Pulmonology 101What is Pulmonology?

Pulmonology is a specialty medical practice that focuses on issues in the respiratory system. While ENTs and other doctors may focus on sinus problems to help improve breathing, pulmonology looks deeper, dealing with respiratory diseases. 

What Does a Pulmonologist Do?

Pulmonologists, also known as pulmonary disease specialists, go through rigorous schooling and training prior to receiving their license. While many respiratory issues can be treated by general physicians, a pulmonologist is needed when an issue is unable to be identified. Likewise, certain lung disorders and diseases require a specialist.

Some of the disorders pulmonologists treat include structural disorders, inflammatory diseases, neoplastic disorders, infectious disorders, and more. Aside from treating disorders and diseases, pulmonologists also help patients by:

  • Clearing mucus from the lungs
  • Open blocked air passages
  • Diagnose disease by taking tissue samples
  • Examine the lungs and airways in order to aid in diagnosing the disease

When Should I See a Pulmonologist?

Chances are you won’t be surprised when you need to see a pulmonologist. Wheezing, trouble breathing, chest pain, dizziness, and extreme asthma are all signs that suggest you should see a pulmonologist. Likewise, if you take your issue to a general practitioner and they are unable to determine the cause—or they do and don’t have the expertise to treat it—they will refer you to see a pulmonologist.


Difficulty in breathing is no joke, so if you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should strongly consider seeking help from a pulmonologist. Your primary care provider should also refer you to a pulmonologist if the issue ends up being something they are unable to treat themselves.

We have five convenient locations in and around the Richmond, VA area, so if you need a pulmonologist’s help, we’re close at hand. Visit us online today to request your appointment!