Dr. Leigh is a pediatric pulmonologist who is a leading researcher and specialist in rare lung disorders, such as primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and cystic fibrosis. She is an expert in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of PCD in children and is a founding member of the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium, which collaborates in diagnostic testing, genetic studies and clinical trials in patients with inherited impairments in mucociliary clearance. Her work in this area has focused on: 1) improving diagnostic testing for patients with inherited airway disease; 2) enhancing understanding of how these and similar disorders cause progressive lung involvement; and 3) developing new and effective treatments for lung disease. Dr. Leigh has also been the leader for several quality improvement measures at UNC’s Cystic Fibrosis Center as well as outside, collaborative centers in order to enhance clinical care and to improve patient outcomes.
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