Pulmonary Medicine

Diseases affecting the lungs can be not only distressing for patients, but also an everyday obstacle for some individuals. Pulmonologists help patients suffering from diseases or conditions affecting the lungs.

Pulmonary medicine addresses lung conditions including tumors, interstitial disorders, and occupational disease. Some of the common illnesses treated by our pulmonary medicine physicians include:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung infections
  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Silicosis (also known as miner's asthma)
  • Occupational lung disorders


Pulmonologists frequently partner with Mount Nittany Medical Center's Radiology Department for X-rays to diagnose tumors, structural abnormalities and infectious processes.

Pulmonary function testing is a common diagnostic tool. It involves a patient sitting inside a special chamber, where they breathe in and out normally, take deep breaths and breathe out as fully as possible. A device called a spirometer can be used to test for conditions such as asthma.

Additionally, Mount Nittany Health's sleep labs are overseen by the Pulmonary Medicine Department.


Treatment for pulmonary conditions can include medication, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgery in some cases.

Smoking Cessation

The American Cancer Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Health provide a free Quitline, offering smokers personal support and help in quitting smoking. If you have a smoking habit, take the first step towards improving your health by calling 877.724.1090.

Meet our team

At Mount Nittany Physician Group, our providers are dedicated to being your partner in health and wellness. Watch the videos below to learn what makes them unique, both professionally and personally.

"I wanted to be responsible for taking care of the sickest patients that were in the hospital." - Gregory Ruff, MD

"The greatest thing is when somebody comes to you and they have trouble breathing or short of breath and you can make them feel better." - Joseph Cable, DO

"To give peace of mind to a patient, that’s what attracted me to medicine.”
- Muqueet Kadri, MD

"The most memorable moments with patients are when they're particularly sick in the ICU and I can help them.” - Steven Vilensky, MD