Center for Advanced Lung Care

The Center for Advanced Lung Care (CALC) is a new program supported by Lifespan and Brown Medicine that offers comprehensive care for patients with advanced lung and heart-lung diseases and unexplained difficulty breathing. The Center for Advanced Lung Care is a national leader with recognized expertise in treating and researching these diseases and conditions, while providing all patients with specialized, personalized, and compassionate care.

Led by internationally recognized doctors from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Center for Advanced Lung Care follows a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. This includes a team of pulmonologists, intensivists, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, and cardiac and thoracic surgeons along with nurses, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice providers.

The Center for Advanced Lung Care will treat all forms of pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs), acute and chronic pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs), interstitial lung diseases including pulmonary fibrosis (scarring disorders of the lungs), advanced airways disorders like severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and provide care for pregnant women with lung disease, sleep disorders or respiratory symptoms.

A Patient-Centered Approach for Lung Disease Care

Patients are assigned a patient navigator to help coordinate appointments, help patients understand referrals, assist with admissions and discharge paperwork and transitions of care, plan care goals for patients, and provide support and education about treatment options.

Regardless of the specific condition and degree of breathing impairment that patients experience when they come to the CALC, it is our goal to return patients to the highest quality of life possible. Although the results may be limited in some patients, our approach can be transformative – an individual experiencing severe shortness of breath that is homebound may return to work, travel, and enjoyment of their day-to-day lives.

Additional Services for Treating Lung Disease

The Center for Advanced Lung Care provides patents and families with personalized patient-centered services, including:

  • Comprehensive pulmonary function testing will be offered at the CALC location including pulmonary function testing, which assesses breathing patterns, echocardiography, which takes detailed ultrasound images of the function of the heart, imaging, including chest x-rays, CT scans and MRI imaging, as well as exercise testing, which mimics day-to-day life to understand why patients experience shortness of breath and fatigue.
  • Pharmacists offer counseling and co-management for complex treatment regimens, medication side effect support, medication reconciliation, and support access to treatment through Lifespan Specialty Pharmacy
  • Psychologists provide individual and group behavioral health treatment, coordination with palliative care, and psychiatric and psychotherapy referrals for patients and family/caregivers
  • Social workers liaise with physicians and psychologists to coordinate and enhance treatment goals, help patients access financial and other health and social assistance (e.g., in-home oxygen access, housing applications, etc.), create and maintain patient and family/caregiver support groups, and help patients with legal documents (e.g., medical power of attorney, living wills or advance directives).
  • Asthma education offered one-on-one or in a group session.
  • Pulmonary and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Condition-specific support groups in person and virtual
  • Genetic counseling services.