Pulmonary Medicine

Breathe easier and enjoy a better quality of life with expert care from pulmonologists at Essentia Health.

What's a Pulmonologist?

A pulmonologist is an internal medicine doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of the respiratory system. Pulmonologists treat conditions in the lungs, upper airways, thoracic cavity, and chest wall. It is not uncommon for pulmonologists to also specialize in sleep medicine and/or critical care.

When to See a Pulmonologist

Your primary care doctor can diagnose and treat most common respiratory and pulmonary conditions. See a health care provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Asthma symptoms, including shortness of breath, wheezing, or tightness in your chest

If you have severe symptoms you will be referred to a pulmonologist.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Pulmonary Medicine Services

Take advantage of exceptional care and treatment for your lung and breathing conditions, including:

Adult Asthma Care

If you have chronic asthma, we will perform a comprehensive evaluation to help you fully understand your condition. We will recommend treatment options and work with you to create an individualized plan to improve your breathing.

Your care plan may include:

  • Strategies to identify and control environmental triggers
  • Medications
  • Metered dose or dry powder inhaler
  • Bronchial thermoplasty (BT)

Thoracic Surgery

If your condition requires surgery on your heart, lungs, esophagus, or other organs in your chest, your pulmonologist will refer you to a cardiothoracic surgeon at Essentia Health.

Breathe and Sleep Better

Explore sleep medicine services at Essentia. Count on us for diagnosis of a wide range of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. Our specialists can deliver breathing care and treatment to keep your airway open while you sleep—so you can get a better night’s sleep.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.