Banner - University Medicine Lung Institute

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Taking a breath is a natural act. But what happens when lung disease interferes with your ability to breathe easily? The Lung Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix provides highly specialized care to patients battling an array of chronic, advanced and obstructive lung diseases. Pulmonologists, cardiologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, pathologists and other health care experts collectively tailor treatment plans that may include medical, surgical and other therapies to treat everything from asthma to lung cancer.

Our unique, fully integrated care model allows us to participate in industry-leading research efforts that give our patients access to the latest treatments for lung disease. We incorporate the most advanced tools available to treat chronic lung disease.

How to make an appointment:

  1. Your physician can refer you to one of our Lung Institute Centers or you can make your appointment directly.
  2. Before beginning your treatment, our team of physicians and nurses will conduct a thorough evaluation and review your health and medical history.
  3. Tests may be conducted to help determine the cause of the condition leading to your symptoms.
  4. The Lung Institute staff will work with you and your physician to help develop a treatment program based on your individualized needs. Your progress will also be documented and adjusted accordingly to meet your goals.

There are five centers within the Lung Institute. They include:

Each center provides specialized, coordinated, and intensively researched care. Our Institute teams accept both inpatients and outpatients, while helping each patient at the Lung Institute throughout their pulmonary care journey.

For more information, contact the Lung Institute at its location at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix today:

755 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 521-3400

The Lung Institute unites the local community of pulmonologists in the Phoenix area with Banner Health’s academic medicine pulmonary care team At the Lung Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, we provide comprehensive care for:

  • Advanced lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Obstructive lung diseases (COPD, asthma, A1ATd, and bronchiectasis)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary nodules 

Additionally, we have specialized providers who utilize multiple treatment modalities for pulmonary hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension:

  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Clinical research trials
  • Critical care in the ICU
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Interventional bronchoscopy
  • Interventional radiation oncology
  • Navigational bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis community support group
  • Pulmonary hypertension clinic
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Thoracic surgery services (Thromboembolectomy, VATS)

In addition, we provide testing such as pulmonary function, cardiopulmonary exercise, and lab testing onsite in our clinics so patients do not need to go to multiple locations.

Institute Leadership:

  • Raed Alalawi, MD – Co-Center Director –Interventional Pulmonary Center
  • Rick Sue, MD – Co-Center Director – Interventional Pulmonary Center
  • Tony Hodges, MD – Program Director – Lung Transplant Program

At each visit, our care teams will provide education you need for preventive and ongoing pulmonary care. This education will be tailored to your needs and preferred learning style.

The University of Arizona, in coordination with Banner – University Medicine, conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials to support a commitment to improving patient care. As a patient at Banner – University Medical Center, you may be eligible to participate, meaning you’ll have access to new treatments, which may not yet be available to the public.

The care team members of the Lung Institute provide multiple lectures locally in the Phoenix area, regionally in Arizona and the Southwest US, nationally, and internationally each year regarding various pulmonary-related topics.