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Interstitial Lung Disease Center

The Interstitial Lung Disease Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers comprehensive care for all types of pulmonary fibrosis. Our pulmonologists have the expertise and experience to accurately diagnose your condition and develop a personalized care plan for you.

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Conditions We Treat

We treat all interstitial lung disease center conditions, including:

  • Asbestosis
  • Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (black lung disease)
  • Connective tissue disease-associated interstitial lung disease
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, such as farmer’s lung
  • Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Meet Your Care Team

April L. Barnado

April L. BarnadoMD, MSCI

    Autoimmune Disease, Lupus, Myositis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rheumatology
Joao A. De Andrade

Joao A. De AndradeMD

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Rosemarie A. Dudenhofer

Rosemarie A. DudenhoferMD

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Tracy M. Frech

Tracy M. FrechMD, MS

    Raynaud’s, Rheumatology, Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
Justin C. Hewlett

Justin C. HewlettMD

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Lisa H. Lancaster

Lisa H. LancasterMD

    Allergy / Pulmonary and Critical Care, General Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Erica A. Ludtke

Erica A. LudtkeNP

    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Why Choose the Interstitial Lung Disease Center at Vanderbilt

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    Recognized care

    U.S. News & World Report ranks our pulmonology program among the top programs in the nation. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.

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    National recognition

    Vanderbilt was one of the first medical centers — and the only one in Tennessee — to be recognized for quality care by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. As a national leader, we see patients with every form of interstitial lung disease and from all over the Southeast.

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    Expert diagnosis

    There are more than 200 interstitial lung diseases, and it can be challenging to tell them apart. Our specialists will review your history and tests to pinpoint your diagnosis. This is the first step in personalizing your care and determining your eligibility for innovative treatment options.

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    Palliative care

    Our pulmonologists work closely with physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses, palliative care specialists and other experts — including your primary care doctor and referring pulmonologist — to develop and coordinate your personalized care plan.

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    Patient-centered support

    At Vanderbilt, we understand that an interstitial lung disease diagnosis can be life-changing. Our team will guide you through your care plan. We can assist you with details such as scheduling pulmonary rehabilitation, getting oxygen delivered to your home, understanding your medications and informing you of financial support resources.

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    Access to lung transplant

    If it’s time to consider lung transplant, we can guide you through the process and refer you to our experienced lung transplant team. As one of the oldest lung transplant programs in the country, and the only one in Tennessee, we can provide you with expert, compassionate care close to home.

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    Clinical trials

    We are dedicated to developing new and better interstitial lung disease treatments through clinical trials. Vanderbilt is among the largest interstitial lung disease clinical trial programs in the country, especially for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. This means you have access to innovative approaches to care before they are widely available. To learn more about our clinical trials, call (615) 936-2298.

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    Innovative research

    We continue to pioneer new approaches to care through scientific research, some funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. In fact, our team discovered one of the genes associated with inherited idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. We also collect blood and tissue samples for patient registries so our team and researchers across the country can better understand interstitial lung disease and its genetics. Currently we are studying how telenursing and remote monitoring can help improve your quality of life.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Cryobiopsy
  • Genetics testing
  • High-resolution computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Lung biopsy
  • Lung transplant education
  • Medications


Vanderbilt Lung Institute One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 20300
Nashville, TN 37204