A Breath of Fresh Air for Regional Lung Care

Patient Ana Espinal, left, speaks with Suhail Raoof, MD, center, and Ravikanth Vydyula, MD.

When you have trouble catching your breath, just getting out of bed can seem like an overwhelming challenge. Fortunately for local residents, a new center is putting lung specialists and treatments of all kinds under one roof.

Created by the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Thoracic Surgery, the new Lung Center at Lenox Hill Hospital opened this summer. The center features designated areas of excellence in asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, lung cancer, minimally invasive thoracic procedures (surgical and non-surgical) and advanced lung diseases. When fully developed, centers for sleep disorders and pulmonary hypertension will be available.

Your One-Stop Shop

Suhail Raoof, MD, Lenox Hill Hospital’s Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, joined the hospital in July 2014. He and Richard Lazzaro, MD, will be leading the Lung Center. Under their direction, the Lung Center will bring together thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, oncologists, radiologists, otolaryngologists, allergists, sleep medicine specialists and even gastroenterologists in one location. Patients can see all of the physicians involved in their care during one visit, no matter what their pulmonary diagnosis.

“The Lung Institute is designed to break down the artificial barriers that once separated doctors,” said Dr. Raoof, a former president of the American College of Chest Physicians. “By bringing these specialties together, we can provide the highest level of coordinated, evidence-based care that takes into account each patient’s individual wishes.”

For more information about the Lung Institute or the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, call 212-434-3830.

Finding Answers for Rare Conditions

The physicians who staff the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital are experienced in diagnosing and managing a range of uncommon disorders. For patients like Ana D. Espinal, a 61-year-old textile worker who found relief at Lenox Hill Hospital after years of struggling with persistent cough, shortness of breath and joint pain, this can mean an end to a lengthy illness.

“Dr. Lazzaro [Richard Lazzaro, MD, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery] is an excellent surgeon, and Dr. Raoof [Suhail Raoof, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Medicine] is truly a one-of-a-kind physician,” said Ms. Espinal, who was diagnosed with a rare inhalational disorder. “If you experience pulmonary symptoms, Lenox Hill Hospital is by far your best option for care.”

In an effort to identify lung cancer in its early stages — when it is most curable — this fall the Lung Center will offer a low-dose lung cancer screening program. Those at high risk for developing the disease include former and current smokers who:

  • Are between 55 and 77 years old
  • Have smoked for 30 years or longer
  • Still smoke or quit fewer than 15 years ago

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