What is a pulmonologist?

A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the lungs, bronchial tubes and respiratory tract. A doctor may spend 10 years training to become a pulmonologist, according to the American College of Physicians, starting with seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training to become board-certified in internal medicine, followed by two to three years of studying conditions specific to the respiratory system. Some doctors are pediatric pulmonologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating breathing and lung problems in children.

Some of the many conditions that a pulmonologist may treat include:
  • asthma
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • sleep apnea
  • cystic fibrosis
  • pneumonia
  • lung cancer
  • tuberculosis
  • emphysema
  • chest infections
  • complications of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

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