Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute offers the full spectrum of diagnostic tests and treatments for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including chest x-ray, spirometry, lung volume tests, lung compliance tests, diffusion capacity testing, physiologic shunt studies, arterial blood gas testing, pulse oximetry testing, cardiopulmonary exercise test and methacholine challenge test. Cleveland Clinic also offers the full spectrum of surgical treatments for COPD such as lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant.
Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute, patients receive comprehensive, individualized patient care through our unique clinical programs and centers. Our COPD program brings together teams of specialists within different areas of care for the treatment of COPD including:
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Our Outcomes offer detailed information and data to help patients and their physicians make informed decisions about treatment for a wide-range of respiratory issues.
What We Treat
Treatment for COPD
Once our patients have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and thoroughly assessed, treatment begins with patient education and lifestyle changes. We strive to maximize our patients’ independence, reduce the severity of their symptoms and improve their ability to participate in daily activities.
- Patient education
- Lifestyle changes
- Risk factor modification
- Medications and device instruction
Tests for COPD
We offer a full spectrum of diagnostic tests to determine what treatment will be necessary for your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Alpha 1-Antitrypsin
- Arterial blood gas testing
- Cardiopulmonary exercise test
- Chest x-ray
- Diffusion capacity testing (gas diffusion study)
- Lung compliance tests
- Lung volume tests
- Methacholine challenge test
- Physiologic shunt studies
- Pulse oximetry testing
- Spirometry (Lung function test)
- Transtracheal oxygen therapy
Appointments & Locations
To make an appointment, please call 216.444.6503.
Virtual Second Opinions
If you cannot travel to Cleveland Clinic, help is available. You can connect with Cleveland Clinic specialists from any location in the world via a phone, tablet, or computer, eliminating the burden of travel time and other obstacles.
If you’re facing a significant medical condition or treatment such as surgery, this program provides virtual access to a Cleveland Clinic physician who will review the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Following a comprehensive evaluation of medical records and labs, you’ll receive an educational second opinion from an expert in their medical condition covering diagnosis, treatment options or alternatives as well as recommendations regarding future therapeutic considerations. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to speak with the physician expert directly to address questions or concerns.
Cleveland Clinic offers a number of free treatment guides covering a broad range of information related to Respiratory issues:
Get details on symptoms, causes and treatment for COPD from Cleveland Clinic's Health Library:
- COPD Overview
- Understanding COPD
- COPD Resources
- COPD Glossary of Terms
- How Your Lungs Work
- Preventing Respiratory Infection and Avoiding Irritants
- When to Call the Doctor About Your COPD Symptoms
Find medical, health and wellness news, information and insights from Cleveland Clinic's experts about COPD:
- 4 Biggest Myths About Your COPD — and How to Cope
- Can a Lung Transplant Cure COPD or Severe Asthma?
- COPD Fatigue Can Be Relentless, So Fight Back
- Even Smoking ‘Just’ One or Two Cigarettes a Day Increases Your Risk of Lung Disease
- Have COPD? Exercise Helps Keep You Out of the Hospital
- Struggling With COPD? Best to Stick With Your Pulmonary Rehab
Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic's site for physicians and healthcare professionals. Discover the latest COPD research insights, innovations, treatment trends and more:
- 1-Minute Consult: What Is the Role of Roflumilast in COPD?
- Improving Access to Transplant for the Sickest Cystic Fibrosis and COPD Patients
- Integrated Disease Management Programs Improve Short-Term Outcomes for COPD Patients
- The Long-Term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT): Implications for Prescribing Supplemental Oxygen for Patients with COPD
Research & Clinical Trials
Clinical trials (or research studies) help us create the medicine of tomorrow. They provide hope through offering testing of new drugs, new surgical techniques or other treatments before they are widely available.
We can help you access hundreds of clinical trials across all specialty areas. Our new searchable online trials tool makes identifying treatment opportunities easier than ever.
For Medical Professionals
Our secure online service, Dr.Connect, provides referring physicians access to patient’s treatment progress with streamlined communication from Cleveland Clinic physicians to your office, allowing continued participation in the ongoing care of patients. With the best possible treatment plans and coordinated care, our team approach benefits both the patient and the referring physician.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowships
Our pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowships provide board-certified general internists with the tools necessary to care for patients, who have complicated lung diseases and critical illnesses. During the three-year training period, which includes an 18-month core program and 18-month subspecialty track, fellows are exposed to a wide variety of medical problems in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute offers continuing medical education courses through the Center for Continuing Education. We are providers of AMA-approved continuing medical education (CME) units for physicians and physician assistants, and of continuing education units by the Ohio Nurses Association for nurses and by the Ohio Respiratory Care Board for respiratory therapists.