Interstitial Lung Disease Program

 


Interstitial Lung Disease Program

Welcome to the Interstitial Lung Disease Program at the University of Florida. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive state-of-the-art care to patients with difficult-to-treat Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD). We are the only academic ILD Program in northern Florida and provide hope to thousands of patients in Florida and the neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama.

The UF Interstitial Lung Disease Program is run by a dedicated group of pulmonary physicians who specialize in the care of this complex patient population. Our team includes rheumatologists, pulmonary hypertension physicians, lung transplant physicians, chest radiologists, thoracic surgeons, and pulmonary 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 in our region.


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 medical care, education, and cutting-edge research.

Our Mission:

  • To provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary care for patients with Interstitial Lung Diseases.
  • 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 diseases.
  • To provide hope, support, and education to the patients and their families.
  • To act as a resource and to educate non-specialist physicians in the management of Interstitial Lung Diseases.

 


Interstitial Lung Diseases and Pulmonary Fibrosis

ILDs, referred to as “diffuse parenchymal lung diseases” in the medical literature and “pulmonary fibrosis” colloquially, are a heterogeneous category of over 200 individual diseases that causes various degrees of inflammation and scarring in the lungs.

Conditions We Treat:

Most patients referred to our clinic carry the diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a distinct disease in the category of interstitial lung diseases. As part of our evaluation, we reassess and revise prior diagnoses, and after the evaluation, only 20-25% of our patients carry the diagnosis of IPF. This distinction is very important, because different diseases have different outcomes and requires different therapies. Other diseases we encounter include:

Autoimmune lung diseases:  lung inflammation or scarring that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the lungs. Examples of these illnesses include
  • ILD due to scleroderma
  • ILD associated with muscle inflammation, including the anti-synthetase syndrome
  • ILD due to rheumatoid arthritis
  • Interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF)

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis:  lung inflammation or scarring that occurs when the body over-reacts to harmless inhaled materials. Examples of hypersensitivity pneumonitis include:

  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis from exposure to birds
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis from exposure to fungi
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis from exposure to farming environments
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis from exposure hot-tubs, humidifiers, or de-humidifiers

Smoking-related interstitial lung diseases: The most common diseases caused by smoking are lung cancer, emphysema, and narrowing of heart arteries. Less commonly, smoking can cause ILD, including:

  • Respiratory bronchiolitis-interstitial lung disease (RBILD)
  • Desquamative interstitial pneumonia (DIP)
  • Pulmonary Langerhan cell histiocytosis (PLCH, previously called eosinophilic granuloma or histiocytosis X)

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown cause that causes a characteristic form of inflammation and scarring called “granulomatous inflammation”. Although sarcoidosis can affect many parts of the body, the lungs and the lymph nodes in the chest are involved in over 90% of patients.

Lung scarring caused by inhaling inorganic dusts: These include:

  • ILD caused by exposure to fine sand (silicosis)
  • ILD caused by exposure to asbestos (asbestosis)

ILD caused by exposure to some medications or as a result of exposure to radiation

ILD of unknown cause: Examples in this group include:

  • Non-specific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP)
  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia (COP)
  • Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonia (LIP)
  • Obliterative bronchiolitis obliterans (OB)
  • Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage syndromes (DAH)
  • Eosinophilic pneumonias
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
  • Pleuropulmonary fibroelastosis

Our Experts

Interstitial Lung Disease Specialist

Ibrahim Faruqi, MD, MPH, FCCP

Email: Ibrahim.Faruqi@medicine.ufl.edu

 

.Borna Mehrad, MD

millie.ramos@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Divya Patel, DO

Email: Divya.Patel@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Pulmonary Vascular Physician

Hassan Alnuaimat, MD

E-mail: Hassan.Alnuaimat@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Ali Ataya, MD
Assistant Professor of  Medicine
ali.ataya@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Raju Reddy, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
raju.reddy@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Pulmonary Transplant Physicians

Andres Pelaez_MCM_2604Andres Pelaez, MD

andres.pelaez@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Hassan Alnuaimat, MD

hassan.alnuaimat@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Satish Chandrashekaran, MD

satish.chandrashekaran@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Thoracic Surgeons

Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD

Tiago.NoguchiMachuca@surgery.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Mauricio Pipkin, MD,

Mauricio.Pipkin@surgery.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Rheumatologists

Westley H. Reeves, MD

 

Westley.Reeves@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Eric S. Sobel, MD, PhD

Eric.Sobel@medicine.ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Chest Radiologist

Mohammed-2-220x275Tan-Lucien Mohammed, MD

Mohammed10@ufl.edu

 

 

 

Chest Radiologist 

Jerry Speckman, MD

Speckj@ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

Pathologists

Peter A. Drew, MD

drew@pathology.ufl.edu

 

 


How to Schedule a Visit

 

Interstitial Lung Disease Program

University of Florida

1600 SW Archer Road

PO Box 100225 JHMHC

Gainesville, FL 32610-0225

Contact information:

Phone: 352.273.8740

Fax: 352.627.4268

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

The UF Health Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Clinic on Tuesdays 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.

What to bring:

  • Insurance authorization.
  • Completed “Pulmonary Medicine Patient Questionnaire” that will be mailed to you.
  • The name and address of your referring physician, so that we communicate with him or her
  • Records from your referring doctor Reports of any blood tests you have had
  • CD containing all the images of your chest CT scans – it is very important that we look at these images ourselves
  • If you have had a lung biopsy, the tissue block and slides of the sample taken. Again, it is very important that we look at the biopsy ourselves.

 

 What to expect during the visit:

  • CT scan, pulmonary function tests, and 6 minute hall walk test will be done first
  • A consultation with a rheumatologist if you have an autoimmune disorder.
  • Consultation with an ILD physician.
  • If necessary, we will arrange for consultations with
    • a pulmonary hypertension
    • Evaluation by a physiotherapist
    • Evaluation by thoracic surgery for surgical lung biopsy
    • Evaluation by the lung transplant team

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 ClinicalTrails.gov website and search for trials you may benefit from.

 


Research

Our experts are at the forefront of research to understand the interplay of mechanisms that lead to Interstitial Lung Diseases, and to identify better treatments for these illnesses.

We need your help in order to undertake this research: the only way to learn more about these illnesses is if patients volunteer for studies. During your visit, we will encourage to participate in voluntary research. It is important you understand that participation is completely voluntary, and whether you choose to participate or not will have no impact on the care provided to you.

 

Clinical Trials



To Make an Appointment

 

Phone 352.273.8740
Fax 352.627.4268


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: 352.627.4268


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