Interventional Pulmonology Program
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The University of Minnesota has a combined Interventional Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery Minimally Invasive Programs that offer a wide spectrum of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures for various lung, airway and pleural diseases.
The program has a multidisciplinary approach to every single patient to deliver the most appropriate procedure and treatment without delaying care. This is a unique feature among similar programs in the country.
We also offer a multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Program that involves Lung Nodule Clinic, Lung Cancer Screening Program, Lung Tumor Board and weekly Lung Nodule Meeting attended by Thoracic Surgeons, Pulmonologists, Chest Radiologists and Interventional Radiologists.
In addition, we have the only Complex Airway Center in the region and are a leader in treating benign and malignant airway diseases. This center holds experts from Thoracic Surgery, Interventional Pulmonology, Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery.
- Lung Cancer Screening
- Diagnosis, follow up and Treatment of Pulmonary Nodules
- Diagnosis and treatment of Airway Diseases
- Diagnosis and treatment of Pleural Diseases
- Diagnosis of Mediastinal/hilar Lymph Node
- Bronchoscopic Lung Reduction for Emphysema/COPD
- Bronchoscopic Treatment of Bronchopleural Fistulas
- Whole Lung Lavage for Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
- University of Minnesota Cancer Care
- Section of Thoracic & Foregut Surgery
Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma
- H. Erhan Dincer, MD (Director, Interventional Pulmonology & Bronchoscopy)
- Felix Zamora, MD
- Abbie Begnaud, MD
- Heidi Gibson, RRT
- Rafael Andrade, MD (Chief, Section of Thoracic & Foregut Surgery)
- Eitan Podgaetz, MD (Surgical Director, Complex Airway Center)
- Teri Kast, CNS, AOCN
- Heather Lundberg, CNS, OCN
- Marilee Rose, RN