Our team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with illnesses that affect the lungs and respiratory system. Cleveland Clinic Akron General specialists diagnose and treat diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung infections.

When needed, our pulmonary specialists routinely collaborate with hematologist/oncologists, infectious disease specialists and cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the best possible care for patients.



Pulmonary Function Lab and Sleep Laboratory

The Pulmonary Function Lab provides pulmonary function testing and diagnostics along with arterial blood gas analysis. Pulmonary function tests are specialized breathing tests performed to "fingerprint" the breathing cycle. These tests help to measure how well the lungs function in different respects. The tests performed include:

  • Blood gas analysis.
  • Bronchial provocation.
  • Bronchodilator responsiveness.
  • CPAP titration.
  • Diffusing capacity.
  • Exercise testing.
  • Lung volumes.
  • MSLT (mean sleep latency test).
  • MWT (maintenance of wakefulness test).
  • Polysomnography or sleep study.
  • Spirometry.


Diagnosis of some pulmonary diseases requires certain types of testing. Akron General offers a wide range of tests, including:

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage.
  • Bronchoscopy.
  • CT guided needle biopsy.
  • Minimally invasive VATS biopsy.
  • Open lung biopsy.
  • Pleural biopsy.
  • Pulmonary artery catheterization.
  • Superdimension electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy.
  • Thoracentesis.
  • Transbronchial biopsies.
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration.


In addition to certain types of tests, sometimes pulmonary diseases can be diagnosed using non- invasive imaging, including:

  • Chest x-rays.
  • CT scan of the chest.
  • MRI of the chest.
  • PET scanning of the chest.
  • Ventilation-perfusion scanning.

Treatment options

Treatment options for patients with an established pulmonary disease could include:

  • Aerosolized medications.
  • Airway care and suctioning.
  • Antibiotics.
  • Bronchial thermoplasty.
  • Chest physiotherapy.
  • Cryotherapy.
  • Endobronchial balloon dilatation.
  • Incentive spirometry.
  • Intubation.
  • Laser bronchoscopy.
  • Mechanical ventilation.
  • Non-invasive ventilation.
  • Oxygen therapy.
  • Steroids.
  • Tracheostomy.
  • Tracheobronchial stenting.
  • Transtracheal oxygen.
  • Vibratory therapy.
Our Team

Our Team

A dedicated team of pulmonologists, immunologists/allergists and critical care specialists provide exceptional care close to home.



To schedule an appointment, please call 330.344.6676.

Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute – Akron Office
24 W. Exchange St., Suite 380
Akron, OH 44302

Pulmonary Testing

To schedule an appointment, please call 330.344.5760.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Health & Wellness Center, Bath 
4125 Medina Road
Akron, OH 44333