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Rady Children's Specialists

Cystic Fibrosis/ Gastroenterology Clinic

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes build-up of thick, sticky mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. As most patients with CF experience pancreatic insufficiency and some patients have CF-related liver disease, constipation, failure to thrive, abdominal pain, and distal intestinal obstruction syndrome, they require multidisciplinary care.

To help these patients acheive the best possible outcomes, Mary Abigail Garcia, M.D., (gastroenterologist) and the CF pulmonary care team developed the Cystic Fibrosis/Gastroenterology Clinic, which combines the care provided by the Cystic Fibrosis Center and our Gastroenterology division. The Cystic Fibrosis Center is a CF Foundation-accredited center, which sees children from southern California, Arizona and Mexico.

Along with gastroenterology and CF pulmonary specialists, the Cystic Fibrosis/Gastroenterology Clinic includes nutrition, social work and nursing.

The clinic is held every 3rd Thursday morning of the month. For more information, please call 858-966-5846 and ask to speak to our CF care coordinator.



Mary Abigail Garcia, M.D.

Meerana Lim, M.D.

Kathryn Akong, M.D., Ph.D.


Yolanda Perez, R.N.

Social Work

Laurie Brust, M.S.W.


Sandra Salzedo, R.D.