Breathing & lungs

    Our approach to breathing and lung care

    Shortness of breath can be a symptom of a number of conditions that affect the lungs, airways and blood vessels carrying blood into and out of the lungs.

    The first step to breathing easier: Make an appointment with a member of SIU’s pulmonology team to see what is causing your lung problem, and learn how relief is possible. 

    We have physicians with extensive clinical experience and innovative treatment programs to advance the science of respiratory care. Whether you are experiencing new symptoms related to a lung disorder or have already received a diagnosis, our specialists provide a thorough evaluation and advanced treatment options. 

    SIU’s academic medical care is focused on collaboration and innovations that are driven by research. We provide patients with state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluations, risk assessments, treatments and pulmonary rehabilitation services.

    For example, SIU Medicine is home to one of only five lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) programs in the nation. This cardiothoracic procedure is commonly performed to improve the health of patients suffering from lung cancer, emphysema or COPD.

    Specializing in breathing and lung care

    Lung volume reduction surgery

    SIU Medicine, in partnership with Memorial Medical Center, is one of only a handful of sites accredited to perform lung volume reduction surgeries. Cardiothoracic surgeon Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, shares how the procedure can give new life to patients with COPD and emphysema.

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    Decatur Specialty Clinic to offer pulmonary care

    SIU Medicine will offer pulmonary care appointments at its Decatur Specialty Clinic. Appointments will be available on the first and third Monday of each month. Providers include Dr. Omar Abdulfattah

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