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Interventional Pulmonology Center

We have a comprehensive Interventional Pulmonology Center at OUHSC, first-of-its-kind in the state of Oklahoma, that provides advanced interventional pulmonology services with minimally-invasive techniques to diagnose, stage and treat diseases of trachea, bronchi, pleura, mediastinum and esophagus. These techniques are performed through the patients natural orifices (airway and esophagus), obviating the need for surgery and incision (exceptions include diseases of pleura, where incision is needed).

Our comprehensive Interventional Pulmonology program offers the following: 

  • EBUS (endobronchial USG) and EUS (esophageal USG), for diagnosis and comprehensive staging of early and advanced lung cancer and metastatic lung disease, including adrenal and liver biopsy (in selected cases)
  • Diagnosis of mediastinal and paraoesophageal/paratracheal masses of uncertain etiology (inflammatory, infectious, malignant)
  • Navigation bronchoscopy for diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules and management of lung nodules
  • Cryo-biopsies for diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases
  • Broncho-thermoplasty for treatment of severe persistent asthma 
  • Placement of endobronchial valves for treatment of persistent air leak and, in the future, to establish bronchoscopic lung volume reduction surgery (BLVRS) in appropriate patients with severe COPD
  • Placement of pleuraX catheter
  • Thoracoscopy/Medical Pleuroscopy and associated pleural biopsies for diagnosis of malignant   mesothelioma, chronic undiagnosed pleural effusion and malignant pleural effusion (in uncertain cytological cases)
  • Pleurodesis for appropriate patients with pneumothorax and malignant pleural effusion
  • Diagnosis and treatment of exudative and fibrino-purulent empyemas
  • Treatment of malignant and non-malignant central airway obstruction
  • Placement of tracheobronchial stents in appropriate patients
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy and associated tumor debulking in central airway obstruction using laser,   electrocautery, APC, PDT and other advanced therapies
  • Treatment of tracheo-bronchomalacia and excessive dynamic airway collapse with silicone stents and or CPAP in appropriately selected cases
  • Endo-bronchial treatment of complications associated with lung transplant (referrals from transplant center)
  • Management of massive hemoptysis
  • Whole lung lavage in patients with Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Placement of peg tubes
  • Placement of percutaneous tracheostomy

Fawad Chaudry, MD, FCCP joined OUHSC in October 2018 as an Interventional Pulmonologist Intensivist and Sleep Specialist and is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

His goal is to establish state-of-the-art Interventional Pulmonology Center here at OU Medical Center. His dream and wish is to help people of Oklahoma and surrounding regions to the best of his capabilities and provide available resources, most of the advanced care locally. 

His full-time Interventional Pulmonology Clinic is in the Stevenson Cancer Center (SCC) and he is serving jointly as part of the Stevenson Cancer Center and the Pulmonary & Critical Care section. 

He is currently board certified in internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care, sleep medicine and interventional pulmonology. 

He completed a fellowship in interventional pulmonology and in advanced thoracic interventional endoscopy at Centre Hospitalier de l Universite de Montreal, Canada. He also completed additional fellowships in: sleep medicine at the University at Buffalo, New York; critical care medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; and pulmonary diseases at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, New Jersey.

He completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (with SJRMC), New Jersey, and earned a medical degree in Pakistan.

He is a Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians ( ACCP) and holds active memberships to ATS, AASM, SCCM and APPNA.