Medical care for the lungs and breathing issues is known as pulmonary care, and physicians that specialize in this area are called pulmonologists. In the pulmonary system, your lungs make oxygen available to your body while removing other gases, such as carbon dioxide, from your body. This process takes place 12 to 20 times per minute. Oxygen is pulled into the lungs when you inhale, where it is absorbed and delivered to the rest of the body by your blood cells. It is important to keep your lungs functioning well, or your entire body can suffer from the lack of oxygen.

The DMC Lung Institute

The DMC Lung Institute at Harper University Hospital in Detroit is Michigan's choice for advanced pulmonary care.

A nationally recognized program, the DMC Lung Institute provides comprehensive pulmonary care in a convenient, one-stop location. Physicians throughout the state refer patients with complex pulmonary conditions to the DMC Lung Institute, where patients receive multidisciplinary care from a team of specialists.

At the DMC Lung Institute, patients don’t have one physician – they have a team of DMC and Wayne State University School of Medicine specialists and subspecialist working together to diagnose and manage complex pulmonary conditions. Each patient case is reviewed by a multidisciplinary team, including:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Interventional Pulmonologists
  • Critical Care Specialists
  • Thoracic Surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Oncologists

Together, these pulmonary care experts approach each patient case from a different perspective and collaborate to develop the most appropriate treatment plan.

The DMC Lung Institute has multiple specialty programs, including:

  • Lung Nodule Program
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma Center
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease
  • Cardio/Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Interventions
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Physician researchers at the DMC Lung Institute are studying new therapies for complex pulmonary conditions. Funded clinical and translational research projects are currently underway in the areas of sarcoidosis, sleep medicine, asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis.

In addition, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers often partner with the DMC Lung Institute for our knowledge of the local community. Major advances can be made from clinical observations, which are then translated into improved patient care.

DMC Lung Institute is also involved in basic science research in collaboration with the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

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