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Department of Medicine

Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Division

Lung and Allergy Center Programs

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care Medicine offers the following comprehensive, state-of-the-art programs developed to provide optimal treatment for a variety of respiratory conditions.

Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Services Comprehensive outpatient services combine medical management with patient education for optimal control of allergy symptoms, e.g. eczema, hives and swelling. Our staff provides services that are offered by few other clinics, such as diagnosis and treatment of antibiotic/local anesthetic sensitivities and allergic reactions to bee stings, environmental inhalants, latex and foods.

Asthma Co-Management Program This group program helps asthmatics to co-manage their disease with their physician’s assistance. A behavioral psychologist, a certified pulmonary physician, and a pulmonary nurse lead group meetings to teach individuals to identify early-warning signs and triggers of their asthma, and to prevent acute life-threatening attacks in the country.

Better Breathers Club  The Better Breathers Club provides ongoing education and support for individuals with breathing problems and/or lung disease. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Center for Health and Fitness on the University Campus (A Level). Meetings are free and open to friends and family.

Cough Clinic Our clinic features a world-renowned expert in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of chronic cough, as well as state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques such as 24-hour esophageal pH probe monitoring; sinus CAT scans; and methacholine inhalational challenge, a diagnostic test for asthma. The diagnostic approach to cough was developed by our division and is now used worldwide.

Dyspnea Clinic Dyspnea, or breathlessness, is evaluated and treated by a team of specialists that includes nationally known certified pulmonologists, as well as specially trained nurses and respiratory therapists. The clinic offers treatment in conjunction with the division’s pulmonary rehabilitation program, transtracheal oxygen program and asthma self-management program.

Telemedicine UMass Memorial Medical Center now offers an extra level of care to patients admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) on our Memorial and University Campuses. The eICU Program’s specially trained critical care physicians known as intensivists use voice, data and video technology to enhance the patient care provided by the ICU bedside staff. This attention to detail helps identify a potential concern in a patient’s condition in the early stages, allowing ICU staff to intervene with prompt treatment before conditions worsen.

Home Ventilator Care Program Patients who require continuous mechanical ventilation support in the home are assisted so that they are able to resume meaningful function at home and in the community.

Long-term Acute Care   Our physicians assist in the administration and daily care of patients at Park View Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital. This facility specializes in ongoing care and rehabilitation of patients with complex medical needs, including mechanical ventilation and hemodialysis.

Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a state-of-the-art critical care area that specializes in the care of patients with non-surgical, non-cardiac critical illness. Among the medical problems frequently encountered are acute respiratory failure, severe pneumonia, acute asthma, upper and lower gastrointestinal bleeding, overdoses and poisonings, and prolonged ventilator dependency. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team including board certified intensive care physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, and case managers. The MICU is the primary site for the critical care education for UMMS residents, medical students, and students in Allied Health Services and the Graduate School of Nursing. Research into the treatment of critical illness is also a major focus of the MICU. The goals of the MICU are to provide up to date care of critical illness in a compassionate manner, while teaching the health providers of the future, and investigating new ways to restore our patients to full functional capacity.

Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratories Our nationally known laboratories provide computerized testing during rest and exercise. These innovative tests help determine not only how well a patient’s lungs are functioning, but how well his or her current medical treatment is working.

Pulmonary Interventional Program Advanced bronchoscopic and pleural procedures are available for diagnostic evaluations and treatments. Capabilities include flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, pleuroscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy.

Pulmonary Rehabilition Program For patients with chronic disabling lung diseases who are motivated and physically capable of improving their exercise capacity, this program provides clinical evaluation, education, support group meetings and exercise training to help them improve their quality of life.

Sleep Medicine The Lung and Allergy center has physicians who are board certified in sleep medicine. They evaluate and treat patients who are undergoing sleep studies performed in UMass' state-of-the-art sleep laboratory.

Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy A catheter supplying oxygen directly to the trachea replaces the nasal cannula to provide the most natural and comfortable oxygen system available. Unlike systems fitted to the nose, the transtracheal system does not cause soreness around the nose and ears, nasal stuffiness or nosebleeds, and the catheter can be easily concealed under clothing.