Pulmonary medicine is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory tract. Pulmonology often involves taking care of patients who need life support and mechanical ventilation.
The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is a group of physicians and scientists caring for patients who have diseases related to lungs and breathing.
Who is A pulmonologist?
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary (lung) conditions and diseases of the chest, particularly pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and complicated chest infections.
Lung diseases are some of the most common medical conditions in the world. Tens of millions of people suffer from lung disease in the U.S. Smoking, infections, and genetics are responsible for most lung diseases.
The lungs are part of a complex apparatus, expanding and relaxing thousands of times each day to bring in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Lung disease can result from problems in any part of this system.
This department provides state-of-the-art clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services to patients with health problems such as:
- Acute and chronic pulmonary emboli
- Emphysema, including lung volume reduction surgery
- Hepatopulmonary syndrome
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Lung transplantation
- Granulomatous lung diseases
- Portopulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary vascular diseases
- Tuberculous and nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease
- Fungal infections of the lung
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s granulomatosis)
It also helps in the diagnosis and treatment of patients including:
- Pulmonary Function Laboratory
- Center for Sleep Medicine
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
- Critical Care Service
- Bronchoscopy Service