Medical Director, Children's Hospital Oakland Sleep Lab, Respiratory Therapy
Director, Bay Area Pediatric Pulmonary Medical Corporation
Residency: Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Fellowship: Pedicatric Pulmonology, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia
Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Language(s): English, German
Karen Hardy, MD, has expertise in the area of pediatric pulmonology, and clinical research and trials for asthma and cystic fibrosis patients. For her expertise, she was named one of the Bay Area’s “Best Doctors” in 2004 and 2005 by San Francisco magazine. Dr. Hardy is a nationally renowned physician, repeatedly invited to lecture on respiratory topics. She is comfortable discussing topics related to pediatric pulmonology, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, tracheotomies, bronchiolititis, and any and all congenital airway abnormalities found in infants and young children.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disorder, affecting about 6.5 million children under 18 in the United States. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under 15. In 2004, 641,242 emergency room visits were due to asthma in those under 15. It is the leading cause of school absenteeism.
Source: American Lung Association
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder currently affecting more than 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. About 1,000 babies with the disease are born each year, meaning about 1 of every 25 people in the United States carries the gene and about 1 of every 3,700 babies born has the disease. CF affects the normal movement of salt (sodium chloride) in and out of certain cells. As a result, the lungs of affected children fill with thick secretions that block the breathing passageways and lead to recurrent infections and damage to the lungs. In most patients, secretions retained in the pancreas block the flow of digestive enzymes, causing poor absorption of food and vitamins, which leads to poor nutrition and growth.
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