The Department of Pulmonary Medicine treats patients suffering from diseases of the lungs and respiratory system with the goal of improving patients' day-to-day function and quality of life.

Christie Clinic’s state-of-the-art Pulmonary Function Lab provides complete pulmonary function studies, including pre- and post-bronchodilator studies, lung volumes, resistance to airways, and diffusion capacity.

Seeing a pulmonologist is crucial for individuals experiencing symptoms related to lung health or respiratory issues. Recognizing when to seek the expertise of a pulmonologist is essential for the timely diagnosis and management of respiratory conditions.

Individuals experiencing persistent coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest pain should see a pulmonologist. These symptoms may indicate underlying respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, pneumonia, or pulmonary fibrosis, requiring specialized evaluation and treatment.

Those with a history of smoking or exposure to environmental pollutants should undergo regular screenings and consultations with a pulmonologist. Smoking is a leading cause of lung cancer and respiratory diseases, and early detection through pulmonary evaluations can significantly improve treatment outcomes and prognosis.

Additionally, individuals with pre-existing medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, heart disease, or immunodeficiency disorders may experience respiratory complications that warrant consultation with a pulmonologist. Pulmonologists are skilled in assessing and managing complex respiratory issues in patients with underlying medical conditions, optimizing their respiratory health and overall well-being.

Those with sleep-related breathing disorders such as sleep apnea or insomnia should consider seeking evaluation and treatment from a pulmonologist. These conditions can significantly impact sleep quality, daytime functioning, and overall health, and specialized interventions from a pulmonologist can help improve sleep outcomes and quality of life.

Moreover, individuals experiencing acute or chronic respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or tuberculosis, should promptly consult a pulmonologist for proper diagnosis and management. Pulmonologists can perform diagnostic tests, interpret imaging studies, and prescribe appropriate medications or therapies to treat respiratory infections effectively.

If you experience any of the above issues, talk to your primary care provider about a referral to the Christie Clinic Department of Pulmonary Medicine.