Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Interventional Pulmonary Program
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Interventional Pulmonary Program
Using state-of-the-art technology, the Interventional Pulmonary Program at Rhode Island Hospital offers a number of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients with airway disorders, pleural disease and lung cancer. Our team includes pulmonologists who have received specialized training and are board certified in interventional pulmonology and are experienced in managing patients with complex airway and pleural diseases. Our program is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
We treat a wide variety of pulmonary conditions, including:
- Pulmonary nodules and lung masses
- Benign and malignant central airway obstruction
- Pleural effusion
Approach and Services Offered
Each patient seen at the Interventional Pulmonary Program undergoes a thorough evaluation for their condition, including a detailed medical history and physical exam.
Procedures offered include:
- Flexible bronchoscopy with and without lung biopsy
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
- Navigational bronchoscopy for biopsy of peripheral pulmonary lesions
- Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis
- Tunneled pleural catheter placement (Pleurx®)
- Rigid bronchoscopy
- Argon plasma coagulation
- Spray cryotherapy
- Balloon dilation
- Airway stent placement
- Endobronchial brachytherapy
- Endobronchial valve placement
- Percutaneous tracheostomy
The Interventional Pulmonary Program interacts closely with a multidisciplinary team of specialists from pulmonary medicine, radiology, interventional radiology, pathology, thoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology.
We work closely with referring physicians to ensure the highest level of coordination of care. For patients diagnosed with cancer we also work closely with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitals.
Michael Blundin, MD specializes in pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is the director of the respiratory intermediate care unit at Rhode Island Hospital, associate director of the cystic fibrosis adult program, and team member in the hospital's Interventional Pulmonary Program. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State College of Medicine and completed his residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Dr. Blundin has a special interest in lung cancer, bronchoscopy and airways disease. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine, and is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Douglas Martin, MD, specializes in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine in the Interventional Pulmonary Program at Rhode Island Hospital. He graduated from The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then completed his residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Martin has a special interest in lung cancer, bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonary procedures. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and critical care medicine. He is a member of The American Thoracic Society and The American College of Chest Physicians.