Centers of Excellence

The Lung Center

Cough Services

A cough is a sudden and often repetitive reflex that allows the body to clear the throat or lung airways. While an occasional cough is normal, a cough that persists for weeks or brings up bloody or discolored mucus may be a symptom of a medical condition such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In rare cases, a cough could signal something more serious like lung cancer, interstitial lung disease or tuberculosis.

Even if there is no underlying disease, a chronic cough can be debilitating – triggering additional problems, from fatigue, to dizziness and headache to fractured ribs and anxiety. Cough is one of the top reasons for visits to a primary care physician. A persistent or worrisome cough requires the attention of lung health specialists. Learn more about cough.

Board certified pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons who specialize in cough at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center provide comprehensive care for patients. Our clinical experience and collaboration with clinicians throughout BWH, including allergy and immunology and the Voice Center, results in a highly informed diagnosis and a cohesive treatment plan. We focus on finding answers and bringing relief to patients with complex cough – even those who have suffered for years.

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Make an Appointment

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with a cough specialist or request an appointment online.

Refer a Patient

Physicians can call 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to refer a patient or can make an online referral.

Cough Specialists

The Lung Center is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) at the 15 Francis Street entrance. Thoracic surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine and thoracic imaging are adjacent to one another, making accessibility and appointment scheduling seamless.


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