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.
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 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 include: pleurisy, pleural effusion, pnemothorax, hemothorax, pleural tumors.
Interstitial lung diseases
Interstitial lung diseases are disorders causing progressive scarring of lungs.
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 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.
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
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
- ICU outcomes
- HIV related lung disease
- Obesity and lung disease
- Sickle cell and lung disease
- Cerebral hypoxemia and memory
- Pulmonary physiology
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.