Interventional Pulmonology

When You Can't Breathe, Nothing Else Matters

About Our Practice

We provide multidisciplinary care for patients with all aspects of central airway obstruction due to either malignant or non-malignant disease. The complex airway team includes Interventional Pulmonology, Thoracic Surgery, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Anesthesiology. Our goal is to provide expeditious care in a multidisciplinary fashion with outstanding communication to both the patient and the referring physicians. To help achieve these goals, patients are discussed at a Multidisciplinary Complex Airway Conference.

In addition to airway obstruction from malignancy, we treat non-malignant central airway obstruction due to diseases such as tracheobronchomalacia, tracheal or sub-glottic stenosis, relapsing polychondritis, amyloidosis, tracheobronchial papillomatosis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis.

We are fortunate to have all modalities for central airway intervention available to us, allowing treatment to be tailored to each patient. These technologies include:

  • Thermal techniques including argon plasma coagulation (APC), electrocautery, laser and cryotherapy
  • Silicone, metallic, and hybrid airway stents
  • Powered instrumentation (microdebrider)
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy and T-tubes
  • Endobronchial brachytherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy

Our team provides comprehensive advanced diagnostic techniques for patients with small lung nodules and enlarged lymph nodes in the chest with:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy

We also work closely with our COPD team to evaluate patients with advanced emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and are one of the only centers in Maryland to offer endobronchial valves for bronchoscopic lung volume reduction as well as several research trials for COPD / chronic bronchitis.

Patients with pleural effusions, mediastinal adenopathy and lung nodules or masses are also evaluated and treated in a multidisciplinary approach with members of Interventional Pulmonology, Thoracic Surgery, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology. We also perform ultrasound guided pleural procedures such as placement of tunneled pleural catheters (PleurRx® and Rocket®), pigtail catheters, and medical thoracoscopy in addition to whole lung lavage for pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Additionally, we are one of the leading centers for intrabronchial valve placement for the management of prolonged air leaks.

Scheduling An Appointment

New Patients

Please call our administrative coordinators, Carol Jackson and Tamika Rogers, to facilitate a new patient referral or schedule an appointment:
Phone: 410-502-2533
Email: [email protected]

Before the appointment, all pertinent medical records from referring physicians should be faxed to (410) 367-3252. Patients should bring recent X-rays, CT scans and PET scans either as a ‘hard copy’ or on CD to their appointment or make them available prior to the appointment.

Our nurse, Kelly Walter, is an outstanding resource and can help you navigate through a complex system.  She can be reached through our office phone number (410-502-2533)

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