Pulmonologists specialize in the treatment of lung diseases of all kinds, such as tuberculosis, asthma or a condition called COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Our specialists in lung care include oncologists who treat lung cancer, transplant surgeons who specialize in lung and heart/lung transplants, and pulmonary therapists who work with patients to increase the strength and breathing capacity of lungs following disease or injury.


Why Choose Us?

University of Iowa Health Care has a decades-long tradition of innovation and excellence in lung care. In 1956, UI physicians were pioneers in the invention of the heart-lung machine, and 50 years later we conducted the first magnetically guided lung procedure using a technique pioneered at the University of Iowa. Throughout that time, our multidisciplinary pulmonary team has been a leader in developing new approaches to diagnosing and treating lung diseases and conditions.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital 46th in the nation in pediatric pulmonology. (2014)
  • Ranked as a High Performing Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.
  • With Iowa's largest hyperbaric chamber, the UI Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Clinic serves as a regional hyperbaric medicine service.
  • A UI Research Foundation licensee recently received FDA approval for lung analysis software.
  • In a recent year we completed 17 lung transplants.
  • Our 2009 Transplant Survival Rates (after one year)
    • Adult Lung: 100%

Academic Departments that Provide Pulmonology Care