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Methodist Advanced Lung Center, a department of Methodist Hospital

Patient Referral

To refer a patient or obtain more information about Methodist Advanced Lung Center, please call 210-575-LUNG (5864) or fax a referral form to 210-575-8499.

About the Methodist Advanced Lung Center:

The Methodist Advanced Lung Center specializes in lung disease and lung cancer treatment in San Antonio, Texas and world-wide. Our exceptional team of doctors, nurses and therapist focus primarily on the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Cancer and Interstitial Lung Disease. The Methodist Advanced Lung Center is home to the latest, most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and management services for the treatment of lung disease and lung cancer.

Patients and their families can be assured they are receiving the best personalized treatment plan. Expert care givers and medical professionals from multiple disciplines meet regularly to evaluate individual cases and determine the best care options for each patient.

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The Methodist Lung Nodule Program focuses on the early detection of lung nodules and a comprehensive surveillance plan. The Program is operated by a multidisciplinary team of health care providers trained in early diagnosis of lung cancer and advanced individualized treatment– ultimately saving lives.

Endoscopes are commonly used by health care providers in the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of many types of cancers, and to allow health care providers to view parts of the body. The Methodist Endoscopy Center works hand-in-hand with the Advanced Lung Center offering progressive endoscopic procedures, such as:


  • Diagnostic
  • Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL)
  • Transbronchial Biopsy (TBBX)
  • Transtracheal Needle Aspiration (TTNA)

ADVANCED BRONCHOSCOPY for the comprehensive chest and lung staging:

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy


  • Tumor Debulking (ERBE)
  • Bronchial Balloon Dilatation
  • Endobronchial Stenting
  • Fiducial placement for CyberKnife®


CHEST TUBE PLACEMENT: Long-term management with Small-bore PleurX® catheter

TRACHEOSTOMY tube exchange and stoma dilatation

Pulmonary Hypertension can be a debilitating disease that occurs when the blood vessels in the lungs gets too high, causing a potentially serious condition. Our Pulmonary Hypertension Program focuses on the successful treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension by:

  • EARLY DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT of Pulmonary Hypertension by a team of trained physicians and cardiology experts
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM of nurses, social workers, financial counselors and specialty pharmacists experienced in complex pulmonary vasodilator therapy drugs
  • PATIENT EDUCATION with a focus on disease management

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary program used for the personalized treatment and management of acute and/or chronic cardiopulmonary disease including:


A dedicated team of nurses and doctors who treat lung cancer provide:

  • TREATMENT WITH ONGOING SUPPORT to patients and families throughout their cancer journey
  • A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL TRAINED IN LUNG CANCER TREATMENT who is a point of contact throughout the continuum of care

Interstitial lung disease includes many different lung conditions that affect the space around the small air sacs of the lung, called the interstitium. Learn More.

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Jairo A. Melo, M.D.
Co-Medical Director, Methodist Advanced Lung Center

Dr. Jairo A. Melo received his medical degree from the Ponticia Bolivariana University, Medellin, Colombia in 1991 and completed his internal residency and a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship in San Antonio, Texas. Committed to high-quality, state-of-the art patient care, Dr. Melo has been in practice for 24 years and is affiliated with Methodist Hospital. He is the cofounder of the Methodist Hospital intensivist program and Texas IPS dedicated to integrated patient care and sleep disorders. Dr. Melo is also the Co-Medical Director of the Methodist Hospital Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic and Endoscopy Center. He is active in several professional organizations and is Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease, Internal and Critical Care Medicine.

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Arturo Lopez, M.D.
Co-Medical Director, Methodist Advanced Lung Center

Dr. Arturo Lopez received his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and completed his internal residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He also completed a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 2006. Dr. Lopez specializes in advance lung diseases and has been in practice for 16 years. He is the Co-Founder of the Methodist Hospital intensivist program and Texas IPS and was previously the Medical Director for the Methodist Hospital Respiratory Department and Vice Chief of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease, Internal and Critical Care Medicine.

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Napoleón Puente Cuéllar, M.D.
Pulmonary Medical Director, Methodist Endoscopy Center

Dr. Napoleon Puente received his medical degree from Jose Matias Delgado University Faculty of Health Sciences, San Salvador, El Salvador in 2001 and completed his internal residency program at the Roger Williams Medical Center. Additionally, he completed a Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship with an affiliated Brown University program. Dr. Puente is the Co-Medical Director of the Methodist Hospital Endoscopy Center and is leading the advanced bronchoscopy program. He is active in several professional organizations and is currently the Chief of Medicine at Methodist Texsan Hospital. Dr. Puente is Board Certified in Pulmonary Disease, Internal and Critical Care Medicine.


The Quit Smoking Program includes:

  • One-on-one interview with a medical professional who has advanced education in tobacco cessation counseling
  • Patient enrollment in Quit Now, a Texas funded program with 24/7 coaching available
  • Evidence-based patient education handouts
  • Quit smoking educational video
  • Coordination with the patient’s primary provider to initiate adjunct tobacco cessation therapies

Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator

Methodist Healthcare is a proud partner of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence and the leading provider of cancer treatment services in South Texas. A cancer navigator is a health care professional who supports cancer patients and their families through the many challenges of cancer.

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Thoracic Nurse Navigator

Lisa brings more than a decade of nursing experience to serve as a patient advocate providing education for lung cancer patients. To attain high quality outcomes for each patient, Lisa works as a liaison with the patient, family, specialists and primary care physicians assessing medical, social and psychosocial needs of each patient. She is also a certified tobacco treatment specialist. Lisa serves as a personal guide to lung cancer patients along their cancer journey from discovery to recovery. Patients, care givers and referring physicians please contact Lisa at 210-575-9087.