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Asthma and Respiratory Care

Our collaborative team treats the full range of breathing and lung conditions, including asthma, COPD and pulmonary hypertension. You receive care from specialists who are recognized leaders in asthma and respiratory care.

Medically reviewed by Brooks Kuhn, M.D. on Dec. 28, 2023.

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Helping You Breathe Easier

UC Davis Health provides complete care for all types of respiratory disorders. Our specialized team uses their knowledge and experience to provide a detailed diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

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Our Difference

Nationally Ranked Pulmonology Care

U.S. News & World Report ranks our pulmonology care among the best in the nation. We’ve earned this distinction by combining groundbreaking research with compassionate, patient-centered care.

Team-Based Approach

Our pulmonologists partner with other specialists to provide seamless treatment for any type of respiratory condition. From critical care physicians to immunologists and allergists, we have every specialty you need.

Innovative Research

As an academic hospital, we have committed to finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat respiratory diseases. We regularly lead and participate in clinical trials, giving you access to the most advanced therapies available.


What Are Respiratory Diseases?

Respiratory diseases are conditions that affect the organs and tissues that help you breathe. You may also hear respiratory diseases called lung disorders or pulmonary diseases.

Common Respiratory Diseases Include:


Asthma causes swelling and narrowing of your airways, leading to wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Allergies, infections, air pollution, smoking or exposure to harmful substances can cause asthma.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that is often, but not always, caused by smoking. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis can lead to shortness of breath by blocking airflow out of the lungs.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic (inherited) condition that affects multiple organs and systems in your body. People with CF can get a buildup of mucus in their lungs, making it harder to breathe. Learn how we care for genetic disorders at UC Davis Health.

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Interstitial lung diseases are a group of conditions that cause fibrosis (scar tissue) in your lungs. This scarring causes stiffness in your lung tissue and interferes with breathing. ILD causes can include genetics, smoking or exposure to toxins like asbestos.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that starts in the lungs. This cancer is often caused by smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos or other toxins. Learn more about our UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the blood vessels that lead from your heart to your lungs. The increased pressure can cause these blood vessels to get smaller, leading to less blood flow to your lungs.


Pulmonary Services at UC Davis Health

At UC Davis Health, you have access to pulmonary clinics that focus on specific areas of respiratory care. Each clinic includes a dedicated team that provides the highest quality treatment and compassionate support. Our clinics include:

Adult Cystic Fibrosis

Our Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program provides management and treatment of all types of CF complications, from lung problems to infection control and mental health. Our exceptional care has earned us accreditation from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Asthma Clinic (UCAN™)

The UC Davis Asthma Network (UCAN™) team includes dedicated pulmonologists, case managers and respiratory therapists who are at the forefront of asthma treatment. Our team is able to treat even the most severe asthma cases, delivering personalized care to improve your quality of life.

Learn more about our world-class asthma care at UCAN
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic

Our comprehensive COPD Clinic includes a multidisciplinary team of experts with extensive knowledge and expertise. You have access to leading-edge therapies and procedures for COPD, including clinical trials. We also have a designated Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Clinical Resource Center – the only center in region.

Interstitial Lung Disease Program

Specialists in our ILD Program care for hundreds of patients with ILD, delivering the latest treatments while providing support and education. Our nationally renowned pulmonologists work with radiologists, nurse specialists, pharmacists and respiratory therapists so you receive seamless care.

Interventional Pulmonology Program

Our interventional pulmonology specialists use minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat respiratory disorders, pleural diseases and thoracic (chest and lung) cancers. This highly trained team has completed extensive training in these advanced techniques.

Get more information about our Interventional Pulmonology Program
Post-COVID-19 Clinic

Many people experience long-haul COVID or symptoms that continue after recovering from COVID-19. Our clinic provides testing and treatment for all types of long-COVID symptoms, from breathing issues to headaches and trouble concentrating. .

Request an appointment with our Post-COVID-19 Clinic
Pulmonary Function and Exercise Testing Lab

Licensed respiratory care practitioners provide the full spectrum of lung function tests, from spirometry to specialized lung gas measurements. Our team follows proven protocols that produce accurate, timely results.

Read more about our Pulmonary Function and Exercise Testing Lab
Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Program

Our dedicated team diagnoses and treats pulmonary hypertension and the full range of pulmonary vascular diseases. This specialized program has earned the highest designation possible from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

Learn more about our Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Program
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

We help you maximize your quality of life through specialized exercises, education, mental health support and nutritional guidance. This comprehensive program is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Find out how to get started with our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization.

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