Lungs & Breathing Disorders

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Lungs & Breathing Disorders

ColumbiaDoctors pulmonologists have earned an international reputation for excellence in patient care in lung and breathing disorders. Our extraordinary doctors are devoted to providing care from the most advanced to tried-and-true methods with a multidisciplinary approach. This combination of high-tech and high-touch is a hallmark of patient care at ColumbiaDoctors. All of our providers are faculty at Columbia University Medical Center and are affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked  #1 hospital in the New York Metropolitan Area, #6 in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, and #8 in Pulmonology nationwide by U.S. News & World Report™.  

ColumbiaDoctors has a long history of being at the forefront of care and research of lung and breathing disorders. ColumbiaDoctors leadership in lung disease began generations ago at the dawn of the modern era of pulmonary medicine.  In 1956, two Columbia faculty, Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work describing fundamental aspects of normal and abnormal functions of the heart and lungs. Our leadership and innovation continue today, and our recent work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The Lancet among other highly esteemed journals.

Through its affiliations, ColumbiaDoctors pulmonologists offer comprehensive care to patients with common and uncommon disorders, including advanced lung disease. Because of our clinical and research excellence, patients seek treatment at ColumbiaDoctors from the tri-state region and beyond for lung and breathing disorders. Working closely with our colleagues in thoracic surgery, radiology, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine, we have highly integrated programs for all manner of lung and breathing disorders.

Our specialized programs are led by physicians who are nationally recognized as leaders in their fields, specializing in the following:

LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease and Respiratory Failure 

This state-of-the-art program provides comprehensive care for shortness of breath, cough, asthma, COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, pleural disease, mycobacterial disease, and rare lung diseases. Our world-renowned specialists have long been leaders in introducing the most advanced treatment for chest disease and respiratory failure. In addition, we use sophisticated diagnostic testing to fully evaluate patients; our rehabilitation program includes exercise training in endurance and strength, education, nutrition counseling, and psycho-social support and counseling.

The Gunnar Esiason Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Program 

Our program has been recognized by the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a leader in providing advanced and compassionate care to patients with CF. Ours is the premier site for adult cystic fibrosis care and research in the New York area. Our participation in cutting-edge research assures that our patients have access to the most up-to-date treatment options. We help patients with airway clearance techniques, home IV therapy, home equipment, short and long term disability, exercise and work-related restrictions.

Interstitial Lung Disease Program  

Columbia University Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary program for the care of patients with interstitial lung diseases, a complex group of diseases that requires highly specialized and coordinated care. We have an active research program that is aimed at finding the underlying causes of these illnesses and that will help us to identify new treatments as well.   

Edsall-Wood Asthma Center  

ColumbiaDoctors provide comprehensive care to individuals with asthma and allergies. The Center is one-of-a-kind in the region, combining research and education with one-stop asthma care. We also help patients participate in a variety of research trials. We screen for other diseases that are often associated with asthma, such as sinusitis, rhinitis, nasal polyps and gastrointestinal reflux.

Sleep Disorders 

Our center provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients with obstructive sleep apnea and all other types of sleep-disordered breathing disturbances. Patients come to the center who have trouble sleeping at night, are sleepy during the day, have excessive snoring, or have other sleep-disrupting behaviors. The Sleep Center is recognized as a major academic patient care, teaching, and research center.

Lung Transplant Program 

Our lung transplant program is the largest in the region and is recognized nationally for the quality of its patient care and research. A team of pulmonary medicine specialists and thoracic surgeons works to bring the best of current practice and the most promising research to patients with advanced lung diseases in need of transplantation in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.

ColumbiaDoctors maintain active NIH and CDC funded research programs. We are a national leader in patient care, research, and training in lung disease, and are committed to the training of future scientists. 

The combination of ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian means seamless access to highly qualified healthcare professionals. ColumbiaDoctors accepts most insurance plans. Patients can be seen at our 168th Street, 161 Fort Washington Ave., or our Midtown location at 51 W. 51st St.