Lung Disease Care

Our lung care experts offer innovative lung health treatments to help you breathe easier and enjoy a better quality of life.

Lung Disease Care

Our lung care experts offer innovative lung health treatments to help you breathe easier and enjoy a better quality of life.

Easier Breathing Through Expert Lung Care

At the USC Center for Advanced Lung Disease, we provide care for all advanced lung conditions, from severe asthma to lung cancer. Our team brings together every resource to give you the best care possible. We partner with your referring doctor to fully evaluate your condition and diagnose you. We also offer low-cost lung cancer screening to help aid in your diagnosis.

Our personalized, multidisciplinary approach and coordinated care plans involve many medical specialists, including infectious disease physicians, thoracic surgeons, endocrinologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, radiologists, otolaryngologists, physical therapists and transplant surgeons, depending on your needs. We create a treatment plan just for you and support you and your family at every stage of your care.

Conditions We Treat 

  • Asthma (severe) 
  • Atypical infections 
  • Bronchiectasis 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Interstitial lung disease 
  • Long COVID-19 
  • Primary nodules 
  • Rare lung diseases 
  • Sarcoidosis 
  • Sleep-disordered breathing 

Treatments We Offer

  • Bronchial thermoplasty, an innovative outpatient treatment that provides long-lasting control of severe, uncontrolled asthma 
  • Interventional pulmonology 
  • Lung transplant 
  • Medications and drug treatments 
  • Nutrition support 
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation 
  • Thoracic surgery 
  • Treatment for pulmonary hypertension related to interstitial lung disease 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need a referral to see a pulmonologist at the USC Center for Advanced Lung Disease?  

No. Book an appointment here. 

 

Do I need my medical records to see a pulmonologist? 

Yes, it’s very helpful to have your records, so we can streamline the treatment process. However, repeat/additional testing is available, as needed. 

 

How can a nurse navigator help me?  

Our nurse navigators help identify the most appropriate pulmonologist for your care, obtain your medical records when needed, facilitate scheduling all of your appointments, coordinate your medication refills and coordinate referrals to specialty providers.    

Working Together to Speed Your Recovery Time

Our doctors take part in research studies and clinical trials, so you get the highest quality of care and the safest treatments available.

We offer many noninvasive procedures to speed your recovery time.

We are known for our expertise in treating the most severe cases of advanced lung disease.

We provide blood draws and pulmonary tests in our clinic, so you don’t have to travel to another location to get labs done.

We are an accredited care center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for our high quality of care for this disorder.

Our nurse navigator can help coordinate your care and facilitate your treatments, making it easier for you to navigate complex medical procedures.

Our Team

Scott M. Atay, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more

Craig J. Baker, MD

Accepting new patients
Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Transplant Surgery  View more
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery

Fernando Fleischman, MD

Accepting new patients
Co-Director, USC Comprehensive Aortic Center
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endovascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery  View more

Sukgu M. Han, MD

Accepting new patients
Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular T ...
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

Takashi Harano, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Transplant Surgery  View more

Cynthia S. Herrington, MD

Accepting new patients
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surg ...
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Ming Lu Huang, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Anthony W. Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery

Raymond C. Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more

William M. Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Gregory A. Magee, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery & Aerospace and Mech ...
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

Miguel F. Manzur, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Elizabeth A. Miranda, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Vascular Surgery

Christian J. Ochoa, MD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Sanjeet G. Patel, Phd, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiac Transplant Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Disease  View more
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation

Jonathan A. Praeger, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation  View more
Specialties
Vascular Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Graeme M. Rosenberg, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Airway Intervention and Reconstruction, Lung Cancer  View more

Corinne Rosenberg, PA-C

Accepting new patients
Advance Practice Provider Manager, Cardiac and Vascular Surg ...
Specialties
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Chia-Ding Shih, DPM

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Podiatry, Podiatric Surgery and Limb Salvage, Vascular Surgery

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD

Accepting new patients
Chair, Department of Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more

Tze-Woei Tan, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Aortic Disease, Endovascular Therapy  View more

Brooks V. Udelsman, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Foregut Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Winfield J. Wells, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Sean Conor Wightman, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Airway Intervention and Reconstruction

Kenneth R. Ziegler, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

Scott M. Atay, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more

Craig J. Baker, MD

Accepting new patients
Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more
Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Transplant Surgery  View more
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Fernando Fleischman, MD

Accepting new patients
Co-Director, USC Comprehensive Aortic Center
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Endovascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery  View more

Cynthia S. Herrington, MD

Accepting new patients
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surg ...
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Ming Lu Huang, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Anthony W. Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more

Raymond C. Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more

Sanjeet G. Patel, Phd, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiac Transplant Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Disease  View more
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation

Jonathan A. Praeger, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation  View more

Vaughn A. Starnes, MD

Accepting new patients
Chair, Department of Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant Surgery  View more

Winfield J. Wells, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
Specialties
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

Scott M. Atay, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more

Takashi Harano, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Transplant Surgery  View more

Anthony W. Kim, MD

Accepting new patients
Division Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer  View more

Graeme M. Rosenberg, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Airway Intervention and Reconstruction, Lung Cancer  View more

Brooks V. Udelsman, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Foregut Surgery

Sean Conor Wightman, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery, Lung Cancer, Airway Intervention and Reconstruction
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery
Specialties
Thoracic Surgery

Sukgu M. Han, MD

Accepting new patients
Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular T ...
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

William M. Lee, MD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Gregory A. Magee, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery & Aerospace and Mech ...
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

Miguel F. Manzur, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Elizabeth A. Miranda, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Vascular Surgery

Christian J. Ochoa, MD

Accepting new patients
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy
Specialties
Vascular Surgery

Chia-Ding Shih, DPM

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Podiatry, Podiatric Surgery and Limb Salvage, Vascular Surgery

Tze-Woei Tan, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Aortic Disease, Endovascular Therapy  View more
Professor of Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy

Kenneth R. Ziegler, MD

Accepting new patients
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
Specialties
Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Therapy, Aortic Disease

Corinne Rosenberg, PA-C

Accepting new patients
Advance Practice Provider Manager, Cardiac and Vascular Surg ...
Specialties
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery

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