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Lung Services/Pulmonology

Pulmonologists specialize in the care for your respiratory system. From your windpipe to your lungs, if you struggle with breathing or any part of your respiratory system are experiencing issues, a Memorial pulmonologist is who you need to see. 

Some conditions we treat:

Bronchitis              Bronchiectasis Chronic lung infections 
Occupational lung diseases  Pulmonary fibrosis  Pleurisy 
Pneumonia              COPD              Pulmonary Hypertension 
Tuberculosis Lung Cancer  Asthma
Meet our pulmonologists

Low Dose CT Screening

If you’re a smoker or former smoker, early detection of lung cancer is the key to preventing more serious problems. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung screening, available at Memorial Hospital, gives you the ability to take that first positive step to safeguard your health.

Screening is recommended for those who:

  • Are a current or a former heavy smoker
  • Have quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Are age 55 - 77

Call (228) 575-1775 to set up a pre-screening visit. 

With early detection, the survival rate for lung cancer increases to as high as 92%.

Robotic Bronchoscopy Can Provider Earlier Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Memorial was one of the first hospitals in the nation and the first in Mississippi to offer bronchoscopic procedures using the Auris Health Monarch Platform technology. From March 2019 to June 2021, Memorial pulmonologists have successfully completed 200 cases using the innovative technology, making it the most tenured team throughout the Gulf region, spanning from Louisiana to Florida.

The Monarch Platform integrates the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science, and endoscopy (the use of small cameras and tools to enter the body through its natural openings). The platform utilizes a controller-like interface that physicians use to navigate the flexible robotic endoscope to the periphery of the lung with improved reach, vision, and control.

Combining traditional endoscopic views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, the platform provides physicians with continuous bronchoscope vision throughout the entire procedure. The goal of this technology includes fighting lung cancer by allowing physicians to diagnose, and eventually treat, hard-to-reach, small peripheral nodules with greater precision than ever before.

More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer do not survive the disease, in part because it is often found at an advanced stage. With early detection, the survival rate for lung cancer increases to as high as 92%.

Learn more about the robotic bronchoscopy

Treating COVID-19 and Residual Effects

Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will affect people over time, but we are learning that COVID-19 can do serious damage to the lungs that can take a long time to heal, sometimes even resulting in a type of pneumonia. The resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems. Several surveys conducted in the U.S. and Italy are showing that only 39% of those who had been hospitalized because of COVID-19 reported a return to baseline health by 14-21 days after diagnosis. If you experienced hospitalization or extreme symptoms of COVID-19, it's crucial to report any respiratory issues to your primary care provider or a pulmonologist.