Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship - Departments

Experts in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital provide comprehensive consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for patients with illnesses that affect the lungs and breathing. Physicians provide care for a range of common and rare respiratory conditions including but not limited to: chronic obstructive lung diseases, asthma, lung cancer, interstitial lung diseases, occupational lung diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases including pulmonary hypertension, sleep disorders, acute and chronic respiratory failure, and various lung infections. The latest technology is used to provide state-of-the-art care in both the outpatient and hospital settings, including the intensive care units.

The combined brand-new state-of-the art medical and surgical intensive care unit consists of 20 beds. The coronary care unit has 16 ventilator equipped rooms with trained critical care staff. Additionally, there is a Cardio-Thoracic Unit (CTU) with 16 ventilator equipped rooms and is covered by critical care trained staff. There is also an intensivist, who is a pulmonary and critical care accredited physician, present 24 hours to facilitate clinical rounds on the patients and also provide additional procedural support. The ICU, CCU and the CTU are additionally covered by medical residents and Physician Assistants (PAs) round the clock.

The pulmonary service provides 24-hour-a-day availability of respiratory therapists for arterial blood gas determinations and ventilator maintenance. Full pulmonary function testing, including spirometry, lung volumes and diffusion studies, are available on a daily basis. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, a fully equipped sleep laboratory, pulmonary angiography, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and iridium brachytherapy are available on a continual basis. Fellows participate in these procedures under the supervision of the pulmonary teaching staff.