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Bruce G Nickerson, MD

Dr. Nickerson has staff privileges at CHOC Orange


Special Interests:
Cystic fibrosis, preschool asthma, fiberoptic bronchoscopy

Research Focus:
New therapies for cystic fibrosis, noninvasive measurement of gas exchange, and treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

CHOC Children's Specialists
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Suite 201
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 509-8622
fax: (714) 509-3601
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CHOC Children’s Specialty Center - Newport Beach
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Newport Beach, CA 92663
phone: (949) 631-3603
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Physician / Researcher Bio

With over 20 years of experience treating pediatric pulmonary conditions, Dr. Nickerson's research interests include new therapies for cystic fibrosis, inhaled antibiotics, noninvasive measurements of gas exchange, asthma, and chronic lung disease of prematurity. Dr. Nickerson has special expertise in treating cystic fibrosis and providing fiberoptic bronchoscopy. He has a strong interest in working with children with tracheostomies, preschool asthma, and sleep problems.

An internationally-recognized expert in pediatric pulmonology, Dr. Nickerson has published in numerous journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest and the Journal of Applied Physiology. He was on the founding editorial board of Pediatric Pulmonology. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums nationally and internationally.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Nickerson is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, and neonatal perinatal medicine. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Nickerson attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed both his residency and internship through the University of Arizona in Tucson and served his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Recognized for his leadership and expertise, Dr. Nickerson is consistently voted as one of Orange County’s Top Doctors by the Orange County Medical Association.

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair, Pulmonary Medicine, CHOC Children's
  • Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, CHOC Children's
  • Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, CHOC Children's
  • Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center, CHOC Children's
  • Director, Sleep Laboratory, CHOC Children's
  • Division Chief, Pulmonology, CHOC Children's Specialists
  • Director, Chronic Care Unit, Whittier Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC Irvine


  • Medical School
    UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pediatrics Residency
    University of Arizona
  • Neonatal Respiratory Disease Fellowship
    Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
    American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Organizations

  • American Thoracic Society
  • Western Consortium of CF Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Published Works

Largent, PHD, Nickerson, Bruce, MD, Cooper, Dan MD, Delfino, Ralph J, MD Phd. Paediatric Asthma Hospital Utilization Varies by Demographic Factors and Area Socioeconomic Status. Public Health in press, April 2012.

Schechter MS, MCColley SA, Regelmann W, Millar SJ, Pasta DJ, Wagener JS, Konstan MW, Morgan WJ; Investigators and Coordinators of the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis. Socioeconomic status and the likelihood of antibiotic treatment for signs and symptoms of pulmonary exacerbation in children with cystic fibrosis. J Pediatr. 2011 Nov:159(5):819-824.e1. Epub 2011 Jun 25

Geller DE, Flume PA, Staab D, Fischer R, Loutit JS, Conrad DJ: Mpex 204 Study Group. Levofloxacin inhalation solution (MP-376) in patients with cystic fibrosis with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. AM J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 June; 183(11):1510-6, Epub 2011 Feb 25.

Schechter MS, McColley SA, Silva S, Haselkorn T, Konstan MW, Wagener JS: Investigators and Coordinators of the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis: North American Scientific Advisory Group for ESCF. Association of socioeconomic status with the use of chronic therapies and healthcare utilization in children with cystic fibrosis. J Pediatr. 2009 Nov;155(5):634-9.e1-4. Epub 2009 Jul 16

Delfino, RJ, Chang J, Wu J, Ren C, Tjoa T, Nickerson B, Cooper D, Gillen DL Repeated hospital encounters for asthma in children and exposure to traffic-related air pollution near the home. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009 Feb;102(2):138-44

Chang J, Delfino RJ, Gillen D, Tjoa T, Nickerson B, Cooper D Repeated respiratory hospital encounters among children with asthma and residential proximity to traffic. Occup Environ Med. 2009 Feb; 66(2):90-8.
Book Chapters

Nickerson BG: The Lung in Sickle Cell Disease. Chapter in Kendig’s Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, 6th Ed. Edited by Victor Chernick, and Thomas Boat. WB Saunders. 2010

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