Pulmonary / Critical Care / Sleep Medicine
The San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Health Care System is dedicated to excellence and innovation in the care of Veterans with lung diseases, critical illness, and sleep disorders.
We offer a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic services for pulmonary and sleep disorders and are deeply committed to providing the highest quality care to our Veterans. Patients with pulmonary and sleep issues are evaluated in outpatient clinic appointments, inpatient consultations and, in appropriate cases, video telehealth and electronic consultations. The outpatient Chest Clinic at the SFVAMC is the second busiest specialty clinic at the SFVAMC (after Dermatology) and sees over 200 patients per month. We have a dedicated bronchoscopy suite on site at the SFVAMC for routine and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, including endobronchial ultrasound and electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy. In 2013, the SFVAMC was chosen to be one of eight VA sites nationally to initiate a Lung Cancer Screening Program. We continue to grow this program and have screened over 1,500 veterans in Northern California for lung cancer. The SFVAMC has an expanding Sleep Program with a Board-Certified Sleep Physician and dedicated sleep technicians, a sleep Nurse Practitioner and a sleep Respiratory Therapist. A new multi-bed Sleep Center will be completed in 2022. Pulmonary physicians also are the medical directors of the SFVAMC ICU, a combined MICU, SICU, and CCU. In our multi-disciplinary team, we provide complex care to critically ill Veteran patients and are the tertiary referral center for critically ill veteran patients in Northern California and Reno, Nevada. In addition to clinical excellence, we are committed to promoting excellence in academics through our research and educational endeavors and are advocates of ensuring the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do for our patients, colleagues, and trainees.