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Pulmonology involves the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases and diseases of the respiratory tract. Treatments for these diseases and disorders are either medical or surgical. Surgical procedures are performed by thoracic surgeon and will follow an evaluation by a pulmonologist. Medical treatments are used more frequently and are in either inhalation or oral forms. Oxygen therapy, for patients with emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, are also managed by pulmonologists, as are patients on mechanical ventilation.  

superDimension™ Navigation System

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) procedures are a minimally invasive approach that accesses difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, aiding in the detection and diagnosis of lung disease. Using GPS-like technology, the surgeon steers a catheter through the patient’s natural airways to reach lesions in the deepest areas of the lungs. This revolutionary technology can detect hard-to-reach lung tumors that can be difficult to find with traditional techniques.

Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS)

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases. EBUS allows physicians to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes in the chest without surgery. The samples can be used to diagnose and stage lung cancer, detect infections and identify inflammatory diseases.

Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation

Outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs help people with chronic lung conditions learn to manage their disease so they may live and breathe easier. 

Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation, developed in 1983, was the first pulmonary rehab program in Knox County. Our program is also one of the first to receive national certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for consistent clinical outcomes for lung patients. 

The American Thoracic Society identifies pulmonary rehabilitation as part of the standard of care for people who have significant lung symptoms. Our nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, counselors and pharmacist work as a team, in conjunction with physicians to provide an intensive lifestyle modification approach for lung disease management. 

Fort Sanders Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation is an approved satellite program for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial. The pulmonary outreach and education program is funded in part by a grant to the Fort Sanders Foundation from the Will Rogers Institute.

Basic Information

You are eligible for the Pulmonary Wellness and Rehabilitation Program if you have lung disease and are referred by your physician. One of our nurse case managers will talk with you about your exercise and health goals. Each session lasts for two hours with one hour for medically-supervised and monitored exercise and one hour for group education. Spouses are welcome to attend education classes and observe exercise sessions at no charge. 

Most insurance companies cover pulmonary rehabilitation services. Our nurse case managers will help with insurance approval and billing concerns. Our nurse case managers will also send reports to your referring physician and your family doctor at the end of the program. Call (865) 331-1250 to schedule an intake appointment.


Fort Sanders Professional Building
501 20th Street, Suite 302
Knoxville, TN

Phone: (865) 331-1250
Fax: (865) 331-1559

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.