Pulmonology

The Department of Pulmonology at the Multispeciality Hospital is a highly advanced and specialised unit providing diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services for management of respiratory diseases in adults. The Outpatient division offers expert care for all respiratory problems, including Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Chronic Ventilatory Failure, especially those secondary to neuromuscular disorders. The Inpatient division, complete with advanced clinical support and a fully equipped digital ICU (Intensive Care Unit), has all the facilities to render specialised care to patients with acute respiratory problems or respiratory failure. With plans to develop a lung transplant assessment unit, the department also provides domiciliary care like home ventilation, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy and LTOT (Long Term Oxygen Therapy). The medical team, which includes internationally trained Consultants, Specialists, Nurses and Technicians, follows stringent treatment protocols to ensure high quality, evidence-based care to patients.

The Outpatient division functions from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm from Monday- Saturday, based on prior appointment.

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Dr. J.J Mathew
Consultant
Dr. J.J Mathew

A highly experienced Pulmonologist trained in India and the UK, Dr. J.J Mathew is an expert in management of respiratory diseases. His areas of special interest include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation (including domiciliary ventilation), sleep related respiratory disorders, interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, respiratory infections including tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, pleural diseases and lung cancer.

He is also extensively trained in investigations/ procedures like diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy, thoracic ultrasound, interventional pleural procedures and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).

Qualifications

Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine (General Medical Council, UK) | MRCP in Respiratory Medicine (Royal College of Physicians, UK) | MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, UK) | DTCD (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MD in TB & RD (Govt. Medical College, Calicut) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Consultant, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Special training in Lung Transplantation Medicine at Harefield Hospital, London, UK

Special training in Critical Care at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK

Higher specialist training in Respiratory Medicine in the East of England and South West Peninsula Deaneries of UK

Specialist training in Medicine in the West of Scotland and Oxford Deaneries of UK

Postgraduate training in Respiratory Medicine at the Institute of Chest Diseases, Calicut

Published articles on a variety of topics related to respiratory medicine in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Member of: Royal College of Physicians of London, European Respiratory Society, Indian Medical Association, Academy of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Calicut Chest Club and Cochin Thoracic Society.

Proficient in English and Malayalam

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Dr. Jacob Baby
Consultant
Dr. Jacob Baby

A Pulmonologist with more than 17 years of experience, Dr. Jacob Baby is an expert in managing pulmonological disorders, allergies and sleep apnoea. Trained in some of the finest hospitals in England, Singapore and India, his areas of clinical interest include asthma, COPD, respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation, advanced bronchoscopy including endobronchial ultrasound guided biopsies, interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, lung transplantation, respiratory infections including tuberculosis, bronchiectasis, pleural diseases and lung cancer.

Qualifications

MRCP (UK) | Training in Endobronchial Ultrasound (Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, England) | Training in Interventional Pulmonology (British Thoracic Society) | DTCD (??) | MD in Respiratory Medicine (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Government Medical College Ernakulam

Consultant in Acute Medicine & Respiratory Medicine, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Essex,UK

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Government Medical College Ernakulam

Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine,

Co-operative Medical College, Ernakulam

Medical Director & Chest, Allergy Specialist,

Hamdan Hospital , Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Consultant Pulmonologist, Sree Uthradom Thirunal Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram

Middle Grade Doctor, Cardiology,Renal Medicine & Respiratory Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala

Chest Physician and General Physician, Al-Raazi Polyclinc, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman

Chest and Allergy Specialist, PRS Hospital, Thiruvanthapuram

Instrumental in initiating non-invasive ventilation in Kerala

Expert in advanced pulmonology procedures like bronchoscopy , lung and pleural biopsies

Member of British Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society, Academy of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Founder President of Kalamassery branch of Indian Medical Association & Founder Secretary of Cochin Thoracic Society

Published articles in national and international peer reviewed journals

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic

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Dr. Elizabeth Sunila CX
Senior Specialist
Dr. Elizabeth Sunila CX

Dr. Elizabeth Sunila CX , is Specialist, Department of Pulmonology, with has 4 years of experience. A Pulmonologist working as specialist in the deparment Critical Care, she is trained in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management.

Qualifications

DNB in Respiratory Diseases | DTCD| MBBS

Achievements

Worked in critical care management for four years

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Out-patient Services
Out-patient Services
  • Outpatient Consultation
  • Dedicated Clinics for: Asthma, COPD, Obstructive sleep apnoea, Obesity hypoventilation syndrome, Chronic respiratory or ventilatory failure (including home oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation), Suppurative lung diseases, Tuberculosis, Interstitial lungdiseases, Pulmonary hypertension (including pulmonary vascular diseases), Respiratory allergic disorders
  • Fast-track clinics for suspected thoracic malignancies.
  • Smoking cessation clinics
  • Executive health check ups
In Patient Services
In Patient Services
  • Management of all acute respiratory admissions
  • Providing joint care with intensivists for respiratory patients intubated and managed in the intensive care unit.
  • Non-invasive ventilation and CPAP therapy
  • Management of patients with haemoptysis in collaboration with Interventional Radiologist if Bronchial Artery Embolization is planned or Thoracic Surgeon if operative intervention is required
  • Attending to inter-departmental referrals
  • Assessment of fitness for surgery
Allied Services
Allied Services
  • Critical Care Department - management of patients with respiratory failure with non-invasive or invasive ventilation
  • Respiratory Therapy Department
  • General Physiotherapy Department
  • Interventional Radiology Department - for procedures like CT guided Lung or Pleural Biopsy/ Bronchial Artery Embolization
Diagnostic Services
Diagnostic Services
  • Routine spirometry
  • Full lung function tests
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (TBC)
  • Limited sleep studies
  • Polysomnography
  • 6 minute walk test
  • Flight assessment to assess fitness for flying (TBC)
  • Thoracic Ultrasound and Thoracocentesis
  • Lung and Pleural biopsy
  • Bronchoscopy
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