Interventional Pulmonology Program

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.

Our Services

Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma

Our Team

Interventional Pulmonology

  • H. Erhan Dincer, MD (Director, Interventional Pulmonology & Bronchoscopy)
  • Felix Zamora, MD 
  • Abbie Begnaud, MD
  • Heidi Gibson, RRT

Thoracic Surgery

  • Rafael Andrade, MD (Chief, Section of Thoracic & Foregut Surgery)
  • Amit Bhargava, MD
  • Heather Lundberg, CNS, OCN
  • Madhuri Rao, MD
  • Gail Summerville, CNS

Medical Oncology

  • Robert Kratzke, MD
  • Naomi Fujioka, MD
  • Manish Patel, DO


  • Tadashi Allen, MD