Pulmonary and Critical Care

Body System Location: Lungs and Breathing

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine supports patient needs related to lungs, breathing, sleep, and critical care management in the intensive care unit. Our specialists diagnose and treat patients across a wide range of pulmonary diseases and disorders. For patients in both inpatient or outpatient care, we provide advanced assessments and interventions to achieve the best possible health outcomes.

Conditions and Services

  • Sleep disorders
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Sleep disturbances from chronic neuromuscular conditions
  • Chronic noninvasive ventilatory support for neuromuscular diseases and selected patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Full-facemask BIPAP
    • Rocking bed
    • Iron-lung support
  • Asthma
    • Acute and chronic management
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Acute and chronic management
  • Interstitial lung disease
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis and invasive fungal infections of the lung
  • Management of critically ill patients in medical ICU
    • Sepsis
    • Poisoning
    • Thromboembolic disease
  • Acute respiratory failure requiring ventilatory support
    • ARDS
    • Asthma

Advanced Treatment Procedures

  • Fiber-optic bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Metabolic studies
  • Metabolic exercise testing (VO2 max)
  • Diagnostic sleep studies
  • Needle biopsy of pleura
  • Thoracoscopic pleural and open-lung biopsies, mediastinoscopy, and traditional open-lung biopsies, obtained as needed in consultation with the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Mechanical ventilatory support, including high-frequency jet ventilation