Chest Disease Center
Welcome to the Chest Disease Center
The Chest Disease Center comprises highly skilled, board-certified physicians, fellows and residents (licensed physicians in training), nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and support staff. We work together as a team to provide you with the best possible care.
Through our services, we offer the latest multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for patients with benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) lung diseases such as:
We are one of only a few institutions that brings together thoracic surgeons and interventional pulmonologists within one division to provide the best, most appropriate, treatment for each patient.
We recognize that a multidisciplinary approach improves the care and outcomes of our patients, so we collaborate with our colleagues in general pulmonary medicine, critical care, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and otolaryngology.
We are one of the few divisions in the country where thoracic surgeons and interventional pulmonologists work together to provide collaborative care to our patients. Here, you have access to the most advanced diagnostic techniques, minimally invasive surgical procedures, cutting-edge medical research, and an integrated approach to health care.
In addition to providing outstanding patient care, we are very involved in medical research. Our research efforts span the spectrum from laboratory research investigating the cause of tracheobronchomalacia to the evaluation of the latest endoscopic techniques to treat asthma and emphysema.
We also have a long, proud history of innovation in thoracic surgery. Thoracic surgeon Richard H. Overholt, MD (1901-1990) was a surgical trailblazer whose achievements include the world's first successful right pneumonectomy (lung removal) in 1933. Dr. Overholt was also a pioneer in the anti-smoking movement. Click here to read a 1992 paper in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery about Dr. Overholt's illustrious career written by Robert L. Berger, MD, Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology.