Gail Brottman, MD

Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Brottman works in and out of the hospital to help parents manage their kids’ asthma and keep her community healthy.

Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children, but with the right care, it can be well-managed. Yet, low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities experience more emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthma than the general population. Dr. Gail Brottman is working hard to change that.

“There are many factors that are important in good asthma control,” Dr. Brottman says. “It’s not just taking your inhaler.” If a family lives somewhere with mold or bad air quality, that can really make or break their ability to control their condition. Dr. Brottman worked on a seven-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) grant project where she helped low-income families successfully manage their asthma.

Dr. Brottman recently received the Bernard V. Gregory Award from the American Lung Association, recognizing her important work with diverse populations. And she was also nominated as a Hospital Hero by Ashley P. for going above and beyond in and outside the hospital.

“She has taken time out of her busy schedule to do home visits for pediatric patients who are chronically ill, and who have an increased risk of illness by having appointments at a hospital or clinic.”

Ashley P.

Dr. Brottman believes everyone deserves great health care, no matter who they are or where they live. She’s most proud when the parents she works with feel more confident that they can take better care of their child. “I get a lot of thank you notes from my families. It can’t get much better than that, as far as I’m concerned,” she says.

Thank you, Dr. Brottman, for making a difference in the lives of so many children and families!