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About Dr. Boas


Dr. Steven R. Boas received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Boston City Hospital and Nassau County Medical Center in New York and his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology, he has received awards from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his research with children with CF.

Dr. Boas serves on the medical staff at many of the area’s top rated medical centers.  These include:

  • Alexian Brothers Medical Center
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital
  • NorthShore University Health System
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • St. Alexius Medical Center
  • Edward Hospital
  • Lake Forest Hospital
  • Northwest Community Hospital

Leadership Roles

Dr. Boas has been sought out by doctors throughout the Chicagoland area for his superior expertise as a pediatric pulmonologist specializing in the care of patients with asthma, cystic fibrosis, and exercise related breathing difficulties. Additionally, he has participated in leadership roles for local, national, and international committees and organizations.


The Cystic Fibrosis Institute

Chairman, Board of Directors

Cystic Fibrosis Exercise Working Group



American Association of Respiratory Care

Appointed to Board of Medical Advisors – AAP Liaison

Past Chair, BOMA

Past Board of Directors

American Academy of Pediatrics

Past Executive Committee – Pediatric Pulmonology

North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine

Past Board of Directors


Dr. Eric Whitaker Former Illinois Department of Public Health Director & Dr. Boas during the announcement of Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis in Illinois.

Invited Speaker

National Society Conferences

Dr. Boas and his team have been asked to present their research and give seminars at various national and international meetings.

  •          American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and   Immunology
  •          American Academy of Pediatrics
  •          American College of Sports Medicine
  •          American Physical Therapy Association
  •          American Thoracic Society
  •          Chicago Thoracic Society
  •          Illinois Department of Public Health
  •          Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  •          Infectious Disease Society
  •          March of Dimes
  •          North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference
  •          North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine
  •          The Voice Foundation – Chicago
  •          World Asthma Meeting


Invited Lecturer

Dr. Boas has been asked to lecture on various pulmonary topics such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and exercise-related disorders by many renowned hospitals both in Chicago and across the country.

  •          Alexian Brothers Medical Center
  •          Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  •          Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  •          Duke University
  •          Edward Hospital
  •          Evanston Hospital
  •          Hope Children’s Hospital
  •          Illinois Masonic Hospital
  •          Nassau County Medical Center
  •          Northwest Community Hospital
  •          Northwestern University
  •          Resurrection Hospital
  •          St. Alexius Medical Center
  •          St Joseph’s Hospital
  •          State University of New York at Syracuse
  •          Swedish American Hospital
  •          Swedish Covenant Hospital
  •          Thorek Hospital
  •          University of California – Irvine
  •          University of California – Los Angeles
  •          University of Chicago
  •          University of Kiel, Germany
  •          University of Pittsburgh
  •          University of Virginia
  •          Washington University


Professional Societies

  Active Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics – Fellow*
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Pulmonology Subsection – Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Sports Medicine Subsection – Member
  • American Association of Respiratory Care – Member
  • American College of Chest Physicians – Fellow
  • American College of Sports Medicine – Fellow
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute Subcommittee (Prior Committee Member)
  • European Cystic Fibrosis Society - Member
  • Illinois Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis Subcommittee – Member
  • North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine - Member
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Consortium of Private Practitioners – Accredited Member

*Becoming a Fellow in an organization requires a peer review process and signifies recognition from one’s peers


Dr. Boas has published in numerous peer-reviewed national and international medical journals.

Boas SR, Hageman J, Washburn J, Piasecki S, Liveris M. Improvement in quality of sweat testing: Results of a quality improvement program. Lab Medicine 2012.

Farrell P, Boas SR, Castellani C, et al. CLSI. Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis; Approved Guideline. CLSI document I/LA35-A. Wayne, PA: Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute; 2011.

Katz BZ, Boas SR, Shiraishi Y, Mears CJ, Taylor R. Exercise tolerance testing in a prospective cohort of adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome and recovered controls following infectious mononucleosis. J Pediatr 2010: 157:468-72.e1.

Wooldridge JL, Heubi JE, Amaro-Galvez R, Boas SR, et al. Eur-1008 Pancreatic enzyme replacement is safe and effective in patients with cystic fibrosis and pancreatic insufficiency. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 2009:8:405-417.

Boas SR, Hageman JR, Ho LT,  Liveris M. Very high-dose ergocalciferol effective for correcting vitamin D deficiency in children and young adults with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 2009:9:270-272.

Boas SR, The Evidence for Exercise. Pediatr Pulmonol 2008:S31:161-163.

Paridon SM, Alpert BS, Boas SR, et al. Clinical Stress Testing in the Pediatric Age Group. A Statement from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Committee on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in Youth. Circulation 2006:113:1-15.

Boas SR, Nevin MA. The role of exercise in the diagnosis and management of children with pulmonary disorders. Int Sports Med Journal 2001; 2(5).

Bare A, Vankoski SJ, Dias L, Danduran M, Boas SR. Independent ambulators with high sacral myelomenigocle: the relation between walking kinematics and energy consumption. Dev Med Chil Nerol 2001; 43 (1): 16-21.

Boas SR, Danduran MJ, McColley SA, McBride A, Crawford S, O’Gorman MRG. Post exercise immune correlates in children with and without cystic fibrosis. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2000; 32:1997-2004.

Boas SR, Danduran MJ, McColley SA. Energy metabolism during anaerobic exercise in children with cystic fibrosis and asthma. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1999; 31:1242-1249.

*This is a partial list of selected articles


Selected as Top Tier MD Pediatric Pulmonologist               

Patient’s Choice Award

Compassionate Doctor Award

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