Mayo Clinic's approach


At Mayo Clinic, most of the doctors who perform bronchoscopy have extra training in a new field of medicine called interventional pulmonology. Interventional pulmonologists work closely with lung surgeons, cancer specialists and pathologists to ensure the right procedure is performed.


Over 2,000 bronchoscopies are performed annually at Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, has two dedicated bronchoscopy suites.

Many techniques used for modern bronchoscopy were pioneered or developed at Mayo Clinic. In 1972, Dr. Howard A. Anderson and Dr. Robert S. Fontana first described the technique of lung biopsy by bronchoscopy.

In 1992, Udaya B. Prakash, M.D., was founding president of the American Association for Bronchology, now known as the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, as well as the first editor-in-chief of its journal.

Advanced technology

There are many advanced technologies that may be performed during bronchoscopy at Mayo Clinic, including:

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Balloon dilation
  • Placement of stents in the airways
  • Microknife treatment of strictures
  • Electromagnetic navigational (EMN) bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound biopsy (EBUS)
  • Radial endobronchial ultrasound biopsy (radial EBUS)
  • Argon plasma coagulation
  • Endobronchial laser treatment
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial cryotherapy and biopsy
  • Transbronchial cryobiopsy for diagnosis of interstitial lung disease
  • Placement of endobronchial valves for persistent air leaks

Expertise and rankings

The following physicians are board certified in interventional pulmonology by the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology:

  • Eric S. Edell, M.D.
  • Ryan M. Kern, M.D.
  • David E. Midthun, M.D.
  • John J. Mullon, M.D.
  • James P. Utz, M.D.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

Dec. 30, 2017
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