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Pulmonary Care

Whether it’s from a common cold or a particularly strenuous workout, everyone experiences shortness of breath at some point in their life. But when it happens on a daily basis, or you’re breathing very heavily after just a short walk, it might be time to see a pulmonologist.

Pulmonologists specialize in pulmonary care — health care for diseases of the respiratory tract (upper airway and lungs). When working correctly, the parts of the respiratory system help you breathe normally and comfortably.

At Stormont Vail Health, our pulmonologists’ goal is to help you keep your respiratory tract healthy so that you can breathe easily. Additionally, we want to make sure that we help with other needs that arise during pulmonary care. We have specialists in nutritional and dietary education, emotional health care, spiritual guidance, and financial assistance available for our patients.

As you receive pulmonary care, we also recommend that you keep up regular appointments with your primary care provider. He or she can perform physicals, screen for illnesses and treat common health conditions, such as strep throat or the flu, to keep your whole body as healthy as possible.

Conditions We Treat

Our pulmonologists are able to treat many types of breathing and lung problems. The most common ones we treat include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    This disease blocks airflow from the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. It has two main forms — chronic bronchitis (long-term cough with mucus) and emphysema (damage to your lungs that develops over time). Many cases are caused by smoking tobacco products.
  • Asthma

    Your airways narrow and become swollen. They also produce extra mucus. This can cause bouts of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Some people have symptoms at all times, while others experience asthma attacks that are triggered by certain situations, such as viral infections, exercising, cold air, or being exposed to an allergen.
  • Lung Cancer

    This is one of the most common cancers. It is usually categorized into two types — non-small cell and small cell. Most cases are caused by cigarette smoking. However, non-smokers also develop lung cancer.
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

    Your lungs become scarred or inflamed, making it difficult to get enough oxygen into your bloodstream. Some cases are caused by long-term exposure to hazardous materials, such as asbestos or coal dust. Others are caused by autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, the cause is unknown.
  • Pleural Effusion

    Fluid builds up between your chest cavity and lungs. The excess fluid can have many causes, including infections, tumors, and congestive heart failure. Pleural effusion can cause chest pain, cough, shortness of breath, and rapid breathing.
  • Sleep Apnea

    While you’re sleeping, your upper airway becomes blocked. This can reduce or completely stop airflow, causing sleep disruption and staying awake during the day. Sleep apnea can increase your risk for many health conditions, including hypertension, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Narcolepsy

    This condition causes excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis (being unable to move as you fall asleep or wake up) and hallucinations. You may fall asleep suddenly in the middle of the day, even while doing activities such as driving or eating.
  • Chronic Cough

    A cough is called “chronic” when it lasts eight weeks or longer in adults, or four weeks or longer in children. It can cause you to have difficulty sleeping, leading to exhaustion. Severe cases can lead to lightheadedness, vomiting, and even fractures in your ribs.

Our Treatments and Services

Pulmonary Function Tests

Pulmonary function tests measure how well you’re breathing and how your lungs are functioning.

There are several types of pulmonary function tests. These may include:

  • Spirometry: During the test, you will breathe into a mouthpiece called a spirometer. It measures the amount of air you exhale, as well as how quickly you exhale.
  • Lung volume test: This test is similar to spirometry, but you will be in a small, clear room. We are able to test how much air your lungs can hold by measuring changes in the pressure inside of the room.
  • Lung diffusion: You will breathe in and out of a tube so that we can measure how well oxygen passes from your lungs into your bloodstream.
  • Pulse oximetry: A small device is placed on your finger, and it measures the amount of oxygen in your blood.
    Arterial blood gas test: We will draw blood from one of your arteries and test it for gases, such as carbon dioxide and oxygen.

Other Tests and Procedures

In addition to pulmonary function tests, we also provide several other types of procedures and treatments. Some of the most common include:

  • Chest X-rays

    X-rays produce detailed images of your lungs, heart and chest wall. Using these images, we can diagnose or monitor conditions that are causing shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, persistent cough, or chest injury.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) of the Chest

    CT scans create 3D images to show the shape, size and position of the lungs within your chest. They are often used to find the cause of shortness of breath or chest pain, or to look for lung problems, such as tumors, fluid around the lungs or pneumonia.
  • Bronchoscopy

    A tiny camera attached to a thin tube (bronchoscope) is passed down into your lungs. Bronchoscopies are commonly used to diagnose the cause of a chronic cough, infection, or abnormality from an X-ray or CT scan. They can also be used to collect tissue samples, remove objects stuck in your lungs, or check enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.
  • Thoracentesis

    A small needle is inserted into the space between your lungs and chest wall (pleural space) and allows us to drain excess fluid (pleural effusion). Thoracentesis can be performed to make it easier to breathe, as well as to diagnose the cause of your pleural effusion.
  • Chest Tube Placement

    During a chest tube placement, a tube connected to a suction device is inserted into your chest wall. It allows us to remove large amounts of fluid over a period of time (days or weeks).

Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy, may require diagnosis or treatment in our Sleep Clinic. Some patients may also need sleep studies, which can be done at home or in our Sleep Center.

Adult Intensivist Program

Our adult intensivist program is designed for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit, allowing for continuous monitoring and treatment. Patients in this program have severe illnesses, such as acute respiratory failure, that may require a ventilator (machine to help them breathe). We also often see patients who are being hospitalized for trauma, stroke, post-operative complications, or sepsis (a life-threatening complication of infection).

Inpatient Pulmonary/Sleep Medical Consultation Service

We see patients who are hospitalized at Stormont Vail for pulmonary or sleep concerns. We provide bedside consultations designed to help identify and treat these disorders.

Our Location

Patients receiving outpatient pulmonary care are seen in the Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine office on the third floor of the Cotton O’Neil Mulvane location.

Inpatient care is provided at both of Stormont Vail’s two Critical Care units at the main hospital.

Meet Our Pulmonary Providers

Our care team is committed to providing you with top-notch pulmonary care.

Joshua T. Ault

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Jessica Boehle

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care
Pulmonology/Critical Care

Vlad Dimitriu

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Molly Gilmore

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care
Pulmonology/Critical Care

Zebida Lisso

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Shawn M. Magee

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care
Sleep Medicine
Sleep Medicine

Salah Najm

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Hassan Taha

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Miguel Tsukayama Oda

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care

Chelsea M. Williams

Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care


Next Steps For Patients

Make an Appointment

  • To make a follow-up appointment at the Pulmonary Care, call (785) 270-4440.
  • New patients are seen on a referral basis only. If your provider has already submitted a referral, call (785) 270-4440 to schedule your first appointment.
  • If you need a referral, call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with a primary care provider.

See a Primary Care Provider

  • Call (785) 270-4440 to schedule an appointment with your Stormont Vail primary care provider.
  • Not a Stormont Vail patient? Call (785) 270-4440 to set up your first appointment with one of our primary care providers.

Check With Your Insurance

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to learn about coverage. Click here for a list of Kansas Insurance Company phone numbers and websites.


You can stay connected to Stormont Vail through our online portal, MyChart. The portal lets you schedule an E-Visit or appointment, renew prescriptions, view your medical records and test results, and contact your care team.

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Next Steps For Referring Providers

  • If you are a Stormont Vail provider, refer your patient via the Epic work queue.
  • If you are an outside provider, call (785) 354-9591 to refer your patient.