Pulmonology


The physicians in the Department of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest have advanced training and expertise in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. As Pulmonologists, we diagnose and treat conditions of the lungs such as difficult to manage chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), unexplained breathlessness, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, coughing disorders, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension and other lung disorders. As Critical Care physicians, we specialize in the care of patients in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with life-threatening illnesses such as severe sepsis, organ failure, and stroke. In both of these roles, we strive to provide care which is expert, compassionate, and respectful of the values of patients and their families.

Here is more information about the work our providers do:

Pulmonary Services--in the Clinic & in the Hospital

  • Consultation for diseases and conditions of the lungs such as unexplained shadows on chest x-rays or CT scans, unexplained breathlessness, and coughing disorders
  • Coordination of the initial evaluation for suspected lung cancer which includes a team of pulmonologists, surgeons, radiologists, and cancer specialists
  • Specialized care for complex lung diseases such pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation, neuromuscular diseases, interstitial lung disease and rare lung conditions
  • Bronchoscopy: inserting a scope into the lungs to diagnose lung diseases
  • Thoracentesis, PleurEx catheter, and chest tube placement: drain fluid from the chest
  • Interpretation of pulmonary function tests

Intensive Care Unit (Critical Care) Services—in the Hospital

  • Serve as the lead physician for medical ICU patients, leading the multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, and others to treat patients with life-threatening diseases
  • Provide critical care expertise for general surgery and cardiothoracic patients
  • Perform several procedures for critically ill patients, including intubation, central venous catheter and arterial catheter insertions, and chest tube insertion