shadow_tr

Tulane University joins Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

January 28, 2015

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789
kbrannon@tulane.edu

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has selected Tulane University School of Medicine to join its newly expanded network of premier medical centers across the country that are leaders in caring for patients with fibrotic lung disease.

As part of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network, Tulane will gain access to a wealth of support resources for patients and caregivers and will collaborate with 20 other academic institutions across the country. Network sites work together to provide a standardized and comprehensive treatment approach, ensuring patients receive an accurate diagnosis, quality clinical care and important support services.

“We are honored that the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has recognized the quality of our programs and the expertise our physicians have in treating patients with pulmonary fibrosis,” said Dr. Joseph Lasky, John W. Deming, MD chair of Internal Medicine and chief of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine. “We are a nationally recognized center of excellence for people in the Gulf South Region seeking a second opinion on their diagnosis, the most current treatment options, or opportunities to participate in support groups and clinical research.”

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis affects more than 130,000 people in the United States. This progressive disease causes lung tissue to become scarred and stiff. Eventually the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream, leading to symptoms of shortness of breath and cough.

Previously, people lived only an average three years after diagnosis. That’s likely to change now that the FDA has recently approved two new drug treatments that slow the disease’s progression.

“It’s a very exciting and long-awaited first step on a journey to arrest the progression of lung scarring,” Lasky said. “We and others are working toward the goal of reversing the loss of lung function to restore patients’ quality of life.”

For more information on Tulane University’s Lung Center, visit http://tulane.edu/som/departments/medicine/pulmdis/lung-center/index.cfm

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu