Clinical service include inpatient, outpatient, and consultative services, diagnostic procedures (bronchoscopy, pulmonary function testing, exercise testing), respiratory therapy, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Specialized initiatives include a lung volume reduction (pneumoplasty) program, lung transplantation, a cystic fibrosis center, an asthma-airways clinic, and a dyspnea clinic. Information of use to patients and physicians is available on the Division's World Wide Web site:
Research programs in the Division are robust, as evidenced by the level and quality of publications and funding.
Research reports have been published in prestigious journals such as Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Cell, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Immunology, Journal of Clinical Investigation and American Journal of Physiology. Research funding exceeded $11 million in FY 2009.
The Division's expertise and reputation have resulted in its designation by the NIH as
1. Participant in the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT)
2. Specialized Center of Research in Fibrotic Lung Disease
3. Specialized Center of Clinically Oriented Research in Acute Lung Injury
Participant in PIOPED Studies of Pulmonary Embolism
5. Member of the IPF Clinical Research Network
6. Member of
the COPD Clinical Research Network
7. Member of the ARDS Clinical Research Network
8. Recipient of new Grant Opportunities (GO) grant, "Molecular phenotypes of rapidly progressive idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis."
The Division also is the recipient of an NIH Training Grant to fund the postdoctoral training of individuals with M.D. or Ph.D. degrees in basic and clinical investigation. As a part of The Department of Veterans Affairs' new Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP), our VA Pulmonary Section has been named a Center of Excellence to study genetic determinants of pulmonary infection; research training fellowships are another important component of that program.
Research facilities based at the University of Michigan Health Center occupy 15,000 square feet. Research facilities based at the VA Medical Center occupy approximately 4,500 square feet of contiguous laboratory space in a newly constructed research building.
The Division plays a prominent role in the education of both medical students and house officers. Its teaching effectiveness is consistently ranked among the best of all divisions by the departmental house staff. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine rotations had the best aggregate rankings of any division in the recent Senior Resident evaluations.
Besides postdoctoral fellows, the Division participates in research training for undergraduates as well as graduate students.
In addition to the extensive conference schedules of the Department and other Departments weekly Divisional conferences include:
- Core Pulmonary Clinical Conference
- Research Conference
- Research Lecture Series
- Core Surgical Critical Care Conference
- Lung Transplant Case Conference
- Tumor Board
- Interstitual Lung Disease Case Conference
- VA Joint Pulmonary/Thoracic Conference.
Approximately six nationally and internationally renowned basic and clinical pulmonary scientists visit the Division each year through the Visiting Professor Program.
The annual update on Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine presented by the Division is one of the Medical Center's most popular and successful continuing education programs.