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The University of Arizona Health Network clinics are educational facilities.  Medical Students, Residents and Fellows participate extensively in our pulmonary subspecialty clinics and are directly supervised by the pulmonary faculty.
 
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PULMONARY HYPERTENSION


Otherwise known as high blood pressure in the lungs, pulmonary hypertension (PH) can cause severe shortness of breath.  PH can occur in isolation (idiopathic) or can be associated with many other lung disorders including heart failure, emphysema, lung fibrosis, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis.  The University of Arizona health network has a team dedicated solely to the care of patients with PH.  We offer advanced diagnostics, novel treatments, education, and the opportunity to participate in research protocols and registries.

Dr Franz Rischard, Director PH Program
Dr Steve Knoper

Lillian Hansen, RN: Research and Clinical Coordinator

 

INTERSTITIAL (ILD) AND RHEUMATOLOGIC LUNG DISEASES

Many diseases can cause fibrosis or scarring of the lungs.  Commonly referred to as interstitial lung diseases (ILD), these disorders cause cough, shortness of breath, decreased quality of life, and possibly respiratory failure.  The Pulmonary Division at the UA School of Medicine has developed a specialized program for care of patients with many forms of ILD. Pulmonologists work with rheumatologists and other specialists to diagnosis and treat these complicated diseases. All clinic physicians maintain special interest and expertise in interstitial and immunologic disorders of the lung. This program offers education, novel treatments when available, and research protocols for eligible patients.

Patients with the following lung diseases, requiring diagnosis or second opinion, may benefit from our expertise: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) or related diseases (NSIP, UIP), Sarcoidosis, Berylliosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener’s granulomatosis, Scleroderma, Sjogrens syndrome, Eosinophilic lung disease (CEP and AEP), Bronchiolitis obliterans, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis, and LAM.

Dr Gordon Carr, Director ILD Program

Dr Kenneth Knox

Ashleigh Deegan, NP

 

 

SLEEP

Sleep disorders are highly prevalent in the US population and can lead to cardiovascular disease, strokes, motor vehicle accidents, poor quality of life, and even death. The Sleep disorders program aims to provide world-class care to patients with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea, hypoventilation syndromes, insomnia, periodic leg movement disorder, restless legs, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, and parasomnias (such as sleep walking and REM behavior disorder). A state-of-the-art sleep laboratory and continuity clinics are geared to diagnose and treat patients with sleep disorders in a comfortable setting. The center participates in cutting edge research funded by the National Institutes of Health and industry whose novel diagnostics and therapeutic options are made available for our patients.

Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, Director, Sleep Program

Dr. Kenneth Knox

Dr. James Knepler

Ashleigh Deegan, NP

Mayra Gomez, Medical Assistant

 

 

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
 

The Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology clinic at the University of Arizona offers comprehensive evaluation and care of adult allergic and immunologic diseases including allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinusitis, urticaria (hives), angioedema (swelling), anaphylaxis (allergic reaction), immunodeficiency, food allergy, eczema, contact dermatitis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and drug allergy. We are a recruitment site for national clinical trials studying the treatment of lung and allergic diseases.  We also offer a coordinated approach to nasal and sinus problems in the combined ENT/Allergy clinic, with Dr Alexander Chiu, Chief of Otolaryngology. Patients are seen in the St. Luke's in the Desert Clinic on the 2nd floor, and University Physicians Surgery Clinic on the 5th floor of the University of Arizona Medical Center, University Campus.

Dr Tara Carr, Director Adult Allergy Program

Barbra Solares, Program Cooridnator

 

 

PULMONARY DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES


The field of interventional pulmonology has exploded over the past decade.  Lung doctors are now able to diagnose infections and lung cancers by using scopes instead of surgery.  The University of Arizona Health Network employs lung doctors with the advanced skill set necessary to perform these procedures.  Patients with large chest lymph nodes, lung spots or nodules, pleural disease, or fluid around the lung may benefit from these procedures.  Patients can be seen in the general pulmonary clinics at St Luke’s or the Multidisciplinary Cancer Center clinics.

Dr James Knepler, Director Bronchoscopy Services
Dr Afshin Sam