Interstitial Lung Disease Program


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Welcome to the Interstitial Lung Disease Program at UF Health. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive state-of-the-art care to patients with difficult to treat Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD’s). As the only academic ILD Program in North Florida, we provide hope to thousands of patients not just in Florida, but also the neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama.

The UF Interstitial Lung Disease Program is run by dedicated, highly trained and renowned Pulmonologists, Rheumatologists, Transplant Physicians, Pulmonary Vascular Physicians, Chest Radiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons and Lung Pathologists with the collaborative support of Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, Respiratory Therapists and other staff.

We are unique in providing a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of ILD’s in this region.

Ibrahim Faruqi MD, MPH, FCCP
Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program


About the Interstitial Lung Disease Program

We are an academic program dedicated to improving the lives of patients with Interstitial Lung Diseases by providing state-of-the art care and cutting-edge research.

Our Mission is:

  • To provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary care for patients with Interstitial Lung Disease, with compassion.
  • To provide cutting-edge research in the field of Interstitial Lung Disease in an endeavor to identify and develop new treatment strategies for these difficult-to-treat patients.
  • To provide hope, support and education to the patients and their families.
  • To be a resource for providers in the management of Interstitial Lung Disease.

The result of the exemplary vision of some of the giants in the field of pulmonary medicine here at the University of Florida, like Dr. Edward Block (Former Chair, Department of Medicine), Dr. Eloise Harman (2004 ATS National Outstanding Clinician Award Winner), and Dr. Mark Brantly (Founder/Director of the UF Alpha One Program & Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine), the University of Florida Interstitial Disease Program began in 2009 after recognizing an increasing need for a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach towards patients who suffer from these difficult to treat diseases, as well as, to herald a new era of research to identify and develop new treatment strategies.

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ILD’s refer to a heterogeneous group of conditions that affect the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs. The lining of the air sacs, and a lot of times the lining of the blood vessels in the lungs, are also involved. Most of the time, but not always, there is progressive ‘scarring’ of the lungs leading to ‘Pulmonary Fibrosis’.





Conditions We Treat (In Alphabetical Order):

  • Acute Interstitial Pneumonia (AIP or Hamman-Rich Syndrome)
  • Asbestosis
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans
  • Collagen Vascular Disease (CVD)-related ILD
    • Antisynthetase syndrome
    • Myositis-related ILD
    • Rheumatoid arthritis-related ILD
    • Scleroderma-related ILD
    • Sjogren’s syndrome-related ILD
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis-related ILD
    • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease-related ILD
  • Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP)
  • Desquamative Interstitial Pneumonia (DIP)
  • Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage (DAH)
  • Drug-related ILD
  • Eosinophilic Pneumonia
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
  • Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis ( Eosinophilic Granulomatosis or Histiocytosis X)
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonia (LIP)
  • Non-specific Interstitial Pneumonia (NSIP)
  • Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Radiation fibrosis
  • Respiratory Bronchiolitis-related ILD (RB-ILD)
  • Sarcoidosis

Our Experts

Interstitial Lung Disease Specialist

Ibrahim Faruqi, MD, MPH, FCCP

Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Program, Dr. Faruqi completed his training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine from the University of Kansas Medical Center.





Sarcoid Specialist

Divya Patel, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor.





Pulmonary Vascular Physician

Hassan Alnuaimat, MD

Associate Director of the Pulmonary Vascular Program, Dr. Alnuaimat is a graduate of the University of Florida. He has more than five years’ experience of treating ILD and PH.





Pulmonary Transplant Physicians

Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD

Surgical Director, Adult Lung Transplant within the Department of Surgery within the division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.






Westley H. Reeves, MD

Marcia Whitney Schott Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Dr. Reeves has a special interest in SLE, which relates to Interstitial Lung Disease.





Eric S. Sobel, MD, PhD

Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program, Dr. Sobel has a special interest in SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma associated with ILD.




Chest Radiologist

Mohammed-2-220x275Tan-Lucien Mohammed, MD

Associate Professor and Chief of Thoracic Imaging, Dr. Mohammed completed his training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Maryland Medical Center.




Chest Radiologist 

Jerry Speckman, MD

An associate professor in the Department of Radiology, Dr. Speckman has a special interest in Chest Radiology.





A. Daniel Martin, PT, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Martin is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Martin’s interest has been in respiratory physiology. He has developed many successful respiratory conditioning programs.




