Pulmonology

A simple runny nose, sore throat or cough can often be a sign of serious upper respiratory illnesses. At Providence, we make it our mission to detect and treat both mild and serious lung conditions.

If you suffer from conditions that leave you short of breath, your doctor will refer you to a lung specialist or pulmonologist. Through a range of specialties focused on pulmonology, our doctors provide the essential care and treatment of your lungs and bronchial tubes.

Providence pulmonologists provide consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with illnesses that affect the lungs and breathing. By working in collaboration with cardiologists, thoracic surgeons and other specialized physicians, pulmonologists at Providence are able to provide accurate diagnoses, surgical and non-surgical treatments for a wide range of pulmonary and bronchial disorders.

Pulmonologists have expertise in a wide range of respiratory conditions including but not limited to:  

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chest infections and injuries
  • Complex sleep disorders
  • Complications with AIDS
  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Uncommon pulmonary disorders

Pulmonary function tests measure oxygen volumes and flows, and how well oxygen diffuses into the blood. The same test can be performed measuring metabolic capacities while a patient is at rest and with exercise.

Types of pulmonary function tests include:

  • Spirometry
  • Lung volumes by plethysmography
  • Diffusion capacity
  • Exercise stress testing with gas exchange
  • ECG recordings
  • Asthma assessments include methacholine and exercise challenge
  • Metabolic testing by indirect calorimetry
  • Six minute walk sub-maximal exercise testing
  • Arterial blood gas test (blood test for oxygenation and ventilation)