The StatCare Pulmonary Service extends from the inpatient Intensivists arena to our Outpatient Pulmonary Clinic. Part of our focus is to be able to take patients from an initial emergency room visit or admission status through the healing process. This begins with the patient’s initial contact with our Pulmonary group all the way through the discharge process and follow-up in our outpatient Pulmonary clinic. We feel our advantage is the continuity of care we can provide, consistently and long-term, if needed.

StatCare offers complete evaluation and treatment of Pulmonary and lung diseases, including, but not limited to:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Lung nodules
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Undiagnosed Breathing Disorders
  • Unexplained Cough or Shortness of Breath
  • Testing and Procedures

In addition to our board-certified physicians, our clinical staff is comprised of Advanced Practice Providers working alongside our Pulmonologists to provide services.

Our Pulmonologists are heavily involved in efforts to advance the professional knowledge of respiratory disease and the most current treatment and evaluation options. From treating bronchitis and pneumonia to addressing more serious lung and lung injury issues, We are a leader in the field of Pulmonary medicine.

The East Tennessee Pulmonary Hypertension Center is a specialty division of StatCare Pulmonary Consultants that provides comprehensive evaluation and management services for patients with pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs. Pulmonary hypertension causes breathlessness and fatigue and can lead to heart failure. This lung condition can have many causes and be complicated to treat.

Our pulmonary hypertension specialists provide a comprehensive evaluation for accurate diagnosis and correct determination of the cause for elevated lung blood pressure. Our program employs state-of-the-art diagnostic services and treatment options. There are opportunities for patient participation in clinical trials of cutting edge treatments, and there is an extensive patient support network.

Our team of physician and nurse specialists believe that patients with pulmonary hypertension will have the best possible outcome if their disease is recognized early, diagnosed and classified correctly, and treated with the most up-to-date treatment protocols available. Quality care, education, clinical research and emotional support are the cornerstones of our program. Whether you are someone with questions or concerns about symptoms you have noticed, a patient who has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, or a clinician who would like the best options for your patient, we are here to support you.



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Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

EBUS is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.

Why is it used?

EBUS allows physicians to perform a technique known as transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes without conventional surgery. The samples can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections, and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs, such as sarcoidosis or other cancers like lymphoma.

What makes EBUS different?

During the conventional diagnostic procedure, a surgery known as mediastinoscopy is performed to provide access to the chest. A small incision is made in the neck just above the breastbone or next to the breastbone. Next, a thin scope, called a mediastinoscope, is inserted through the opening to provide access to the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. Tissue or fluid is then collected via biopsy.

During an endobronchial ultrasound(EBUS):

  • The physician can perform needle aspiration on lymph nodes using a bronchoscope inserted through the mouth
  • A special endoscope fitted with an ultrasound processor and a fine-gauge aspiration needle is guided through the patient’s trachea
  • No incisions are necessary
Benefits of EBUS
  • It provides real-time imaging of the surface of the airways, blood vessels, lungs, and lymph nodes
  • The improved images allow the physician to easily view difficult-to-reach areas and to access more, and smaller, lymph nodes for biopsy with the aspiration needle than through conventional mediastinoscopy.
  • The accuracy and speed of the EBUS procedure lends itself to rapid onsite pathologic evaluation Pathologists in the operating room can process and examine biopsy samples as they are obtained and can request additional samples to be taken immediately if needed
  • EBUS is performed under moderate sedation or general anesthesia
  • Patients recover quickly and can usually go home the same day
Super Dimension Navigation System (SuperD) Computer Aided Navigation

Super Dimension Navigation System (SuperD) Computer Aided Navigation is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure using a bronchoscope and computer generated images and special radial probe ultrasound to guide instruments into abnormal areas of the lung for accurate sampling such as for possible lung cancer. This technology allows physicians to navigate and access difficult-to-reach areas of the lungs from the inside.

Why is Computer Aided Navigation used?

Significant advancement is designed to aid in the diagnosis of lung cancer and other lung problems and overcomes limitations of traditional diagnostic approaches including bronchoscopy using only flouroscopy, needle biopsy and surgery. The system guides physicians through the complicated web of pathways inside the lungs, so that they’re able to access and sample target tissue throughout the entire lung without surgery or a needle biopsy.

What makes Computer Aided Navigation Different?

Traditional bronchoscopy typically allows access only to the center regions of the lung. Using Computer Aided Navigation is specialized so a physician can navigate to the outer areas of the lung during a procedure.

Because Computer Aided Navigation Bronchoscopy biopsy is performed as an outpatient procedure, there are additional benefits, including:

  • No hospital stay
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Faster recovery time
Benefits of Computer Aided Navigation
  • Earlier evaluation of lung lesions
  • Provide a prompt and accurate diagnosis of benign and malignant lung lesions
  • Determine tumor size and extent (stage)
  • Avoid the need for higher risk procedures