Mark Lukert, PT

Graduate of the University of Kansas in 1978, Mark has 30 years of experience behind him. He also has significant experience in pulmonary rehab and conditioning.





Peter A. Drew, MD

Dr. Drew has been a UF Department of Pathology faculty member since 1992. He teaches non-neoplastic lung pathology and has a special research interest in lung transplant pathology.




How to Schedule a Visit

Appointment Scheduling

Please complete the ILD Clinic Referral Form by clicking the following link:

ILD Clinic Referral Form

Adobe Reader is required to fill out the form on-screen. The form can be sent by email, provided you have the ability to complete the form on-screen and save it. You can also send the form by email to:

We also accept referrals by way of fax. Please complete the form and fax to: 352.265.7091

Interstitial Lung Disease Program

University of Florida

1600 SW Archer Road

PO Box 100225 JHMHC

Gainesville, FL 32610-0225

Contact information:

Phone: 352.265.0139 ext. 88670

Fax: 352.265.7091


For more information, call 352.273.8740

The UF Health Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Clinic is held every Thursday from 1 – 5 p.m. in the UF Health Medical Plaza building, 2000 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32610. We are located on the 3rd Floor in the Internal Medicine and Medical Specialties Clinic.

During Your Visit

To provide you with a better understanding of your disease, we will ask you to bring all of your past medical records and diagnostic studies. If these tests have not been done in the last 3-6 months, experts at the UF Interstitial Lung Disease Program will perform the following:

  • Complete Pulmonary Function Tests
  • Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Analysis
  • 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
  • High Resolution CT Scan of the Chest
  • Complete Echocardiogram
  • Blood Test
  • At times Sputum and Urine Test

 What to Expect:

  • A CT Scan, Full PFT’s, ABG Analysis and 6MWT will be done first.
  • A consultation in the morning with the Rheumatologist if you have a rheumatologic disorder.
  • Meet with the Clinic Nurse for Vital Signs.
  • Consultation with an ILD Physician.
  • Additional testing, if required.
  • Consultation with a Pulmonary Vascular Physician if you have Pulmonary Hypertension.
  • Evaluation by a Physiotherapist if you suffer from any impairment.
  • Interview with a Nutritionist.
  • Interview with a transplant coordinator if we believe you might need a transplant in the future. If required, you may be advised to stay overnight and a Pulmonary Transplant Physician may visit with you early in the morning.

Things to Bring:

  • Insurance Authorization.
  • Completed “Pulmonary Medicine Patient Questionnaire” that will be mailed to you.
  • Referring Physician Information to facilitate communication.
  • Past medical records, including but not limited to physician notes.
  • All X-Rays and CT’s. Please bring the images on a CD and/or films in addition to the written report.
  • Results of all tests, specifically studies done to rule out autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Factor (RF), ANA, dsDNA.
  • All lung biopsy reports as well as biopsy slides.
  • All Pulmonary Functions Tests done to date.
  • All Bronchoscopy Reports.
  • All Sputum and Bronchoscopy culture and cytology reports.
  • All Echocardiogram reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find more information about your disease:

Find more information about the medications used for your treatment:

Where can I find more information about the tests that I’ll undergo?

Are there forums or groups that I can connect to?

Are there experimental medications that I can take?

  • Preview our ‘Research’ Page to look for clinical trials that we are involved in.
  • You may visit the website and search for trials you may benefit from.



Our experts are at the forefront of research in search for better treatment strategies, as well as to understand the interplay of different mechanisms that lead to Interstitial Lung Disease.

In this noble endeavor we will need your, the patient’s, help. During your visit you will be encouraged to participate in voluntary research. It is important you understand that participation is voluntary and your decision. Whether you choose to participate or not will have no impact on the care provided to you.

Clinical Trials


Adobe Reader is required to fill out the form on-screen.  The form can be sent by email provided you have the ability to complete the form on-screen and save it.  You can attach and send by email to:

We also accept referrals by way of Fax.  Please complete the form and Fax to: 352.265.7091.

You may also contact us by email, voice or fax for consultation.

Make an Appointment

Phone 352.265.0139 ext. 88670
Fax 352.265.7091

For More Information

Mailing Address
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
University of Florida

1600 SW Archer Road
PO Box 100225 JHMHC
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Phone: 352-273-8740
Fax: 352.392.0821

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