The branch of medicine that deals with the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases affecting the lungs. Pulmonary medicine deals with many diseases and conditions, including: ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung transplants, occupational lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary tuberculosis, sarcoidosis of the lungs, and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Pulmonary medicine is also sometimes called pulmonology which is the science concerned with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lungs. Faculty members are board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. We also have physicians who specialize in interventional pulmonary medicine. Members of the faculty work closely with physicians in cardiothoracic surgery and pathology to provide comprehensive care.
Clinical ProgramsA large number of clinical programs have been established to address the diversity of the diseases and disorders of the respiratory tract. The Section provides consultative care to all adult inpatient services and primary care in the Intensive Care Units at Suguna Hospital. It also runs a large outpatient program out of the Chest Clinic that includes subspecialty programs in a variety of chest disorders.
- A Management of patients requiring chronic respiratory support (long-term invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation, chronic oxygen therapy, tracheostomies)
- Respiratory disease range from mild and self-limiting such as a common cold to life threatening such as a bacterial pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. Respiratory doctors specialize in the treatment of lung diseases, difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, chest pain, wheezing and diagnosing lung cancer.
- Pulmonary medicine doctors deal with disease conditions including adult respiratory distress syndrome, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, lung transplants, occupational lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary tuberculosis, sarcoidosis of the lungs, tumors of the lungs, severe acute respiratory syndrome.
- Our services include full pulmonary function testing, fiberoptic bronchoscopy and intensive care consultation for critically ill patients who require ventilator support.