Interventional Pulmonology Overview

Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Fellowship

People with lung and airway (pulmonary) or chest (thoracic) diseases benefit from the services of our interventional pulmonology specialists. They are expert in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including robotic bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, pleuroscopy and comprehensive evaluation of airway conditions.

Our interventional pulmonology doctors work closely with a multispecialty team that includes thoracic surgeons, cancer (oncology) specialists, pathologists and other specialists as needed. Together they develop an individualized treatment plan for you that's based on the full range of options, comprehensive evaluation, accurate diagnosis, and your concerns and goals.

Innovations in care

Our interventional pulmonologists are at the forefront of innovation in advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, such as robotic bronchoscopy. This breakthrough technique allows health care professionals to see and biopsy parts of the lung that were previously inaccessible. It offers better precision and control while biopsying nodules in or near the airway, and it has been proved to decrease the time from diagnosis to treatment.

Another innovation in care used at Mayo Clinic is endoscopic lung volume reduction with endobronchial valves. This procedure is used to treat people experiencing problems related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Only a few centers nationwide offer this treatment.

Conditions treated

Tests and procedures

  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Balloon dilation
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial cryotherapy and biopsy
  • Endobronchial laser treatment
  • Endobronchial ultrasound biopsy
  • Endoscopic lung volume reduction
  • Foreign body removal
  • Microknife treatment of strictures
  • Placement of endobronchial valves for persistent air leaks
  • Placement of stents in the airways
  • Pleuroscopy
  • Radial endobronchial ultrasound biopsy
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheostomy placement and management
  • Transbronchial cryobiopsy for diagnosis of interstitial lung disease

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for pulmonology by U.S. News and World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for respiratory disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

March 04, 2022