Expert lung specialists in Nashville, Tennessee
At TriStar Medical Group, we provide advanced treatment options to patients with lung and respiratory conditions. Our pulmonologists are skilled at treating a wide range of chronic lung conditions and offer individualized, compassionate care to patients in the Greater Nashville area.
To schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist, call (800) 242-5662.
Our respiratory specialists
Pulmonologists are doctors who specialize in studying and treating issues, diseases and disorders of the respiratory system. The respiratory system is made up of the lungs, airway, upper chest area and neck muscles. This system brings oxygen into the body through inhalation and removes carbon dioxide in exhalation.
When an issue with the respiratory system occurs, our experienced pulmonologists give patients the high-quality care they deserve so they can get back to living their lives to the fullest. Since the respiratory system depends on other body systems to function properly, many of our pulmonologists are board-certified in critical care and sleep medicine, in addition to pulmonary disease.
Types of lung disease and breathing disorders we treat
Most lung conditions cause breathing difficulty, but they can vary in severity and symptoms. Some of the lung conditions we see most often are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.
Asthma is a condition in which irritants narrow the airways and create an overproduction of mucus that makes breathing difficult. The severity of asthma ranges from mild to severe. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are many treatments that help manage the condition and improve life quality.
COPD is a chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult. There are two types of COPD: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema worsens over time and causes shortness of breath. Chronic bronchitis causes a persistent cough and excessive mucus production.
COPD is one of the most common pulmonary conditions that we diagnose. This lung disease cannot be cured, but we offer medications and other treatment options to alleviate discomfort and manage the condition.
Lung cancer is a type of cancer that originates in the lungs and most commonly affects people who smoke. At TriStar Medical Group, we offer screenings to detect lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages. If detected, we connect patients with expert oncologists who provide a range of lung cancer treatments.
Additional lung conditions we treat
We diagnose, treat and monitor all types of pulmonary conditions. Some of the additional pulmonary and respiratory diseases we treat are:
- Benign esophageal disease
- Benign lung diseases
- Cystic fibrosis
- Disease of the diaphragm
- Esophageal cancer
- Interstitial and occupational lung diseases
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Thymic disease
- Tracheal disease
- Tuberculosis and other complex lung and pleural infections
Breathing disorder treatments we offer
To treat lung conditions and diseases, we use a variety of treatments, including noninvasive therapies, medication and surgery. Some of the pulmonary treatments we perform most commonly include:
Bronchoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that allows doctors to see the airways and lungs. During the procedure, a thin, lighted tube (bronchoscope) is inserted into the airways through the nose or mouth. Bronchoscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a range of lung conditions, such as tumors, cancers and airway blockages.
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
EBUS is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine the bronchi, the passage of the airway that leads 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 be able to 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, which is the space behind the breastbone between the two lungs containing the lymph nodes. During this procedure, a 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 studies are used to monitor movements, breathing, brain activity, oxygen levels and other behaviors during sleep. In a sleep study, the patient sleeps while their activity is examined to determine if the patient has a sleep disorder.
A sleep study may help a pulmonologist determine that a patient has 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 treatments to manage and treat this condition.
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 lungs 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 (area around the lungs) and thoracic cavity (chest).
In addition to 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 and operates on the heart, lungs, esophagus, thoracic aorta and/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 lung cancer.