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Pulmonary Medicine

Phone number: (212) 434-3530

Division Chief:Murray R. Rogers, MD, FCCP
Program Director:Larry DiFabrizio, MD, FCCP
Associate Program Director:David H. Posner, MD
Director, Clinical Research:Klaus Dieter Lessnau, MD, FCCP
Associate Chief Interventional Pulmonology:Wojciech Palka, MD, FCCP
Director of Pulmonary Laboratory: Stephen J. Lowenstein, MS, RRT
Sleep Director and Coordinator: Alcibiades Rodriquez, MD
Chief Pulmonary Clinic:David Valentine, MD

The Pulmonary Section, Department of Medicine is composed of a full-time and part-time faculty. Overall, excellence in Pulmonary Medicine involves four areas of expertise.

Acute and Chronic Pulmonary and Critical Care problems are investigated and managed by super specialists as Program Director Larry DiFabizio and Associate Program Director David Posner. The multiple and varied pulmonary cases seen by all of our pulmonary attending physicians are most competently managed with the goal of rapid diagnoses and competent management.

Interventional PulmonologyInterventional Pulmonology, a subspecialty pioneered in our section, involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques to remove tumor tissue, benign and malignant, that threaten the live of patients of at the least preventing patients from enjoying a normal, production lifestyle. Patients suffering the associated symptoms of hemopotysis (coughing up blood) feeling a lack of air (breathlessness) as well as other severe symptoms can often be helped with the use of endobronchial lasers and stenting. In some instance endobronchial lung volume reduction can also help. Dr. Rogers and Dr. Palka have both been extensively trained in these techniques and enjoy an international reputation in Interventional Pulmonology.

Interstitial Lung Disease is a rapidly developing problem in pulmonary medicine. The cause's ranges from patients who are immunocompromized to people that have been exposed to toxic events and other inhalants. Dr. David Posner, a recognized expert is Associate Director of our Pulmonary Service has a vast experience in this field.

Lung Cancer kills more people per year than all other cancers combined. We at Lenox Hill Hospital in a joint venture with the Chief of Radiology, Dr. Neil Epstein, have developed an algorithm and gathered necessary equipment to pursue a goal of early detection of lung cancer. We hope to be able to locate lung cancer at a stage earlier than ever before so as to improve the chances of long term survival and even cure of this dreaded problem.