Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

US News & World Report High Performing Hospitals 2022-23 emblem - COPDUK Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine offers the full scope of inpatient and outpatient services involving the diagnostic evaluation and clinical management of respiratory disorders. We have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high-performing hospital in COPD care.

Diagnostic aspects include routine pulmonary function testing and evaluation of all lung diseases, including related and intra-related pulmonary evaluation of interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infectious lung disease, drug-related pulmonary disorders and carcinoma of the lung.

Also see the Sleep Disorders Center page »


Interventional Pulmonology

The UK HealthCare Interventional Pulmonology program is the only program in Lexington that provides comprehensive services for patients with a wide variety of airway and lung disorders.

The program brings together experts from several areas, including:

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Rheumatology

Our experienced team effectively diagnoses and treats airway and lung disorders using the latest equipment and technologies for minimally invasive procedures.

Working with our multidisciplinary team at the only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in Kentucky, we can often diagnose and asses the stage of lung cancer in the same procedure. 


Advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy 

  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy for diagnosis of lung nodules
  • Linear endobronchial ultrasound for lung cancer staging and lymph node biopsy
  • Radial endobronchial ultrasound for the diagnosis of lung mass and nodules
  • Narrow band imaging and autofluorescence bronchoscopy

Therapeutic bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology 

  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Foreign body removal
  • ND YAG laser for photoresection of malignant central airway obstruction
  • Endobronchial electrosurgery for tumor destruction
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Cryotherapy for bronchial lesion
  • Brachytherapy for airway tumor destruction
  • Balloon dilatation of the airway narrowing
  • Airway stent insertion for airway narrowing
  • Endobronchial steroid injection
  • Endobronchial valve placement
  • Management of tracheostomy tubes
  • Bronchothermoplasty for severe asthma
  • Transtracheal oxygen catheter placement

Pleural Diseases 

  • Ultrasound guided thoracentesis for pleural effusion
  • PleurX catheter insertion for malignant pleural effusions
  • Medical thoracoscopy for pleurodesis and for undiagnosed pleural effusion

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 859-323-9555.


We’re at the forefront of research, patient care in sarcoidosis

UK HealthCare is a founding member of the recently established Global Sarcoidosis Clinic Alliance under the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.

“This allows us to engage with other partner members, share patient resources and hopefully engage in research collaborations,” said Parijat Sen, MD, FCCP, faculty of pulmonary and critical care and director of the UK HealthCare Sarcoidosis Clinic. “This is an important milestone for the Sarcoidosis Clinic, which is the first of its kind in the state.”

The Sarcoidosis Clinic Alliance is a growing membership network of health care facilities and private providers that will collaborate in advancing research into sarcoidosis treatments and potential cures, as well as providing evidence-based patient care. For more information, visit stopsarcoidosis.org/global-clinic-alliance/