Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

An axial PET/CT scan of a right upper lobe pulmonary nodule

An axial PET/CT scan of a right upper lobe pulmonary nodule, showing increased metabolic activity in the pulmonary nodule and the right paratracheal lymph nodes. Increased metabolic activity may be due to cancer, infection or inflammation.



Pulmonary researchers at CPMC are pioneering new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, and sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. New research among this group is also aimed at improving outcomes for patients with cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary hypertension.

To deliver the highest quality and most comprehensive treatment for patients with respiratory disorders and critical illnesses, research is integrated with patient care in the intensive care units and advanced lung clinics.


Benson Chen, M.D.
Ryan Dougherty, M.D.
George Horng, M.D.
Brandon Lu, M.D.
Sean Townsend, M.D.

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