The Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) brings together a unique multidisciplinary team of physicians - rheumatologists, pulmonologists, pathologists, and radiologists - dedicated to providing specialized care for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD).
The causes of ILD are not always understood, and, therefore, it is often difficult to determine how the disease developed and how to treat it. Recognizing the challenges surrounding the disease and the benefits that could be gained through closer collaboration, BWH created the ILD Clinic.
We have also established a Sarcoidosis and Granulomatous Disease Service within the ILD program with sites at both the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Faulkner Hospital. Click for more information.
The collaborative structure of the Clinic, combined with the expertise of our staff, enables us to provide a focused and thorough approach to diagnosing and treating our patients with ILD. Patients evaluated in the Clinic undergo a comprehensive same-day consultation with a pulmonologist and a rheumatologist, our multidisciplinary team reviews diagnostic material in a combined conference, and treatment is applied according to evidence-based protocols developed from our own algorithm. This approach leads to not only highly informed diagnosis and treatment, but also a timely and well-organized plan - critical for patients with ILD.
The setting of our clinic at BWH, an academic institution and multidisciplinary medical center, also allows us to take advantage of other specialized, leading-edge medical programs readily available to provide care for our patients. For patients requiring surgical intervention, the physicians in the ILD Clinic work closely with our colleagues in the Division of Thoracic Surgery. For patients considering lung transplantation, the relationship between the Lung Transplant Program at BWH, the most active in New England, and the ILD Clinic enables an expedited referral process . And we also collaborate closely with the BWH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, an accredited program well versed in caring for patients with ILD.
We encourage patients and physicians to browse the rest of our site to learn more about ILD, the services we provide, what we’re doing to improve diagnosis and treatment, instructions for patients, directions, how to get in touch with us, and more.
This page was last modified on 6/29/2016