About Our Practice

Interventional pulmonology is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat lung disorders.  This includes lung cancer, emphysema, benign airway disorders and pleural diseases.

Diseases Treated

The Interventional Pulmonology Program offers a broad array of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures for complex airway disorders.  Diseases commonly diagnosed and treated by our Interventional Pulmonary Service include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lung nodule and lung mass
  • Mediastinal adenopathy/Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Benign tumors of the airways or lungs
  • Foreign object extraction
  • Hemoptysis (blood in sputum)
  • Malignant pleural effusion
  • Benign pleural effusion
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Bronchial stenosis
  • Complications of tracheostomy and intubation
  • Tracheobronchomalacia


Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

  • Ridgid Bronchoscopy with laser tumor debridement & endobrochial stenting
  • Radial EBUS & Electromagnetic Navigation (SuperDimension) for biopsy of peripheral nodules
  • EBUS-guided TBNA for the assessment of thoracic lymphadenopathy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Pleural Procedures:
  • Thoracentesis
  • Indwelling pleural catheter (PleurX)
  • Small bore Chest Tube
  • Pleuroscopy with pleural biopsy & pleurodesis
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty for poorly controlled asthma
  • Balloon Dilatation for tracheal & bronchial stenosis
  • Cryotherapy
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy
  • Bronchial Value Placement for persistent air leak

Our Team

Neil Ninan, MD – Interventional Pulmonologist
Jennifer Greenheck, APRN, DNP


Tulane School of Medicine  504-988-3541