Pulmonologists are physicians who diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the lungs and respiratory system. There is a diverse array of conditions that can affect the lungs, and many, such as asthma, are quite common. Lung disease affects more than 35 million Americans.
Pulmonary medicine, also known as chest or respiratory medicine, is an Internal Medicine subspecialty. Pulmonologists must first become board certified in Internal Medicine before becoming certified in Pulmonology. At Pacific Medical Centers, our pulmonologists have specialized knowledge and skills and are certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.
Diseases treated by pulmonologists include asthma, bronchitis, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, chest infections, cystic fibrosis, and many other diseases and conditions. Although pulmonologists do not perform chest surgery, pulmonary specialists are skilled at taking samples from tissues inside the chest and lungs. They also perform diagnostic and lung-function tests of many types.