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St. Christopher’s Physician Accepts Unsung Hero Recognition

Dr. Laurie Varlotta presented with 2015 Unsung Hero from Wishes & Dreams for Cystic Fibrosis.

Philadelphia, PA, April 10, 2015 --( Laurie Varlotta, MD, attending pediatric pulmonology physician and medical director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, has accepted the 2015 Unsung Heroes recognition from Wishes & Dreams for Cystic Fibrosis.

According to, Wishes & Dreams for Cystic Fibrosis works to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Unsung Heroes is a program that recognizes the achievements of people who have done extraordinary things to make a difference in the lives of patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and in the fight to cure and control CF and improve the quality of life for people living with CF. The 2015 Unsung Heroes include medical professionals, volunteers, CF patients and family members.

Board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology, Dr. Varlotta received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She completed a residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, followed by a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Varlotta, who currently resides in Montgomery County, PA, has been at St. Christopher’s since 1992 and has served as the director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at St. Christopher’s since 1999. She is involved in a number of clinical research studies, including multi-center trials involving individuals with CF.

She is a past member of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Center Committee, Quality Improvement Consortium for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Newborn Screening Group, CFF National Newborn Screening Quality Initiative (SIP) Consortium and Quality Improvement Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Varlotta is also a member of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Technical Advisory Board for Newborn Screening and a board member of the Delaware Valley Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Chapter.

“I’m honored to be recognized as a 2015 Unsung Hero,” says Dr. Varlotta. “I’m among a group of people who are taking great strides in raising awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and improving the quality of life of those who are living with it.”
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