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Pulmonary care

Pulmonary care provides treatment for lung and respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, certain allergies and chest wall conditions.

Lung specialists in Nashville, Tennessee

If you have lung or respiratory issues, our experienced pulmonology doctors can give you the high-quality care you deserve.

TriStar Medical Group's pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons provide advanced treatments for lung and respiratory conditions and cancers, as well as individualized, compassionate care for patients in the Middle Tennessee area.

Respiratory conditions we treat

Most lung conditions cause breathing difficulty, but they can vary in severity and symptoms. Some of the lung conditions we treat include:

  • Asthma
  • Benign esophageal disease
  • Benign lung diseases
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Complex lung and pleural infections
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diseases of the diaphragm
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Interstitial and occupational lung diseases
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Thymic disease
  • Tracheal disease
  • Tuberculosis

Pulmonary treatments we provide

To treat lung conditions and diseases, our pulmonologists use various treatments, including noninvasive therapies, medication and surgery.


Bronchoscopy is an endoscopic procedure allowing doctors to see the airways and lungs. Your doctor inserts a thin, lighted tube (bronchoscope) into the airways through the nose or mouth during the procedure. Bronchoscopy is often used to diagnose and treat many lung conditions such as tumors, cancers and airway blockages.

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)

EBUS is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine the bronchi, the airway passage leading to the lungs. Much like a bronchoscopy, this procedure involves inserting a bronchoscope. However, this procedure also includes ultrasound imaging technology. With EBUS, doctors may locate tiny tumors and small cell lung cancer that would not be seen using bronchoscopy alone.

Fiducial marker placement

Fiducial marker placement is an image-guided procedure in which a surgeon places small metal objects in or near a tumor to help guide radiation therapy. Our surgeons implant fiducial markers to define and target lesions located within the soft tissues of the lung and chest wall.


Mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure used to examine the mediastinum, the space behind the breastbone between the two lungs containing the lymph nodes. During this procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in the chest, inserts a tiny device called a mediastinoscope and collects tissue samples of the lymph nodes. This procedure is most often performed to check for cancer or to stage lung cancer.

Sleep study

The respiratory system depends on other body systems to function correctly. To provide more comprehensive services, many of our doctors are board-certified in critical care and sleep medicine, in addition to pulmonary disease.

Sleep studies monitor movements, breathing, brain activity, oxygen levels and other behaviors during sleep. In a sleep study, your sleep activity is examined to determine if you have a sleep disorder.

A sleep study may help a pulmonologist determine if you have sleep apnea, wherein muscles in the back of the throat relax and cause the airways to narrow or close. This condition interrupts breathing during sleep. We offer a range of services to manage and treat this condition.

Cardiothoracic surgery

Cardiothoracic surgery is the surgical treatment of organs in the chest, such as the heart and lungs. Many lung respiratory conditions can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. However, surgical intervention is often the most effective treatment for severe diseases, such as lung cancer.

Our experienced pulmonologists perform a wide range of traditional and minimally invasive surgeries on the lung and respiratory system, including:


Thoracoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to view the lungs and space around the lungs. During a thoracoscopy, a long, thin tube called a thoracoscope is used to view the lungs, pleural cavity (the area around the lungs) and thoracic cavity (chest).

Along with internal examination, this procedure is also used in biopsies and to treat lung conditions such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Our cardiothoracic surgeons may use a robotic surgical system to assist with this procedure, which typically allows for faster recovery.


A thoracotomy is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon gains access to and operates on the heart, lungs, esophagus, thoracic aorta or anterior spine. During this procedure, a cardiothoracic surgeon makes an incision in the chest wall. This procedure is most commonly used to remove part or all of a lung to treat cancer.

Pediatric pulmonology

Any time your child is sick can be concerning, especially if it's a breathing issue. Our pediatric pulmonologists can treat various conditions in infants, children and adolescents affecting the lungs and chest, including asthma, chronic lung disease and vocal cord dysfunction.

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