Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Laboratories and Facilities

Bronchoscopy Laboratory

This facility consists of two large procedure rooms, a central office, and a pre and post-procedure holding area. Both procedure rooms are fitted with state of the art videobronchoscopy and fluoroscopy equipment. Over 800 procedures are performed each year.

"Balloon dilitation and stent placement via fiberoptic bronchoscopy have been pioneered by PACCM faculty to treat stenotic airway complications in lung transplant patients."

Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Laboratory

"An advanced mechanics lab provides detailed physiologic assessment for patients in the NETT and FORTE clinical trials."

This large facility consists of 7 testing rooms and performs approximately 8500 routine and specialized pulmonary function tests, exercise tests, and respiratory mechanics measurements each year.

Sleep Laboratory

PACCM faculty has fostered the development of non-assisted nasal ventilation for patients with acute and chronic respiratory failure.

This newly-constructed, 6-bed facility performs over 1500 sleep studies each year. The laboratory is located on the sixth floor of UPMC - Montefiore Hospital.

UPMC - Comprehensive Lung Center (CLC)

The Comprehensive Lung Center (CLC) is a comprehensive pulmonary diagnostic and treatment center located at the University of Pittsburgh in the Falk Medical Building on the fourth floor.

Each year, approximately 15,000 visits occur in the CLC. Patient referrals are received from physicians throughout the eastern and mid-western United States. The treatment includes general pulmonary medicine, asthma, allergy, sleep disorders, interstitial lung diseases, lung cancer, lung transplantation, and cystic fibrosis.

Medical Intensive Care Unit

Patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) are cared for by two physician teams, each consisting of a PACCM faculty member, a fellow, two residents, and two interns. The MICU is a tertiary referral center for patients with complex medical critical care problems.
Diseases diagnosed and managed on this service include, but are not limited to respiratory failure due to ARDS, pneumonia, COPD, asthma, and neuromuscular diseases, hypovolemic, cardiogenic, obstructive, and distributive shock, major pulmonary embolism, congestive heart failure, acute and chronic renal failure, upper and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage, severe pancreatitis and liver failure, life-threatening infections, acute cerebral infarction, intracranial hemorrhage, and status epilepticus. The UPMC Presbyterian MICU also provides critical care services for the UPMC Toxicology Program.

Offices of the PACCM Division

"Division Offices are centrally located in the MUH building adjacent to clinical facilities / programs and the Respiratory Disease Science Center for basic lung research."

A beautiful, newly-constructed 10,000 square foot space containing faculty offices, secretarial offices, and the Division conference room and library.