Pulmonology is the medical subspecialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions.
The Pulmonary Department consists of providers, nurses, and receptionists who are committed to our patients by providing quality coordinated care. With patient permission and input, we partner together to develop a plan of treatment, education, and ongoing monitoring to ensure all individual pulmonary needs are addressed.
The Pulmonary Department philosophy is based on the belief that our prime purpose is to enhance the healthcare of our patients as we provide trusted service and promote a lifetime of wellness.
Locations & Hours
- Bronchoscopy + EBUS
- CT guided needle biopsy
- Intensive care consultation
- Methacholine challenge
- Overnight pulse oximetry testing for sleep apnea and hypoxemia
- Patient education of pulmonary diseases and inhaler usage
- Pulmonary function tests
- Six-minute walk
- Smoking cessation
Diseases & Disorders Treated
- Abnormal chest x-ray, CT scan
- Alpha 1 - Antitrypsin
- Decreased diffusion capacity
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Farmers' lung
- Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Nodule/Mass
- Pulmonary embolus
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory failure
- Respiratory tract infections (RTI)
- Sleep Apnea
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my primary care physician want me to see a specialist for my lungs?
Your primary care provider may determine a lung condition or symptom warrants further investigation by a specialist.
Will I have a procedure performed at the first visit?
No. Your first visit with the pulmonary specialist will be a face-to-face encounter that will provide an opportunity for discussion.
Do I need to see the specialist for more than one visit?
Depending on your lung condition or symptom, the specialist will provide you with a recommendation for treatment and specific testing needed. This may include a procedure or medication. A second visit will be scheduled for follow up to assess any medications initiated or to review procedures completed.
If a procedure is recommended, where will it be done?
Procedures will be performed at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
What can I expect the first visit will be like?
The specialty nurse will greet you and escort you to the exam room. Vitals will be measured. Please bring your list of medications to the appointment. Allergies and medications will be reviewed. Then the specialist will visit with you. Discussion regarding your past medical history and any current conditions or symptoms will be reviewed along with the physical exam. If your testing has been completed at another facility rather than McFarland Clinic, it is very important that you bring any recent CT scans or CXR’s to this appointment. The specialists will review these images and make a recommendation at this visit.
Do I still need to continue to see my primary care provider?
Yes. It is important to continue to see your regular provider for your primary needs. The specialist and primary care provider will develop a coordinated care plan for you during this period.