Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Division is a multi-faceted Division with full time faculty who provide care for any form of acute or chronic lung disease or critical Illness.

The mission of the Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Division is to provide the best clinical care available for patients with lung disease and associated medical illnesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We feel that this care can best be delivered within the VCU Health System. Our mission is further to provide the best teaching of lung disease and associated disorders to future physicians. Finally, we strive to explore critically important lung and vascular and metabolic diseases through organized research.

VCU is a flourishing medical center of excellence in respiratory and critical care medicine. Seeing high numbers of patients helps our doctors develop specialized knowledge that is built on years of experience. Division faculty have extensive training and experience in caring for patients exactly like you, and it shows. This knowledge and experience gives our patients the best chance for getting the treatment and care to help them feel better and live healthier and more productive lives.

From the initial visit through follow-up, VCU's pulmonologists work hard to know each patient’s concerns and then to set about creating an individualized and thorough treatment plan. Our team includes pulmonary physicians, cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, pulmonary nurse specialists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and transplantation specialists. We are committed to providing all patients solace, answers, options and results.

Division faculty are always searching for better ways to help patients. VCU’s Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Division has an active pulmonary clinical trials program. We've led research into the causes of COPD, emphysema, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis and acute lung injury. We always lead the search for safer and more effective therapies for these problems. Engaging in clinical trials research allows the VCU faculty to find the best new therapy for our patients.

Clinical Division faculty have both outpatient and inpatient practices where care for patients occurs. The Division currently has 19 clinical faculty and five research faculty. Clinical faculty are regional and national award winning teachers and clinicians who provide the best patient care available in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Outpatients are cared for in the Ambulatory Care Center on the VCU Medical Center Campus, at the Stony Point Medical Center Campus, and at VCU’s newly formed West End location just off Mayland Drive. Clinical Division faculty care for patients with many forms of lung disease. Other examples: Dr. Kristin Miller cares for patients who develop serious lung disorders following bone marrow transplantation. All Division faculty provide care for many patients with asthma of any severity. Patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (emphysema) receive expert care by all faculty. Dr. Daniel Grinnan, Dr. Paul Fairman, and Dr. Norbert are recognized national experts who diagnose and treat patients with Pulmonary Hypertension. Dr. Catherine Grossman directs the severe asthma case management clinic.

Additionally faculty members within the pulmonary disease and critical care medicine division train pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellows, internal medicine housestaff and medical students. The Division also provides medical directorship to the Departments of Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Function, Exercise Physiology, Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and as mentioned above Pulmonary Outpatient Medicine. Divisional responsibilities include Critical Care attending coverage and teaching of bedside medicine in the Medical Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at the VCU Medical Center and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Division faculty members also direct the Pulmonary Consultation Service and the Interventional Bronchoscopy Service. The Division has a fully developed basic research unit within the Victoria Johnson Center for Lung Disease Research located on the VCU School of Medicine campus in 10,000 square feet within the Molecular Medicine Research Building.

In the pages that follow on this website we will address the specifics of the Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Division’s activities.