Prima’s Pulmonary Disease specialists diagnose and treat diseases of the lungs and chest in both the office and hospital. Common problems for which a Pulmonary Disease Specialist is consulted include: shortness of breath, chronic cough, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease including emphysema, lung cancer, pleurisy and disorders of the blood vessels of the lungs. Our pulmonologists also provide consultation for the diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. To assist in diagnosis, Pulmonary Disease Specialists perform a variety of tests and procedures including: pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, chest X- rays, CT scans, thoracentesis and pleural biopsy. Pulmonary Disease Specialists have completed a Residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease.
All of the Pulmonology & Critical Care physicians in Prima spend a majority of their time doing Critical Care. Critical Care Medicine Specialists provide expert consultation for patients who are hospitalized in the Intensive Care Setting. Critical Care Medicine Specialists are often referred to as Intensivist. In the Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care Medicine Specialists see a wide variety of patients with life threatening illness. Medical problems commonly encountered and cared for by Intensivists include: respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation, problems with blood pressure or heart rhythm, severe infections and sepsis, kidney or liver failure, trauma and post-operative care. Intensivists collaborate with other Medical Specialists to provide comprehensive care to the patient. Most importantly, Intensivists provide counseling to patients and their families regarding prognosis and appropriate options for treatment in the Intensive Care setting. Critical Care Medicine Specialists have completed a Residency program and a Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine.