The Mount Sinai Queens pulmonology team specializes in treating a range of diseases and conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory tract such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and lung cancer. Our group of board certified pulmonologists, critical care physicians and surgeons, are available to treat emergent cases 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We recommend that anyone experiencing shortness of breath, be evaluated by a pulmonologist immediately. Asthmatic patients who do not experience relief within 40 minutes of using a rescue inhaler should also come to the hospital.
Diagnostic Procedures and Imaging
Pulmonary specialists are trained to use the latest diagnostic equipment including regular and flexible bronchoscopies — techniques that place a scope down the airways to help diagnose breathing conditions. We also offer advanced fluoroscopy along with bronchoscopy, an imaging procedure that uses x-ray technology to visualize structures such as the lungs and bronchial tubes. Pulmonary function testing is provided to evaluate and monitor patients who have breathing difficulties.
Biopsies are performed on patients who are suspected of having lung cancer or interstitial lung disease, which causes extensive scarring of the lung tissues. We have state-of-the-art imaging equipment including MRI and CAT scans located conveniently on-site.
Treatment and Therapies
We work closely with the patient to identify acute and chronic medications that manage active symptoms and keep future problems from developing. Rescue medications provide quick-acting relief, while controller medications are used for preventative care. Steroids and antibiotics are also prescribed when needed. Bronchodilator therapy, a medication that relaxes the muscles in the airway and makes it easier to breathe, is available for patients with COPD and asthma.
Our surgical staff performs a variety of procedures and surgeries including traditional and thoracoscopic lung resections to remove lung cancer.
Lung Cancer Care
With access to high-tech imaging and expert oncologists, pulmonologists and surgeons, the majority of our lung cancer patients can be conveniently treated in Queens. Pulmonologists and surgeons work closely with the oncology staff to administer chemotherapy in our infusion center located across the street from the Hospital. Patients with very rare tumors who require referrals at our Manhattan campus benefit from our seamless transport service, which makes transiting to our sister hospital easy and comfortable for patients.
We recognize that treating cancer involves caring for the entire person. Our staff is trained to help patients deal with the emotional challenges of living with cancer. Support services including social workers, palliative care specialists and pain management experts are available when needed.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Our critical care team specializes in dealing with emergency cases that may require the use of mechanical breathing support such as a ventilator. In addition to our pulmonary team, a specialist who is certified in critical care medicine is on the floor at all times to assist patients in the ICU. To ensure that our patients receive constant monitoring and attention, we also offer a one nurse to two patient ratio in the ICU.
Caring for Our Community
We are experts in dealing with the types of ailments that are prevalent in our neighborhood. At Mount Sinai Queens we commonly treat patients who have developed COPD from smoking. Our pulmonologist and nursing staff educate patients about smoking cessation and provide nicotine patches and nicotine replacement medications when needed.
Mount Sinai Queens
Physician Referral: 1-800-YOUR-MDs
Hospital Tel: 718-932-1000
25-10 30th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11102