Interventional Pulmonology is a sub-specialty where minimally invasive procedures are performed to diagnose thoracic malignancies, treat tracheal stenosis, place airway stents, manage complex airways disease and manage pleural effusion.
This specialty has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. A comprehensive interventional program was launched at Augusta University Medical Center in 2018.
We have the expertise to diagnose peripheral and central lung nodules or masses, accurately stage lung cancer and obtain adequate tissue for molecular and genetic mutation studies.
We diagnose and manage recurrent pleural effusion, whether malignant or benign, with pleural manometry or pleural biopsy as needed.
We perform cryobiopsy to obtain adequate tissue for diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases.
Tumor debulking is done with Nd-YAG laser and other modalities such as cryotherapy, APC, PDT. Rigid bronchoscopy is performed for tumor debulking and to place both silicone and metallic airway stents to restore airway patency.
The interventional pulmonary team works closely with thoracic surgery and also with a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, otolaryngologists to provide an optimum personalized care to our patients.
Dr. Shaheen Islam is the director of Interventional Pulmonology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He completed a one-year interventional pulmonology fellowship from Lahey Clinic and served as Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Ohio State University, where he developed a successful program prior to joining the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Islam is a national leader in interventional pulmonology and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He is board certified in interventional pulmonology.
Disease conditions managed by Interventional Pulmonology
IP procedures performed at AU