Our Practice

University Pulmonary and Critical Care (UPCC) physicians and nurse practitioners specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of inpatient critical care patients who are typically hospitalized as well as diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary conditions in an outpatient setting.


 

UPCC has provided exceptional care for patients with critical pulmonary conditions, pulmonary diseases or sleep disorders since 1972. The patient population most served includes east Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky, western North Carolina and northern Georgia.

We strive to employ state of the art diagnostic and treatment modalities to address our patients’ pulmonary corcerns. Compassionate expert care is provided by our physicians and nurse practitioners. We are proud to provide specialty services by creating clinics for specific diseases. We provide Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Interventional Pulmonary, Chest Service, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension specialty clinics. Please visit our Patient Education section to learn more about these services.

Much of our clinical focus is on inpatients with acute pulmonary illness, as well as critically ill patients requiring advanced medical critical care at University of Tennessee Medical Center where our physicians staff the Critical Care Medicine service. Our physicians rotate their services between the hospital and the outpatient clinic. We have highly trained nurse practitioners that see patients in the office for follow up and acute visits. The nurse practitioners also see patients after being discharged from the hospital.

University Pulmonary and Critical Care is located in The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Heart Lung and Vascular Institute and board certified physicians are faculty members of the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine.

Procedures performed by our physicians include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) guided biopsies
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Therapeutic Bronchoscopy with tumor destruction using cautery, thermal ablation and cryotherapy
  • Tracheobronchial Dilation and Stenting
  • Removal of Aspirated Foreign Objects
  • Placement of Pleural Catheters
  • Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter Placement
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma

A complete range of pulmonary services that are performed in our office include Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Arterial Blood Gas (ABG), 6 Minute Walk Test, Methacholine Challenge, Chest X-rays, and Cardiac Pulmonary Exercise Testing (CPE). These may be ordered during the evaluation and management for the variety of lung related illnesses we treat.

We work as a consultant to your primary care physician and sometimes only a single office visit is necessary to clarify a diagnosis or update treatment plans. In other situations, longer pulmonary follow-up is recommended. When ongoing pulmonary visits are needed, those will generally be performed by our highly trained nurse practitioners. There is a high degree of collaboration between our nurse practitioners and the physicians and any un-expected findings will be reviewed by our physicians. All chest x-rays done in our office are reviewed by a physician. Often, once our evaluation is completed and furnished to your primary care provider, long-term follow up here will not be needed.
 

We strongly believe in education for our patients, the community, and the training of medical students, resident physicians, pulmonary fellows, pharmacy students, and nurse practitioner students.  That is why all physicians are board certified and serve as faculty for UT Graduate Medical School of Medicine.

The three-year Pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program at University Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine  provides the medicine residency program graduate with the opportunity to obtain the education, training, clinical skills and research experience necessary to become an outstanding and compassionate pulmonary and critical care consultant and to pursue a clinical academic career or a clinic practice in pulmonary medicine.

Specialty Clinic: Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic- Dr. Jared Kravitz

This clinic is specifically designed for patient who have pulmonary fibrosis/ interstitial lung disease. Pulmonary fibrosis is a term used to refer to scarring, so pulmonary fibrosis means scarring in the lungs. The interstitium is a very thin network of tissue that extends throughout both lung. The interstitium provides support to the microscopic lung sacs (alveoli). This is where gas exchange occurs. The interstitium cannot be seen on chest xrays or CT scans. There are many causes of interstitial lung disease, such as: long-term exposure to hazardous materials, coal dust or asbestos. This disease can be caused by some autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.

UPCC will provide you and your family member exceptional and compassionate care. Contact us at 865-524-7471.
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Phone: (865) 524-7471
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