Lung Care

Nebraska Medicine's pulmonary disease program has been recently ranked as a high performing program by U.S. News and World Report. Many of our pulmonary specialists subspecialize in areas such as lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, asthma and sleep medicine, making them true experts in their fields. Not only that, our pulmonary specialists are trained to treat some of the sickest and most complex patients. And when it's time to recover, our pulmonary rehabilitation program will help you build endurance, breathe more efficiently and maximize your quality of life.

Service Options

Nebraska Medicine Has Lengthy Record of Helping Others Breathe Better:

Advanced Treatment of Pulmonary Diseases

Doctors at Nebraska Medicine offer advanced treatment for pulmonary diseases. Our sleep laboratory, pulmonary function test laboratory, advanced respiratory therapy services, cystic fibrosis clinic and pulmonary rehabilitation are some of the services available to help you manage a variety of conditions or challenges such as:

  • asthma
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • cystic fibrosis
  • lung disease, both environmental and occupational
  • lung cancer
  • sleep disorders
  • smoking cessation

Personalized Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

You will work with a team of health care providers that may include a respiratory therapist, physical and occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist or social worker who will work closely with you to develop an individual therapy program to help you reach your maximum potential. Our pulmonary rehabilitation program incorporates a variety of strategies designed to help you improve your endurance and muscle strength, achieve your ideal body weight, manage your disease better and breathe more efficiently. This may include exercise training, nutritional counseling, education on your disease or condition, energy-conserving techniques, breathing strategies and psychological counseling. A typical program lasts six to 12 weeks with three visits a week.

Comprehensive Cystic Fibrosis Program

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at Nebraska Medicine is the only comprehensive program of its type in the region. The program uses a multi-disciplinary approach to care, which includes dedicated physicians, respiratory therapists, clinical coordinators, dietitians, nurse practitioners, social worker and a research coordinator. Studies show that those who are treated at a dedicated cystic fibrosis center are able to manage their disease with the greatest success and have the longest survival rates.

Accredited Sleep Disorders Center

The Sleep Disorders Center has been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) since 1991, the gold standard by which sleep disorder centers are evaluated and rated. Our sleep lab is staffed by medical experts specially trained to diagnose and treat multiple sleep disorders to help get you back on the road to a good night’s sleep.

First Lung Transplant Program in the Region

The only one of its kind in the region, Nebraska Medicine's lung transplant program means that patients in the region no longer have to travel hundreds of miles for a lung transplant or for post-transplant care. Nebraska Medicine is home to one of the most reputable and well-known organ transplant programs in the country. In the decades since the first transplant in 1970, its nationally and internationally renowned specialists have performed thousands of heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and intestinal transplants.

Accreditations and Awards

Nebraska Medicine is ranked among the nation’s best. Each year, U.S. News and World Report surveys the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals to come up with the year’s list of Best Hospitals. Just 3 percent of the hospitals analyzed for Best Hospitals earn national ranking in even one specialty. We were recognized as a high-performing hospital in pulmonary medicine in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.