Advanced Lung and Airway Center
Our surgeons can handle complex cases close to home. Office locations offer care at Old Bridge Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and Bayshore Medical Center. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive and cutting-edge care for patients suffering from both cancerous and non cancerous diseases that affect breathing. Our program is led by internationally-renowned experts who have pioneered treatment and research of the lung and trachea.
Patients benefit from seamless access to a multidisciplinary team including thoracic surgeons, ear, nose and throat surgeons (ENT), pulmonologists, interventional pulmonologists, and specialized radiologists. Our patients have access to the latest technologies, clinical trials, and the most advanced software to deliver optimal results throughout their care journey. Lung and airway disorders are often complex and require extensive evaluation and specialized procedures, therefore, our specialists develop a personalized care plan for each individual patient.
Lung and Airway Diseases and Cancers
Airway diseases include non-cancerous and cancerous disorders of the windpipes that affect speech and breathing. These disorders develop in the windpipes that travel from the larynx to the lungs. There are many forms of airway diseases that are often misdiagnosed as other lung conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Other disorders are often caused by prolonged intubation, tracheostomy or auto-immune disorders. Cancers include tumors of the lung, larynx or thyroid and can also be caused by tumors from other regions of the body such as the breasts, kidney, colon and skin which have spread to the thoracic region.
Conditions We Treat
We specialize in screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide range of respiratory conditions, such as: lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, interstitial lung diseases, and more, including;
SymptomsPatients should seek medical attention when they are known to have a narrowing of the windpipe or when they develop worsening symptoms such as:
- Chest congestion, with inability to clear mucus
- Severe coughing that sounds like a barking seal
- Shortness of breath with exercise or exertion and even at rest
- Stridor (a high-pitched sound during inhaling or exhaling)
- Wheezing sounds as you breathe out
Services We Provide
Our multidisciplinary approach provides patients with complete care for the most complex diseases of lung and airway, our services include:
- Airway and endo-laryngeal stenting
- Bronchoscopy ablation therapy
- Endobronchial valve for advanced Emphysema
- Laryngoscopy or bronchoscopy with balloon or rigid dilation
- Laser therapy
- Light therapy
- Steroid injections
- Surgery and reconstruction
- Robotic Bronchoscopy
- Robotic Surgery
Meet the Team
Thoracic Surgeons Perform the First Robotic Resection Surgery for Malignant Thymoma
Surgeons affiliated with Hackensack Meridian JFK University Medical Center’s Advanced Lung and Airway Center successfully performed the first robotic resection of malignant thymoma, a cancer of the thymus gland, followed by installation of heated chemotherapy into the chest. This is the first time this surgery has been performed in the State of New Jersey. Learn more.
Robotic Bronchoscopy with Ion
We offer the most advanced Robotic Bronchoscopy technology in Central New Jersey. Our ION Bronchoscopy system enables greater precision for biopsy compared to manual techniques and improves our ability to diagnose lung cancer at the earliest stage when it is most treatable. If surgery is needed, patients benefit from our minimally invasive robotic surgery, with smaller incisions and faster recovery times.