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Interventional Pulmonary Center

Interventional pulmonology is a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine focused on using advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat central airway obstructions. These obstructions can be caused by a variety of diseases and conditions.

The Interventional Pulmonary Center at the Lung Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix treats central airway obstructions with a team of expert physicians specializing in interventional pulmonology, thoracic surgery, head and neck surgery and anesthesiology.

Conditions treated include:

  • Severe asthma that is uncontrolled in spite of maximum medical therapy 
  • Complex central airway disease such as endobronchial airway tumors or growths, tracheal stenosis, endobronchial growths
  • Mediastinal disease including mediastinal masses
  • Diseases of the pleura, the space outside lung, such as recurrent pleural infusion and pleuridesis
  • Central airway diseases such as cocci 
  • Repair and treatment for side effects of radiation therapy or cancer surgery
  • Severe emphysema

To make an appointment at the Center, call (602) 521-3400.  

The Interventional Pulmonary Center uses the latest technology and procedures to remodel the airway and help it to heal normally.  Procedures are performed in Banner – University Medical Center’s Endoscopy Department on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, depending on the procedure. 

The Center engages in significant research into new interventional pulmonary medical devices and techniques to offer patients the most advanced care for their needs. 

Latest Treatment for Severe Emphysema

Do you suffer from severe emphysema? A new treatment, endobronchial valve, may help you.  The Interventional Pulmonary Center is the first center on the west coast to offer this treatment. By inserting small airway valves, physicians can block the diseased parts of the lung to reduce hyperinflation and ease breathing. If you suffer from severe emphysema, contact us to find out if endobronchial valve treatment can help you. 

New procedure to diagnose lung nodules

If you’ve been told you have nodules in your lungs, consider the All In One Study at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. This procedure can help diagnose lung lesions right at the time of testing.  This means a faster answer and more timely treatment, if needed.

Services provided include:

  • Early diagnosis and treatment of lesions suspected to be cancer
  • Airway prostheses such as tracheal stents
  • Bronchial thermoplasty for advanced asthma
  • Endobronchial valves for persistent air leaks
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Autofluorescence and narrow-band imaging
  • Thermal techniques including argon plasma coagulation (APC), electrocautery, laser and cryotherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial brachytherapy

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

  • Dr. Raed Alalawi - Director of Interventional Pulmonary Center
  • Dr. Lisa Jarnagin

Patients are provided educational materials, including individualized treatment plans and expectations for their care. Family education and support is always available for specific questions or follow up concerns. 

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.