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UT Southwestern Medical Center’s pulmonologists (specialists in lung disorders) have advanced training and years of expertise in caring for people with all types of lung disease. Our physicians and their teams provide individualized care using the latest medical breakthroughs for diagnosis and treatment.

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Nationally Ranked in Pulmonology

UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 20 hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery, and we are rated as "High Performing" for care of pneumonia, placing us among the country's leading facilities in this area of care.

Advanced Care for Lung Disease

Lung disease describes a group of conditions that affect the lungs, airways (tubes leading into and out of the lungs), and blood vessels that carry blood into and out of the lungs. Also called respiratory disorders or pulmonary disease, lung disease is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. If untreated, lung disease can lead to worsening symptoms and life-threatening health complications.

Through extensive clinical experience and innovative research programs, UT Southwestern has consistently earned widespread respect and recognition for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. Our clinicians and researchers are working to advance the science of lung disease through important developments that can change patients’ lives.

A comprehensive clinical practice, in unison with UT Southwestern’s research activities, enables us to provide patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations, risk assessments, treatments, and pulmonary rehabilitation services. Whether patients are experiencing symptoms related to a lung disorder or have already received a diagnosis, our specialists provide a thorough evaluation and advanced treatment options. We collaborate closely with UTSW experts in thoracic surgery, thoracic pathology, and thoracic radiology to provide comprehensive care to each patient.

Specialized Lung Programs

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Early Detection. Peace of Mind. Get Screened.

UT Southwestern offers low-dose CT screening for lung cancer to look for signs of cancer in people at highest risk for developing lung cancer. Patients who are between age 55 and 77 and have smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years have a high enough risk to be screened.

Finding the Right Pulmonologist

Finding the right pulmonologist is a critical aspect to treating lung disease. A pulmonologist must have the expertise needed to effectively treat the condition, manage symptoms, and control risk factors to help prevent complications.

UT Southwestern’s lung specialists work in conjunction with each patient’s primary care physician to coordinate care and ensure its continuity during diagnostic examinations, lung treatments, surgery, and pulmonary rehabilitation after treatment.

Patient Transfers

The patient transport service provides 24-hour direct hospital-to-hospital patient transfers for emergency and complex cases to UT Southwestern facilities. Call 877-645-0911 to arrange a patient transfer – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Clinical Trials

As one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, UT Southwestern offers a number of clinical trials aimed at improving the outcomes of patients with lung disease. Our lung care teams are involved in clinical and outcomes research on interventional procedures, such as new treatment methods for central airway obstruction, management of persistent pulmonary air leaks, and volume reduction approaches for emphysema.

Clinical trials often give patients access to leading-edge treatments that are not yet widely available. Eligible patients who choose to participate in one of UT Southwestern’s clinical trials might receive treatments years before they are available to the public.