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The Interstitial Lung Disease Center

Interstitial lung disease is a group of 200 respiratory disorders with similar symptoms and little known cause. One of the most common forms is pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive disease in which lung tissue becomes scarred. Although pulmonary fibrosis is a disabling disease without a known cure, new advances that we champion, research, and practice at the Interstitial Lung Disease Center at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix have improved the level of function for our patients.

Our staff includes a multidisciplinary team of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, highly skilled chest radiologists, and pathologists who assist in the diagnosis and treatment of usual interstitial pneumonitis (UIP), nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP), or hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) among many other forms of lung disease.

Diseases treated at the center include:

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
  • Idiopathic nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP)
  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP)
  • Genetic/inherited interstitial lung disease including familial pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Connective tissue & auto-immune related disorders of the lung
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Scleroderma/systemic sclerosis
    • Certain muscle diseases (polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and the anti-synthetase syndrome)
  • Interstitial lung disease related to occupational & environmental exposures
  • Drug-induced interstitial lung disease from such agents as:
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Antiarrhythmics
    • Antibiotics
    • Anticonvulsants

Our center is offering some of the latest treatments, including:

  • Envisia Genomic Classifier to diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Percepta Bronchial Genomic Classifier to diagnose lung cancer

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

Banner - University Medicine Lung Institute is an Accredited Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Center Network of Excellence (PFF CCN), offering highly specialized care from dedicated providers to those with pulmonary fibrosis and other forms of Interstitial lung disease.

In addition, those with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma related lung disease, we also provide care for those with IPF sarcoidosis as well as a host of other rare lung diseases. Some of the services offered at the Interstitial Lung Disease Center include:

  • Pulmonologists with expertise in the treatment of interstitial lung diseases
  • Collaboration with our thoracic surgeons for biopsy procedures
  • Access to treatment from our highly skilled thoracic radiology team
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis support group information and resources
  • Comprehensive lab testing to rule out contributing illnesses such as lupus, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, or rheumatoid arthritis

To make an appointment, please call (602) 521-3400. 

  • Dr. Sally Suliman - Pulmonary Fibrosis Care Center Network Director
  • Dr. Stephanie Iusim - Director of Pulmonary Rehab
  • Dr. Kenneth Knox - Director of Sarcoid Center of Excellence

Support/Ancillary staff

  • Ketia Sanon, RN - Nurse navigator

Research Team:

  • Susan Sheerin-Fadden, RN
  • Arianna Resendiz- Bedoya, MPH

As part of our dedication to holistic patient care as well as patient and caregiver education we host and ILD support group every two months. For details, please call Ketia Sanon at (602) 521-3400

Important link

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.

Our team is committed to providing each patient with helpful resources to improve their health and well-being.