patient care

Special Programs

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Purpose: Improve strength and endurance to improve daily life for patients with chronic pulmonary disease such as emphysema, chronic asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, previous ARDS.
Location: UW Medical Center
Program Director: Joshua O. Benditt, MD, FCCP
Contact: Steve Crogan, RRT (206) 598-3195

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
Purpose: To study the effects of lung volume reduction surgery in persons with severe emphysema.
Location: UW Medical Center
Program Director:
Joshua O. Benditt, MD, FCCP
Contact: Diane Lockhart, RN (206) 598-3724

Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Testing
Purpose: Approximately 400 full cardiopulmonary exercise tests are performed annually at the University Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory to evaluate patients with underlying heart or lung disorders, patients with unexplained shortness of breath, or those with shortness of breath out of proportion to abnormalities detected on standard cardiac or pulmonary tests. This testing is used for evaluation for patients who may require heart or lung transplantation and for those who need objective evaluation of overall exercise impairment. We also offer exercise testing for recreational athletes beginning an exercise program, and testing for competitive athletes at all levels of accomplishment (VO2max, anaerobic threshold, exercise oximetry, etc).
Location: Pulmonary Diagnostic Center, UW Medical Center
Director:  David D. Ralph, MD
Scheduling Contact: Lori Bondeson  (206) 598-4265 

Sleep Disorders Center
Purpose: To diagnose and treat the full spectrum of sleep disorders.
Locations: (1) Harborview Medical Center; (2) UW Medical Center
Director: Vishesh K. Kapur, MD, MPH
Appointment Contacts: (1) Harborview Medical Center: (206)744-4999; (2) UW Medical Center: (206) 598-4615

The End of Life Care Research Program
Purpose: The End of Life Care Research Program is composed of clinical and health services investigators and staff focused on specific projects that have as their overall goal the improvement of end-of-life care. In addition to providing the core support for these specific projects, the Program serves as a resource to other investigators conducting related research. It is also a goal of the Program to participate in education by providing the resources for medical students, medical residents, physician-fellows, and nurses to participate in these projects and conduct related research projects. Several of the assessment tools being developed through the research of the Program, once validated, will be used in quality improvement projects targeting end-of-life care.
Location: Harborview Medical Center
Director: J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH
Contact: Elizabeth Nielsen, Research Coordinator, (206) 744-9982

Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic
Purpose:  The Lung Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Clinic is the gateway to rapid diagnosis and treatment for lung cancer. The mission of this multidisciplinary clinic is to improve the length and quality of life among patients at risk for lung cancer and other disorders caused by tobacco. We fulfill this mission by delivering and integrating state-of-the-art clinical care and research focused on enhancing prevention, early detection, and treatment of lung cancer. We use the latest outpatient-based, minimally invasive technology, such as bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrashound (EBUS), navigational bronchoscopy, guided transbronchial needle biopsies (TBNA), and fluoroscopy or CT-guided needle biopsies to make rapid, safe diagnoses. If you are found to have lung cancer, we will also use the minimally invasive EBUS procedure to stage your disease rapidly so that you can move on to receive the treatment that you will need.
Location:  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 4th Floor
Director:  David Madtes, MD
Appointment Contact:  SCCA Intake Office (206) 288-7222

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