Dr. Ferguson Heads Up UW Health's New Interventional Pulmonology Program
UW Health introduces a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to interventional pulmonology. Interventional pulmonology involves advanced diagnostic procedures and interventional procedures for evaluation, staging and therapy of cancers, as well as treatment of structural airway disorders and the evaluation and potential palliation of pleural disease.
Dr. J. Scott Ferguson is the director of the UW Health Interventional Pulmonology Program. He has been directly involved in the care of oncology patients for several years and serves on national committees dedicated to improving the care of the pulmonary patient.
He serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He is an invited speaker at many national and local meetings on topics related to lung cancer and severe emphysema, and has participated in several multi-center studies related to bronchoscopy.
"One of the main reasons that I came to the University of Wisconsin was because of the focus on the multidisciplinary approach to patient care," says Dr. Ferguson.
Dr. Ferguson and colleague Dr. Mark Regan work closely with radiology, thoracic surgery, oncology and pulmonary departments focused on the care of pulmonary patients.
The Interventional Pulmonology Program also teams up with physicians at the UW Carbone Cancer Center to provide all-inclusive care to patients. Ferguson is a member of the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program. They currently meet in the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic and have weekly conferences to discuss patient cases and review imaging.
Diseases that are common to this practice are undiagnosed lung masses, lung cancer, metastatic cancers, pleural effusions, tracheal and bronchial stenosis and severe emphysema. Patient procedures offered include:
- Endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy
- Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
- Virtual imaging guided diagnostic procedures
- Rigid bronchoscopy
- Laser bronchoscopy
- Argon plasma coagulation
- Stent placement
- Balloon bronchoplasty
- Medical thoracoscopy
- Indwelling pleural catheter placement and others
The Interventional Pulmonology Program uses several tools during bronchoscopy to investigate small lung nodules and lymph nodes that may be cancerous. With electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, lesions can be approached that are too small for conventional bronchoscopic evaluation. Biopsies performed with this technique may allow for an earlier diagnosis.
"Combined with the established programs in endobronchial ultrasound and CT-guided needle biopsies, we believe that we will be able to offer very accurate minimally-invasive diagnostic, staging and treatment strategies for patients," according to Dr. Ferguson.
Additional interventional techniques are available for treatment and palliation of the patient. Future developments are likely.
Dr Ferguson states, "We hope to have minimally-invasive techniques for treatment of severe emphysema and asthma in the near future. These additions will be great enhancement to the already established programs in asthma and severe COPD."
The Interventional Pulmonology Clinic requires physician referrals. To schedule an appointment, please call the UW Health Access Center at (608) 472-0111. The clinic is held at UW Hospital and Clinics located at 600 Highland Ave., in Madison.