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Department of Pulmonary Medicine

The Department of Pulmonary Medicine is a group of physicians and scientists who provide comprehensive consultative evaluation and management for patients with pulmonary disease associated with cancer, critically ill patients or the workup of undiagnosed lung abnormalities.
 
We provide state of the art clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to patients with health problems such as:

  • Asthma
  • Acute and chronic pulmonary emboli
  • Emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Granulomatous lung diseases
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Fungal infections of the lung
  • Sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders

Physicians in this group have unique expertise in managing pulmonary diseases associated with:

  • Immunosuppression
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Bone marrow transplantation

In addition, the Section of Interventional Pulmonology is comprised of physicians that have special expertise in:

  • Benign and Malignant Tracheobronchial Strictures
  • Endobronchial Tumors
  • Hemoptysis
  • Endobronchial Stents
  • Endobronchial Laser applications
  • Endobronchial Argon Plasma Electrocoagulation
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Pleuroscopy
  • Indwelling Pleural Catheter placement
  • Pleurodesis

Members of the department participate actively in early detection and  lung cancer chemoprevention trials, trials to reduce lung injury due to radiation, as well as studies of pulmonary complications associated with bone marrow transplantation.

Patient care and research are closely integrated to provide the best care possible for our patients and advance the science of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Strategic Direction

Optimize the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of pulmonary disorders in cancer patients through research-driven clinical care and basic research, while training the next generation of pulmonary clinicians and scientists.

Principal Mission Areas

  1. Diagnosis and management of malignant pleural effusion
  2. Diagnosis and management of malignant airway obstruction
  3. Diagnosis and management of infectious pneumonia
  4. Diagnosis and management of lung injury from cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, BMT)
  5. Lung cancer prevention/early detection/staging
  6. Improvement of exercise performance to better tolerate treatment and to have a good quality of life after treatment
  7. Mitigation of fatigue and disordered sleep associated with cancer and cancer treatment
  8. Helping patients survive critical illness resulting from cancer and cancer treatment

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