Providing exceptional lung and pulmonary care

The Ohio State Lung Center is the only comprehensive lung and pulmonary center in central Ohio. Serving as the outpatient clinic for the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, the Lung Center includes leading-edge research, state-of-the-art clinical programs, courteous one-on-one care and a full slate of services in allergy, sleep and pulmonary medicine. We offer free parking, timely appointments and in-office allergy shots and testing at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, 2050 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio.

Innovative Surgeries

We’re the only hospital in central Ohio that offers lung transplants for adults. Our surgeons performed Ohio State’s first lung transplant in 1998 and the first double lung transplant the following year. Our Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Program can give patients with emphysema a renewed lease on life, improving their lung capacity by removing diseased parts of their lungs.

Our talented team

The Ohio State medical staff has expertise in a diverse range of lung and pulmonary conditions including emphysema, lung cancer, asthma and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (a rare inherited disease that raises the risk for lung and liver disease). Our team includes faculty physicians, pulmonary, allergy and sleep medicine fellows and specially trained nurses and nurse practitioners.

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Growing clinical trial programs

Our clinical trials generate new knowledge and give our patients access to the latest groundbreaking therapies. We actively recruit people to join our programs. Our patients have expressed a high degree of satisfaction after participating in our trials, citing educational benefits as the best part of the experience. We also have a robust basic science research program.

Featured Programs

Featured Programs

Specialty Clinics

Specialty Clinics

Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Clinic

Ohio State has 25 years experience focusing on this rare inherited disorder. Our Ohio State Alpha-1 Clinic offers genetic counseling and provides state-of-the-art evaluation of this disorder that predisposes individuals for early onset lung and liver disorders.

COPD/Emphysema

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD is a very common disease that effects over 12 million individuals in the United States. It is the fourth leading cause of death. COPD is a term used to describe patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis or a combination of both.

Symptoms of COPD include:
  • Shortness of breath with activity or while resting
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • A daily or almost daily cough cough that produces mucus

Individuals with COPD may have other associated medical problems such as muscle weakness, sleep problems, weight loss and mood changes. Our COPD team consists of a dedicated group of physicians, nurses and staff who work together to bring you the most comprehensive care available.

If you are having any of these problems or have any questions about your symptoms ask your doctor about COPD or contact us at 614-293-4925.

Cough Clinic

The Ohio State Multidisciplinary Cough Clinic helps people with chronic coughs lasting at least six weeks. Board-certified pulmonologists evaluate patients, who can expect to receive pulmonary function testing with additional radiography and diagnostic endoscopy as required. The clinic occurs Wednesday mornings at The Ohio State Eye and Ear Institute.

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General Pulmonary

Ohio State general pulmonary specialists can help patients with coughs, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain and tightness. We also specialize in testing for abnormal pulmonary function and low oxygen levels, as well as lung nodules tests and chest x-rays or CT (computerized tomography) scans.

Immunosuppressed Patients

Your immune system may become suppressed as a result of common treatments for cancer, arthritis or rheumatologic disorders. HIV and organ or bone marrow transplantation can suppress the immune system too. The Ohio State Immunosuppression Clinic helps patients with suppressed immune systems, which often can involve the lungs. If you’re having lung problems and have a suppressed immune system, ask your doctor about a referral.

Bone Marrow Transplantation
About 50% of patients after bone marrow transplantation will develop lung complications. Often this is in the form of infections that develop in the lung, but other times it is a side effect of chemotherapy or radiation therapy give before transplantation. One very serious complication is when graft versus host disease targets the lung and results in bronchiolitis obliterans. This is a progressive disease that results in airflow obstruction similar to emphysema. Vincent Esuguerra, MD is the primary doctor for bone marrow transplantation.

Lung Cancer

Philosophy
It is likely that new techniques for early identification, improved understanding of the molecular heterogeneity that exists in lung cancer and novel targeted therapies will all contribute to increasing survival. Historically, lung cancer diagnosis and management has involved oncologists and surgeons with very little role for the pulmonologist. However, it is increasingly recognized that a multidisciplinary approach provides more comprehensive care patients with lung cancer. The Ohio State University Pulmonary Oncology Clinic is committed to providing the most advanced care in the management of patients across the spectrum ranging from suspected diagnosis to management of treatment complications.

The clinic offers:
  • Rapid assessment and diagnosis/staging of suspected cases of thoracic malignancy (time to diagnosis less than one week) and coordinated care through our multidisciplinary program
  • Medical optimization for patients undergoing treatment
  • Management of co-morbid diseases of the lung
  • Management of complications including malignant effusion and endobronchial disease
  • Management of complications of therapy

Pulmonary Hypertension

The Ohio State University Pulmonary Vascular Disease Clinic focuses on conditions such as pulmonary hypertension, along with other lung disorders. We have an active research program to bring the latest drugs and innovative approaches to patients. We also provide multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art services to meet the unique needs of individuals. This clinic is located at the Ross Heart Hospital.

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease of unknown cause that often involves the lungs, but can also involve other vital organs. Sarcoidosis can be confused with other lung diseases. In most cases, sarcoidosis requires little or no treatment, but the optimal treatment of sarcoidosis can be very complicated in certain sarcoidosis patients.

The Ohio State University Sarcoidosis Clinic is devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of sarcoidosis involving the lungs and other organs. Using the latest technology and by integrating the most recent advances in the field, we strive to individualize the care of each sarcoidosis patient to minimize the impact of the disease on daily lives. To this end, we are investigating new treatments and exploring the causes of sarcoidosis through ongoing research programs.

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Tobacco Cessation

The Tobacco Dependency Clinic specializes in helping people quit tobacco. This clinic provides consultation and support services to assist those who are thinking about or are ready to stop smoking and using tobacco.
  • Patients will meet with our nurse practitioner, Gretchen Whitby, CNP, CTTS, for individualized assessment, behavioral counseling and pharmacologic treatment as appropriate
  • Patients receive support and resources throughout their effort to stop smoking and using tobacco
  • Visits will last 40 to 50 minutes initially, and 20 minutes thereafter. Patients will be offered additional visits on an as needed or case by case basis
  • Ongoing communication with patients will be available via telephone or through MyChart
  • Patients who may benefit include:
    • Patients who are thinking about quitting
    • Patients who are in the process of quitting but need additional support
    • Patients who have quit but are worried about relapsing
    • Patients who would like prescription tobacco cessation medications to help them quit 
Referral process:
  • Physician referral and self-referral accepted
  • Place referral through IHIS via “AMB REFERRAL SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM”
  • Referring office to call The Lung Center to set up appointment (referral order does not currently prompt appointment to be scheduled)
Contact information:

Patient scheduling: 614-293-4925
Fax (for referrals): 614-293-5503

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