This relatively new subspecialty is dedicated to advanced lung procedures and critical care.
The Ohio State interventional pulmonology program offers a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures in this area.
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS): Samples lymph glands in the chest to diagnose cancer, infections or diseases such as sarcoidosis. EBUS is done under direct ultrasound guidance and offers minimal risk compared to a surgical procedures.
- Navigational bronchoscopy: Obtains diagnostic tissue from hard to reach peripheral lung nodules or masses.
- Cryotherapy: Removes tumors from airways by freezing them, allowing patients to breathe better.
- Rigid bronchoscopy: Involves placing a rigid tube in the airways (trachea or bronchi) under general anesthesia.
- Autofluorescence bronchoscopy: Diagnoses precancerous lesions in airways.
Shaheen Islam, MBBS, is the director of the Interventional Pulmonology Program at Ohio State. He completed an interventional pulmonology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, and has been invited nationally and internationally to present his work.