Expert pulmonologists in San Antonio and South Texas

As part of the Methodist Heart network, our priority is to provide all our patients with effective, long-term respiratory solutions that will improve their quality of life. Our pulmonologists offer patients excellent care using the latest technologies in diagnostic screening and treatment.

To learn more about our pulmonary care services, call the Methodist Healthcare Healthline at (210) 575-0355.

Pulmonary conditions we treat

Pulmonologists are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the chest and lungs, such as chronic coughs, pneumonia, complicated chest infections or end stage lung disease requiring state-of-the-art medical care or lifesaving lung support. Many acute respiratory conditions can be treated by an internist or primary care physician. An appointment with a pulmonologist is only necessary for complex pulmonology conditions.

Pulmonary conditions we treat

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic lung infection
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung abscesses
  • Lung nodules/lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary vascular disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tuberculosis

Whether you need a screening or have been diagnosed and need treatment, the knowledgeable and highly-trained physicians at the Methodist Heart Institute Lung Center offer the most advanced diagnostic care and services for the treatment of lung disease and lung cancer. Our expert provider and physician teams focus primarily on the treatment of lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. Specialists at the Lung Center also manage abnormal computed tomography (CT) scans and minimize diagnosis time, offering early detection and treatment options that may not otherwise be available.

Our comprehensive lung nodule program enables us to detect incidental lung nodules earlier, diagnose lung cancer at an earlier stage, and ultimately, save lives.

The services provided through the Lung Center include:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Medical Thoracoscopy
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy: several types of navigational bronchoscopy include Diagnostic Bronchoscopy (Lung Biopsy and Endobronchial Ultrasound [EBUS]), Therapeutic Bronchoscopy and Robotic Bronchoscopy

To contact the Methodist Heart Institute Lung Center, call (210) 575-LUNG [5864]

Sleep Centers

The Sleep Centers at Methodist Hospital Texsan, the Texas Neurosciences Institute (TNI) and the Methodist Medical Offices in Westover Hills evaluate various sleep disorders related to cardiovascular disease and conditions involving the lungs. Participating in a sleep study is important in identifying the proper treatment plan for a pulmonary condition.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

At Methodist Healthcare, we offer a pulmonary rehabilitation program designed to assist each patient to attain optimal physical, psychological, social and vocational well-being. Emphasis is placed on incorporating long-term lifestyle changes that will help protect and preserve pulmonary function and maintain overall health.

We offer a comprehensive program, led by our multidisciplinary team, for patients experiencing:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pre- and post-lung transplant

Patients benefit greatly from participation in our pulmonary rehabilitation program. Our program allows for:

  • Improved recovery after hospitalization
  • Lessened physical and emotional effects of pulmonary disease
  • Improved stamina, strength and flexibility
  • A quicker return to your usual activities, including work, hobbies and regular exercise
  • Reduced body fat and increased muscle mass
  • Improved blood cholesterol levels
  • Weight loss and weight management
  • Improved ability to quit tobacco usage
  • Increased ability to handle stress
  • Enhanced confidence, well-being and independence

Most health insurance companies cover pulmonary rehabilitation services. However, we recommend you check your plan to determine copays or other requirements. Call us at (210) 575-8235 to discuss options if your insurance does not provide coverage.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, is a form of advanced life support for patients with severe respiratory failure. Blood is pumped out of the body, oxygenated and then returned to the body. Veno venous (VV) ECMO, can be considered for any patient with severe respiratory failure and a potentially reversible cause (pneumonia, aspiration or volume overload) who meets the following criteria:

  • Hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • Respiratory acidosis with pH less than 7.20 despite optimal ventilator management
  • Initiation of acute respiratory distress (ARDS) rescue therapies (PEEP) greater than 15, prone positioning, inhaled nitric oxide, neuromuscular blockade)
  • Respiratory failure with significant barotrauma (bronchopleural fistula, pneumothorax, subcutaneous emphysema, etc.)

Smoking cessation services

Are you ready to be a non-smoker? Our Quit Smoking Program offers resources to help patients stop smoking and establish a healthier lifestyle.

The Quit Smoking Program includes:

  • A one-on-one interview with a medical professional who has advanced knowledge of tobacco cessation counseling
  • Patient enrollment in Quit Now, a state-funded program with 24/7 coaching available
  • Evidence-based patient education handouts and videos
  • Coordination with the patient’s primary provider to initiate adjunct tobacco cessation therapies

For dates and times of the Quit Smoking Program, please call (210) 575-8235.