William B. Wheeler, M.D.

Specialty: Pediatric Pulmonology & Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Education

Fellowship
    • Pediatric Pulmonology & Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Medical Center/Harvard Medical School—Boston, Massachusetts
Internship/residency
    • Pediatrics, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center—Memphis, Tennessee
Medical school
    • University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences—Memphis, Tennessee
Undergraduate
    • Vanderbilt University—Nashville, Tennessee

Professional interests

  • Management of infants and children with chronic respiratory failure , especially bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Care of infants with apnea, ALTE, or central hypoventilation syndromes
  • Care of children with thoracic insufficiency/thoracic dystrophy 4.Applications of pediatric bronchoscopy
  • Advances in high–tech homecare/simulation training
  • Lung function testing in infants and children
  • Diagnosis and pulmonary care of children with neurologic/neuromuscular disorders
  • Innovative strategies for delivering ongoing care through technology/telemedicine
  • Clinical research in outcomes of pediatric homecare and hospital readmissions for children with high-risk disorders.

Directorships

  • Medical Director of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Diagnostics, CHC MPLS
  • Medical Director of Infant Apnea and Home Monitoring Program, CHC MPLS
  • Medical Director of Outpatient Pulmonology Clinics, CRCCS

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Publications

  • Wheeler W, Maguire E, Kurachek S, et al: Chronic respiratory failure of infancy and childhood: Clinical outcomes based on underlying etiology. Pediatr. Pulmonol. 1994; 17: 1-5.
  • Wheeler, WB, Williams M, Matthews WJ, and Colten HR: Progression of cystic fibrosis lung disease as a function of serum immunoglobulin G levels, A five year longitudinal study. Journal of Pediatrics, 104: 695, 1984.
  • Wheeler W, Kurachek S, Fulmer C : Outcomes of ICU patients admitted with apparent life-threatening events (ALTE). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;175, A 96.
  • Wheeler, WB, Castile RG, Brown ER, and Wohl MEB: Pulmonary function in survivors of prematurity. American Review of Respiratory Disease, 129: A218, 1984.
  • Wheeler W, McNamara J, Kurachek S, Fugate J, et al: Respiratory health following chronic ventilator dependent bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 157: A 375, 1998.
  • Wheeler W, Kurachek S, Lobas J, and Einzig M: Acute hypoxemic respiratory failure caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and diagnosed by flexible bronchoscopy. Am. Rev. Resp. Dis. 1990; 142: 471-473.
  • Wheeler, W.B., Kurachek, S., McNamara, J. et al: Consequences of hypogammaglobulinemia and corticosteroid therapy in severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pediatr. Pulmonol. 1996; 22: 96-100.
  • Carolan, P., Wheeler, W., Ross, J., Kemp, R. Potential to prevent carbon dioxide rebreathing of commercial products marketed to reduce sudden infant death syndrome risk. Pediatrics. 2000; 105:774-779.

Bill lives in Minnetonka with his wife Roberta. They have 5 grown children in various stages of young adulthood. In his spare time Bill enjoys exercising, reading, and gardening, and is an avid baseball and softball fan. He and Roberta maintain an active faith life.