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Lung & Respiratory Care


Breathe easier with Ballad Health’s lung care – also called respiratory or pulmonary care – in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

You’ll benefit from board-certified pulmonologists (lung doctors) who treat even the most complex conditions.

Conditions we treat

Get care at Ballad Health for almost any lung issue, including:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary services & treatments

Take advantage of:

  • Diagnostic tests, including pulmonary function tests and bronchoscopy
  • Lung cancer screening for certain current and former smokers
  • Lung nodule clinic that finds and treats lumps early to beat cancer
  • Black lung program, the region’s only federally certified clinic for treating diseases caused by breathing coal dust
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation to reduce symptoms of lung disease

VATS lung & thoracic surgery

If you need lung or thoracic (chest) surgery, your doctor may use less-invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS).

In this type of procedure, the surgeon makes tiny incisions (cuts in the skin) and slides in miniature medical tools and a very small video camera that shows the inside of your body. Because there’s not a large incision, you’ll recover faster.

Your surgeon might perform a VATS lobectomy (removal of part of a lung) or VATS lung biopsy (test for cancer).

Bronchial thermoplasty for asthma

If an inhaler isn’t working for you, ask your doctor about bronchial thermoplasty. This treatment uses mild heat to shrink the amount of tissue in your airways and make breathing easier.

Before the procedure, you get a sedative – a medicine to relax you. Then, a doctor slides a thin tube through your mouth or nose and into your airways to apply mild heat to them. Sessions take place three times, three weeks apart.

After finishing treatment, you may need to take less asthma medicine. You also may have fewer asthma attacks for several years.

High-quality respiratory care

Trust Ballad Health for some of the best lung care in Tennessee.

Healthgrades gave Indian Path Hospital an America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care Award three years in a row (2015–2017). And Sycamore Shoals Hospital earned Healthgrades’ Pulmonary Care Excellence Award in 2017 and 2016.

CareChex rated Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in the top 10 percent of hospitals in Tennessee in 2017 for medical excellence in pulmonary care. CareChex also rated Indian Path Hospital and Holston Valley Medical Center in the top 10 percent of hospitals in Tennessee in 2017 for medical excellence in pneumonia care.

Our high rankings mean you can trust us to provide top-quality service that helps you stay safe and be confident in your care treatment.


Find a Pulmonologist

View Ballad Health’s network of lung and respiratory specialists, and search by name, specialty, condition and location. Or call 833-8-BALLAD for help finding a provider who offers the specific care you need.