Lung Disease and Respiratory Care (Pulmonary)

COVDI-19: Masks Recommendation for Pulm Patients

A note about mask-wearing for patients with lung disease: If you have severe lung disease, such as COPD or asthma, we still recommend you wear a face covering. It has been reported that masks do not allow you take in enough oxygen, or that they increase CO2 levels, but there is no medical evidence to support these claims. For more information, visit our Mask-Wearing for Pulmonary Patients page.

Treating a Wide Variety of Pulmonary Problems

U of M Health Pulmonology is a nationally ranked specialty by US News & World Report 2022-23.

Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care specialists at the University of Michigan focus on pulmonary (respiratory) disorders and critical illnesses (conditions such as shock, respiratory failure, and multiple organ failure). Our comprehensive clinics provide multidisciplinary care by dedicated teams to treat the full scope of pulmonary issues including asthma, COPD and emphysema and cystic fibrosis.

From patient education and expert diagnostic testing to the newest treatments and follow-up care, we treat the whole person, creating individualized plans of care to meet each patient’s needs.

Accredited, Approved Care for Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Fibrosis and LAM

  • Accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, our Cystic Fibrosis Program is the largest of its kind in the state, and has received Quality Improvement Awards from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for sustaining quality improvement work that led to better health outcomes for people with cystic fibrosis.
  • We have been designated as a Specialized Center of Research for pulmonary fibrosis by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 15 years.
  • Our dedicated LAM (lymphangioleiomyomastosis) Clinic is the only LAM Foundation-approved clinic in the state of Michigan.

Research Studies for Respiratory Disorders and Critical Illnesses

Investigators at the University of Michigan are actively involved in multiple research studies to understand, diagnose, and develop new treatments for pulmonary disorders. Clinical trials are an important part of our program, and can provide novel treatment therapies to patients before they are available widely. At any time, you can ask your doctor or any of our health care professionals about opportunities, or you can view or sign up for studies that are currently recruiting participants at

Video: Improving Access to Care

Part of the Helping the World to Breathe Video Series created for the American Thoracic Society (ATS), these videos highlight the initiatives that University of Michigan Health is executing to address the respiratory needs of patients and their families.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment for evaluation of your lung or breathing issue, call us at 888-287-1084.