Pulmonary Medicine is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine and requires additional training to qualify as a specialist in Pulmonary Diseases beyond the several years of Internal Medicine training that is the basis for the specialty. Pulmonary doctors are trained to diagnose and treat any number of disorders that involve the respiratory system. In fact, most pulmonary doctors are trained and boarded (special training and passing rigorous testing) in multiple specialties including Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.
Common diseases that are seen and evaluated by pulmonary doctors include COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, lung cancers, pleural effusions, pneumonias, cough, shortness of breath, coughing blood, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, allergies, chest pains, and a number of other similar problems.
Pulmonary physicians use a variety of procedures to help in the evaluation and treatment of these problems. Some are office based, such as thoracentesis (draining fluid from the chest cavity) or rhinoscopy/layngoscopy (looking at the nose, sinuses, and vocal cords), and some are hospital procedures, such as bronchoscopy or other invasive or interventional procedures. Our physicians are well trained in all common diagnostic procedures and perform many that are cutting edge, bringing many of the latest techniques to the area. This has included LASER bronchoscopy, photodynamic therapy, endobronchial brachytherapy, endobronchial ultrasound, and auto-fluorescent bronchoscopy.