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MUSC Health provides a full-service cystic fibrosis center built to tend to the needs of our patients with CF and their families, providing education and research in addition to clinical care. We strive to meet our vision - to be the leader in helping CF patients live longer and live better.



Patrick Flume, MD

Patrick Flume, MD, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center


Virella Lowell, MD

Virella Lowell, MD, Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center



Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

The objectives of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at MUSC Health are to offer unsurpassed care to patients with cystic fibrosis, to teach medical students, house staff, medical care providers and general public about cystic fibrosis and to learn about cystic fibrosis through clinical and laboratory research.

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Program

The Cystic Fibrosis Center at MUSC Children's Hospital offers unsurpassed care to cystic fibrosis patients, through educating their families and the general public about cystic fibrosis, and discovering new facets of the disease through clinical and laboratory research. Learn more about the program.



Our center has a vigorous research program ranging from basic science to clinical trials of new therapies.  We are a proud member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Network. The centers of the TDN work together to perform investigations of therapies contained within the pipeline developed specifically for patients with CF. These studies are done under the supervision of the CF physicians (Flume and Virella-Lowell) and are managed by our research coordinators. If you are interested in participating in any of these studies, or have questions about them, please contact us at (843) 792-4349.

Meet the Research Team


Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones
Research Coordinator


Ester Cummings

Ester Cummings
Research Coordinator


Elizabeth Poindexter

Elizabeth Poindexter
Research Coordinator


Scheduling Information:

Appointments require a referral from the patient's current physician. Please have the physician contact us directly at:

Appts:  (843) 792-0729

Fax:     (843) 876-2057



Rutledge Tower - 5th Floor
135 Rutledge Tower
Charleston, SC 29403


Hours of Operation:

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.