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Pulmonology & Critical Care

Breathe better.

Lung issues can have an impact on the quality of life. Our team is dedicated to improving the care of people with diseases and conditions that affect the lungs and breathing.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s pulmonary and critical care physicians have expertise in diseases including asthma, COPD, critical care, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis and sleep medicine.

Telehealth services are also available. Call 931-783-2143 for more information.

Contact Us

Cookeville Regional Medical Center Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

145 W. 4th St., suite 201
Cookeville, TN 38501
931-783-2143

Tennessee Lung and Sleep Center

135 W. 3rd St.
Cookeville, TN 38501
931-202-3697

What our physicians specialize in

Breathing Difficulty

Breathing difficulties can have many causes, such as anxiety or strenuous activity. But it can also be a symptom of a serious problem, such as asthma, lung disease, emphysema, heart problems and pneumonia.

Asthma

Asthma is a long-term condition that affects your breathing. It causes the airways that lead to the lungs to swell.

Narcolepsy

This is a condition where a person has an overwhelming urge to go to sleep.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lung. Lung cancer can start anywhere in the lungs and spread to other parts of the body.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer during the sleep cycle. It can be mild to severe, based on the number of times an hour that you stop breathing or have slowed breathing

Snoring

Snoring is a noise that you make while breathing during sleep. You snore when the flow of air from your mouth or nose to your lungs makes the tissues of your throat vibrate while you sleep. This is usually caused by blockage or narrowing in your nose, mouth or throat (airway).

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which scarring occurs in the lungs. That scarring can be caused by an infection, such as tuberculosis or pneumonia, or injury or by breathing in certain materials, such as asbestos or from certain systemic disease like rheumatoid arthritis. But sometimes no cause can be found for PF. PF makes the lungs less elastic and can lead to breathing problems.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)is a general term for a group of lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. People with COPD have deceased air flow in and out of the lungs, which makes it hard to breathe. The airways can get clogged with thick mucus. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD.

Emphysema

Emphysema is damage to the air sacs in your lungs. In a healthy person, the tiny sacs in the lungs are like balloons. As you breathe in and out, they get bigger and smaller to move air through your lungs. With emphysema, these air sacs lose their elasticity, resulting in less oxygen getting into your blood and the feeling of a shortness of breath.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs. These blood vessels carry blood from the heart to the lungs where the blood picks up oxygen. The walls of the arteries may get thick and the arteries may get narrow. When this happens, blood does not flow as well as it should, pressure builds up in the arteries and causes your heart to work harder to pump blood through your lungs.

Meet the Experts

H. Sobia Arshad, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Cookeville Regional Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Bernadette Hee, MD

Bernadette Hee, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Cookeville Regional Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Hima Kona, MD

Hima Kona, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Tennessee Lung and Sleep Center

Kaushal Patel, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Cookeville Regional Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Lisa Robinson, DO

Pulmonology and critical care

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Vijay Rupanaguidi, MD

Vijay Rupanaguidi, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Tennessee Lung and Sleep Center

Luis Urbina, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Cookeville Regional Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine