University Pulmonary and Critical Care has been providing exceptional and compassionate care to the region for more than 40 years. Our board-certified physicians and team of practitioners will work with you, your family and your primary care physician to ensure you receive the best treatment possible.

University Pulmonary and Critical Care welcomes physician consultations and referrals.

Our services include evaluation and treatment of:

Difficult Breathing:

Also referred to as Dyspnea- The feeling like you can’t get enough air.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking
Emphysema: a structural disease where the air sacs are damaged and lose their stretch. Less air gets in and out of the lungs, which makes you feel short of breath.


An inflammatory disease of the lungs characterized by reversible airway obstruction. Originally, a term used to mean “difficult breathing”; now used to denote bronchial asthma. Click here to read more.

Pulmonary Fibrosis:

"Fibrosis" is a term used to refer to scarring, so pulmonary fibrosis means scarring in the lungs.

Lung Cancer:

Lung cancer starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lungs. There usually are no signs or early symptoms of lung cancer.

Sleep Disorder:

Sleep problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless leg syndrome, are sleep disorders that affect your overall health. 

Acute/Chronic Pneumonia:

Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms. Acute pneumonia means it seldom occurs and chronic pneumonia means it lasts over a longer period of time usually one to three months.

Lung Nodules/Other X-Ray Abnormality:

Pulmonary nodules are an abnormality in the lung that is smaller than 3 cm in diameter. Generally, a pulmonary nodule must grow to at least 1 cm in diameter before it can be seen on a chest x-ray film.

Pulmonary Hypertension:

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a disorder that affects the pulmonary artery: the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs, and the hundreds of tiny blood vessels that branch off from it. PAH starts when these small vessels tighten up and become more narrow. As a result, the heart must work harder to push blood through the narrowed blood vessels. This leads to increased resistance and higher blood pressure in your lungs.

Bronchiectasis/Cystic Fibrosis:

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic is certified through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This clinic benefits over 100 adult Cystic fibrosis patients in the Knoxville and surrounding counties. People with cystic fibrosis have a defective gene that causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. The mucus in the lungs clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. The mucus in the pancreas prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients. These patients require constant monitoring of their lung function, their digestive function, their vitamin absorption and chronic lung infections.

Pulmonary Embolism:

Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel (artery) in the lung, usually by a blood clot.

Bronchoscopy: Diagnostic & Interventional:

Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look at your airway through a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. Diagnostic bronchoscopy is a procedure to help diagnose lung problems. Interventional bronchoscopy involves treatment of tumors, placement of stents, removal of aspirated foreign bodies, and is sometimes guided by ultrasound.

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Phone: (865) 524-7471
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