The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University Medical Center is internationally known for its clinical excellence, which is the primary reason that U.S. News and World Report ranks Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) the fourth top hospital in the U.S. for the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary and thoracic disease and second in overall care. The clinical specialists, under the direction of Michael Holtzman, MD, are not only leaders at the forefront of patient care and education, but they are also well-known world leaders in pulmonary biological research.
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Patients should be referred by their physicians for diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary conditions. What Patients Can Expect.
Thirteen faculty physicians and their associated multidisciplinary teams treat patients with any kind of respiratory or chest disorder. In addition to initial diagnosis and treatment, this care may consist of consultations, second opinions and continuous care.
Some specific clinical centers of excellence within the Division include: asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, lung development and developmental abnormalities, pulmonary vascular disease, emphysema, lung volume reduction surgery, surfactant abnormalities, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer, pulmonary arteriovenous malformations and sleep disorders.
The Division welcomes patients to the newly constructed, Center for Advanced MedicineLung Center, located on the eighth floor, where all outpatient appointments now take place. The Lung Center is the clinical home for the outpatient activities of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, as well as the Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Allergy and Immunology.
Because of the unique, multidisciplinary nature of The Lung Center, patients with disorders of the chest and respiratory system receive the outstanding care they need from a team of superbly qualified specialists and subspecialists -- all located at a single site.
The Lung Center also houses one of the most sophisticated pulmonary function laboratories in the region and an area devoted to another vitally important aspect of care, pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition to roomy, comfortable patient examination rooms and private consultation rooms, The Lung Center contains patient education facilities and conference rooms.
Radiologic and nuclear medicine services of the renowned Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology are just one floor away, staffed by an entire division of specialists in chest radiology and imaging.
Pulmonary specialists also provide care to patients at the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center and, in collaboration with allergists, at The Asthma & Allergy Center, a 4,500-square-foot facility opened in 1990 in West St. Louis. This Center is fully equipped for physiologic testing and treatment of asthma and other airway diseases.
In addition to clinical research, the Division is a world leader in research in pulmonary biology. There are more than 12 Division faculty members who devote the majority of their efforts to pulmonary research. The excellence of their work is rewarded by extensive support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for individual grants, program project grants, and a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) grant. Many members of the Division also participate in ongoing, national multicenter studies that offer patients a chance to receive cutting-edge therapies not available outside of an academic medical institution. For a listing of current clinical studies seeking new patients, see clinical trials.