Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides clinical and collaborative clinical research support for all City of Hope’s major clinical programs, including medical oncology, surgical oncology and hematopoietic cell transplantation.


Our activities include inpatient and outpatient pulmonary consultations, new patient evaluations and various pulmonary/critical care procedures:

  • Video bronchoscopy
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Mechanical ventilatory support
  • Central line placement
  • Thoracentesis

The division manages an 18-bed multidisciplinary intensive care unit, a full-service respiratory therapy department, a lab with state-of-the-art pulmonary functional testing equipment, including body plethysmography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and an arterial-blood gas laboratory. We perform standard bronchoscopy, as well as advanced bronchoscopic techniques.

We are developing an interventional pulmonary program for advanced airway management and ablative procedures — including laser, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, radiofrequency ablation and stent placement. The division also moderates a weekly multidisciplinary Chest Tumor Board that reviews challenging thoracic oncology cases.