Pulmonology

Louisville Pulmonology

Pulmonologist Louisville

Thousands of people each year suffer from ailments associated with the lungs. In Kentucky, lung problems are particularly prevalent because of the state’s high number of smokers, high rate of allergy sufferers, and occupational lung diseases.  Look no further for your experts in lung health than the doctors of UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care, formerly known as University Medical Associates. We’ll help you to breathe easy again.

Our Louisville pulmonologists, also known as chest medicine specialists or respiratory medicine doctors, are nationally respected for their expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of critical care conditions, pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders.

UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care offers Kentucky’s most comprehensive care for all lung conditions. Our pulmonologists in Louisville have the expertise and resources to diagnose and treat the most difficult cases, including pneumonia, asthma, COPD/emphysema, chronic cough, lung cancer (one of Kentucky’s chief killers), interstitial lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, occupational lung disease, and pulmonary infections including tuberculosis.  We also diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care can serve as consultants to primary care and other physicians or provide long-term care to patients with these chronic conditions.

We have the regions only fellowship trained interventional pulmonologist.

Our mission is to deliver outstanding, state-of-the-art medical care to our patients, with the goal of improving quality of life, as well as preserving and restoring respiratory and sleep health.

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Pulmonologist in LouisvilleLung health problems we care for are:

  • COPD or emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Interstitial lung diseases, known as pulmonary fibrosis or sarcoidosis
  • Patients who have had a complaint of cough for 3 weeks or more,  a so-called chronic cough
  • Lung nodules, or spots on the lung, which could indicate lung cancer or other problems
  • Lung cancer
  • Respiratory impairment work-ups when people complain of shortness of breath without an explanation
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Lung transplantation
  • Interventional pulmonary procedures including airway stents, laser treatment, navigational bronchoscopy, EBUS, transtracheal oxygen, etc.

Some of the most common symptoms of lung problems include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or dyspnea
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest wall pain or pleurisy

COPD

COPD, also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that COPD is often preventable and treatable. UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care runs one of the most successful and comprehensive COPD Disease Management Programs in the state of Kentucky.

Asthma

For those with difficult to treat asthma, we were the first to bring in bronchial thermoplasty treatments to our patients.  The Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System is the first non-pharmacological treatment for adults with severe, persistent asthma who don’t respond to standard medical interventions. Bronchial thermoplasty complements current asthma maintenance medications by providing long-lasting control and improving asthma-related quality of life for patients. UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care is the first physicians practice in Kentucky to offer these treatments.

Interventional Pulmonology

This UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care program provides multiple services for individuals with a wide variety of airway disorders. It is a collaborative effort between multiple specialists to provide individuals with access to the newest technologies available for minimally invasive procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of lung disorders. These procedures include: biopsies of abnormal lungs and enlarged lymph nodes; early diagnosis and/or treatment of lung cancer; relief of airway obstructions; treatment of severe asthma; and oxygen therapy.

Cystic Fibrosis

The UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care Adult Cystic Fibrosis program is dedicated to the management of patients with Cystic Fibrosis and the study of conditions affecting this population. We are one of only 2 fully accredited adult cystic fibrosis programs in Kentucky certified by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, visit the UofL Dept. of Medicine Cystic Fibrosis page.

Lung Cancer Screening

Low-Dose CT for early detection of lung cancer is intended for patients with an elevated risk of lung cancer. Results from the National Lung Screening Trial, which included more than 53,000 people, were reported in June 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that heavy smokers and former smokers who had CT imaging were 20 percent less likely to die of lung cancer than smokers who got traditional chest X-rays. Our Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening meets the gold standard for lung cancer diagnosis.  To find out if this test is right for you please read our lung cancer screening questions.

Lung nodules and lung cancer

We have the only physician in the region who is fellowship trained in interventional pulmonology.  Our interventional pulmonologist is using the latest state-of-the-art technology to help evaluate lung nodules.  This technology uses navigational bronchoscopy equipment to direct exactly where to go in the lung to perform biopsies. This helps minimize any risks to the patient and many times can eliminate the need for surgery.

Lung Transplant

Our two lung transplant pulmonologists and lung transplant surgeons seeks to improve the quality of life of patients with end-stage lung disease by providing state-of-the-art care driven by compassion and supported with innovative research. The Lung Transplant Program is a joint program between UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care and Jewish Hospital, with UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care serving as medical director for the program.  The combined efforts of our physicians and Jewish Hospital transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers, physical therapists, and other staff enable the lung transplant program to excel in providing attentive care for patients with end-stage lung disease by providing pre-operative management consultation, assessment for transplantation and post-operative management.

Interstitial Lung Disease / lung fibrosis

Our physician experts manage diffuse lung diseases that injure and scar the structures of the lung that are critical for gas exchange. We have one of the finest ILD groups of physicians in the Midwest region.  Our clinical center of excellence is one of only a handful of federally funded ILD centers in the country.  Patients in or near Louisville no longer have to travel to other states or centers to see ILD specialists.

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a complex lung disease requiring the care and oversight of a team of specialists. The mission of the UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care Hypertension Center is to provide diagnosis and long-term care to patients and their families. The method of treatment for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is individualized for each patient. Treatment options can include: oxygen to replace low levels in the blood; diuretics to rid body of excess fluids, which reduces swelling; oral and inhaled therapy to manage disease; surgery to remove blood clots; and transplant evaluation/surgery to replace heart or lungs

Critical care medicine

Patients who require intensive care following an infection, major surgery or severe breathing problems receive close, constant attention from a team of specially trained professionals. These patients often require support for hemodynamic instability, respiratory compromise, cardiac dysrhythmias, and multiple organ system failure. Services we provide include: advanced cardiac life support; chest tubes; pulmonary artery catheterization; and ventilator management.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

UofL Physicians-Pulmonary/Critical Care also has several satellite clinic locations. We see lung transplant patients at the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Transplant Center. For the convenience of our Indiana patients, we recently opened an office in Southern Indiana. We also see patients at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Offices and Clinics

  • Main office:
    401 E. Chestnut St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-813-6500
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  • AIM Clinic, Ambulatory Care Building
    550 S. Jackson St.
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-561-8686
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  • 333 E Market St, 6th Floor
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-562-3792
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  • Jewish Hospital Lung Transplant Clinic
    201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1001
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-587-4780
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Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Louisville Hospital
  • Jewish Hospital
  • Norton Hospitals
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Frazier Rehab Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital

We have recruited pulmonologists from some of the finest pulmonary training programs in the country -- including Duke University, Washington University, Emory University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh -- to provide our patients with outstanding clinical care. In addition to general pulmonary medicine, each of our pulmonologists has a particular area of sub-specialty that they are renowned for on a regional, national, and in some cases international, level.

As part of the UofL Physicians team, our pulmonologists frequently meet with other UofL Physicians specialists to evaluate and discuss our patients’ treatment.  These specialists include chest radiologists, lung pathologists, rheumatologists, allergists, cardiothoracic surgeons and radiation and thoracic oncologists.

We have the only group of pulmonologists with sub-specialty expertise in various forms of advanced lung disease.  Not only does this involve clinical care of advanced lung disease but also includes nationally funded clinical research programs designed to better improve clinical care and understanding.

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000