Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

pulmonaryTreating lung conditions and critically ill patients

Pulmonary and critical care physicians at The University of Kansas Health System provide medical care for patients in our intensive care units. They also diagnose and treat disorders affecting lungs and breathing.

Regional leaders

Our physicians are the region's leaders in treating patients with pulmonary hypertension. We also have the only adult cystic fibrosis center in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

All of our physicians are faculty members at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. As experts in their field, they teach medical students, residents and laboratory professionals innovative approaches for diagnosing, preventing and treating disease.

Exceptional care for critically ill patients

The level of care provided to patients with life-threatening conditions sets The University of Kansas Health System apart from community hospitals. In fact, other hospitals often transfer their sickest patients to one of our specialized intensive care units.

In these state-of-the-art ICUs, highly skilled nurses and intensivists (physicians with extensive training in critical care medicine) staff our ICUs around the clock.

According to medical studies, this intensivist staffing model improves the quality of care and reduces the risk of medical errors. Statistics show patients spend fewer days in the ICU and are discharged from the hospital sooner.

Teaming up to tackle a perilous lung disease

While it may be considered a "rare" disease, pulmonary fibrosis accounts for 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year — as many lives as claimed by breast cancer. The disease is so complex and misdiagnosed that the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has named 21 medical facilities "Pulmonary Fibrosis Centers of Excellence." The University of Kansas Health System is one of them.

US News and World Report Pulmonology 2018-19

To reach Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, call 913-588-6045.

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Our pulmonology program ranks No. 41 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2018-19. Rankings are based on measurable achievements in quality, patient safety, nursing excellence and other best patient care indicators. This is our ninth consecutive year to achieve the honor.