Pulmonology & Respiratory Care
Solutions for peace of mind
The foundation of our care is our team of respiratory physicians that find the best solutions.
The team at Indiana University Health can provide expert treatment of any acute and chronic lung disorder, including pulmonary disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer, pulmonary infections, sleep disorders and asthma. We understand each patient requires individualized treatment, and we take the time necessary to determine how to treat a patient’s condition that best suits his/her lifestyle.
Our pulmonary & respiratory care physicians are specialists in diagnosing and treating breathing diseases and lung conditions, applying the newest technology and strategies to help you breath more easily. As the only U.S.News & World Report 2017-18 Best Hospitals nationally ranked program in the state, IU Health pulmonology, critical care and sleep specialists focus on education and rehabilitation to improve our patients' health and quality of life.
We offer comprehensive respiratory care to both inpatients and outpatients and continue to improve the quality of care for our patients in many ways, including:
- Over 3 million dollars in research funding in the areas of COPD, lung transplant, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, lung host defense, HIV infection and the respiratory microbiome.
- Focused outpatient clinics in cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, interstitial lung disease and allergy
- Intensive Care Unit with in-house coverage and the capability to treat complex transplant patients
- Multidisciplinary Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program combining medical treatment with education
- Among a select group of hospitals nationwide to earn Quality Respiratory Care Recognition under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.
IU Health’s comprehensive program of respiratory care is built on years of experience, resulting in the best possible treatment and care with ultimately better outcomes for all our patients.
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Pulmonology & Respiratory Care Treatment
IU Health Pulmonology & Respiratory Care provides comprehensive care for both inpatients and outpatients with pulmonary disease. Our respiratory therapists offer a number of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services for lung and respiratory system conditions, including:
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Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program strives to slow down and minimize progression of the debilitating symptoms in patients with chronic respiratory impairment by combining exercise with education, breathing retraining, and nutritional guidance. Individualized programs incorporate education and therapies to bring relief from a variety of pulmonary diseases such as asthma, COPD, bronchiectasis, or fibrosis. In addition, patients with lung cancer, lung transplantation, post-thoracic surgery, ventilator dependency and sleep apnea also utilize Pulmonary Rehabilitation services at IU Health in order to grow stronger both physically and emotionally.
Patients who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems, such as a chronic cough, need the advanced resources and technology to provide treatments that will not only work, but allow them to lead a normal, active life. Our physicians will perform the necessary breathing tests and diagnostic x-rays to determine how best to treat each individual case. We provide the medical therapy and education necessary for our patients to be fully informed how to self medicate and continue improving breathing patterns.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program allows our patients to receive the treatment and therapy necessary to manage COPD and other chronic lung diseases. Our researchers conduct COPD basic science research which provides our patients with the latest in treatment and knowledge of the disease. Patients with advanced COPD, or other chronic lung diseases, in need of a lung transplant can also receive the necessary treatment from the only lung transplant program in the state.
Critical and Intensive Care
We understand critical cases can happen anywhere. With this in mind, our critical care and pulmonary specialists are able to monitor several hundred intensive care unit (ICU) beds throughout five hospitals through our telemedicine, or an electronic ICU. This advanced technology allows our specialists to provide expert care to onsite specialists, allowing our patients to receive fully comprehensive care.
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is important to know there is a team of highly skilled physicians and specialists capable in providing fully comprehensive care. Our team of pulmonary specialists in collaboration with the Simon Cancer Center have the expertise and resources to provide patients with fully comprehensive cancer care.
When a patient is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung tissue) lung function can become increasingly difficult, and it’s cause is difficult to pinpoint. Our specialists are able to use advanced diagnostic methods and endoscopy to examine the lung and determine the extent of the scarring, then work with you to help treat the fibrosis through therapy and rehabilitation.
Various lung infections, including pneumonia, can cause a wide range of symptoms. Our specialists take the time to assess each symptom and identify the infection before determining a treatment to help fight the infection and accompany illnesses.
When hypertension occurs in the lungs, it causes other organs—mainly the heart—to work harder. Our highly skilled physicians are able to treat pulmonary hypertension through advanced diagnostic studies as well as medical and infusion therapy. In advanced cases, our team is also able to perform a lung transplant to correct hypertension.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition that can cause mucus to build up in the lungs—it’s one of the most common lung conditions in children and adults. Our specialists work with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to provide a continuum of care for patients diagnosed at an early age as they progress into adulthood. We are the only center in the state to conduct cystic fibrosis research in adults, and therefore provide our patients with the latest, most advanced treatments available.
If you are having trouble sleeping, or breathing while you sleep, our advanced sleep clinics and labs can provide you with the answers you need to help you get a full night’s rest. Our specialists provide observation in our innovative labs to help you get the answers you need to sleep more soundly.
Pulmonology & Respiratory Care & Innovation
IU Health Pulmonology is dedicated to providing the best possible care to our patients, bringing them the latest in multidisciplinary care. We’re at the forefront of developing new innovations and technologies and our partnership with the IU School of Medicine allows us to offer faster access to the latest innovations and treatment options.
Our strengths and accomplishments include:
- Our Telemedicine, Electronic ICU, is the only one of its kind in the state. From a diagnostic lab with in IU Health Methodist Hospital, our specialists are able to monitor several hundred ICU beds across five hospitals. This advanced technology allows us to provide expert care to patients across the state, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Cystic Fibrosis is one of the most common chronic lung diseases seen in children, but it continues throughout adults as well. Our team is the only center in the state conducting Cystic Fibrosis research for adults, allowing our patients to benefit from the latest and most advanced treatments.
- Among approximately ten percent of hospitals nationwide to receive the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program that helps patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation assure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing respiratory care services.
- Received over 3 million dollars in research funding in the areas of COPD, lung transplant, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, lung host defense, HIV infection, and the respiratory microbiome.
Pulmonology & Respiratory Care Team
Our team of skilled pulmonology professionals at IU Health work to evaluate, treat, and deliver the best possible care to patients experiencing a variety of respiratory disorders. Our team of experts includes pulmonary physicians, critical care specialists, sleep specialists, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, researchers, pulmonary nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, counselors and transplantation specialists. We are committed to giving all our patients comfort, answers, options and results.