Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Howard University Hospital

Physicians at the Pulmonary/Critical Care Division at Howard University Hospital deliver high quality care for patients with lung conditions in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Conditions We Treat

We provide state-of -the-art clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services to patients with a variety of respiratory disorders.
These include:

Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)

COPD is an obstructive lung disease characterized by chronically poor airflow.Pulmonary vascular diseases. Pulmonary vascular diseases are disorders affecting blood circulation in lungs.

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory cell growth in lungs.

Lung masses and nodules

Lung masses and nodules may be benign or may indicate the presences of lung cancer.

Pleural diseases

Pleural diseases include: pleurisy, pleural effusion, pnemothorax, hemothorax, pleural tumors.

Interstitial lung diseases

Interstitial lung diseases are disorders causing progressive scarring of lungs.

Respiratory infections

Infections in the respiratory tract including pneumonia and tuberculosis

Acute Respiratory Failure

Acute respiratory failure is the result inadequate exchange of oxygen in the lungs.

Shock

Shock is a condition with very low blood pressure and poor blood flow to the various organs in the body.

Multi-system Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

Multi-system Organ Dysfunction Syndrome may result from serious infections or injuries causing one or more body organs to fail.

Diagnostic Services

Our pulmonary function laboratory provides testing with state-of–the-art equipment, including our six-minute walk testing machine, which is helpful in evaluating respiratory function during exercise. We emphasize patient education and counseling to ensure patients understand their disease process and diagnostic and treatment plans. Inpatient diagnostic evaluation of onset respiratory disorders include:

  • Ultrasound guided diagnostic thoracentesis
  • Endobronchial ultrasound  (EBUS)
  • Lymph node biopsy (EBUB)

Treatments & Procedures

A modern surgery area allows us to perform the following outpatient services:

  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Transbronchial lung biopsy
  • Endobronchial biopsies
  • Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
  • Therapeutic thoracentesis
  • Thoracotomy drainage tubes and catheters
  • Ultrasound guided procedures in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

Programs & Services

The Pulmonary/Critical Care division at Howard University Hospital is committed to the delivery of high quality patient care services that help in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respiratory diseases. These services include:

  • Preoperative evaluation/patient optimization prior to surgery
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Inpatient pulmonary consultation service
  • Full service pulmonary function laboratory
  • Targeted therapeutic hypothermia management

Research

The faculty in the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Howard University Hospital make contributions to the medical and scientific communities in the areas of lung diseases and Intensive Care Medicine. We are particularly interested in research in underserved populations, particularly African Americans. Our research findings are presented at national meetings including meetings of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Research areas include:

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Vascular Biology
  • Sepsis
  • ICU outcomes
  • HIV related lung disease 
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Obesity and lung disease
  • Sickle cell and lung disease
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral hypoxemia and memory
  • Pulmonary physiology

Fellowship program

We conduct a two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) pulmonary diseases fellowship program. We train three fellows per year. We have five full-time and two part- time faculty members committed to improving care and advancing knowledge in pulmonary and critical care medicine.