Pulmonology

One of the most comprehensive units of its kind in the region, Aster Pulmonology offers a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services for management of respiratory diseases in patients of all ages. Manned by an expert team of highly experienced Pulmonologists, this unit offers protocol-based, multi-disciplinary treatment for conditions like recurring allergies, asthma, COPD, lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnoea and chronic ventilatory failure - especially those secondary to neuromuscular disorders.

Backed by advanced facilities like digital ICCA (IntelliSpace Critical Care) ICUs and ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation), Aster Pulmonology provides specialised critical care for patients with acute respiratory conditions and respiratory failure.

The unit also provides domiciliary care services including home ventilation, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy and LTOT (Long Term Oxygen Therapy).

Doctors

Dr. Jacob Baby

Senior Consultant

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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

FRCP (EDIN) | 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. Praveen Valsalan

Consultant

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A Pulmonologist with more than 7 years of experience, Dr. Praveen Valsalan is an expert in management of respiratory diseases, including sleep problems, in patients of all ages. His areas of special interest include interventional pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine.

Qualifications

MD in Pulmonology | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)

Achievements

HOD & Senior Consultant in Pulmonology, Lisie Hospital, Kochi

Assistant Professor in Sri Manakula Vinayakar Medical College, Pondicherry

Proficient in English, Malayala, Hindi, Tamil

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Dr. Elizabeth Sunila CX

Consultant

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A Pulmonologist with 7 years of experience in comprehensive management of respiratory disorders in both adults and children, Dr. Elizabeth Sunila is also trained in critical care. Her areas of special interest include management of chest diseases, lung malignancies and pleural diseases.

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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Dr. Michelle Lolly

Specialist

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A Pulmonologist trained in interventional diagnostic procedures like bronchoscopy and thromboscopy, Dr. Michelle Lolly is also trained in critical care. Her areas of special interest include management of COPD, pneumonia, HIV and pulmonary thromboembolism.

Qualifications

MD (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Belgaum) | MBBS (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Nagpur)

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marati, Tamil

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Dr. Rohit K O

Specialist

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A Pulmonologist with experience in treating diseases, allergies and disorders of the respiratory system, Dr. Rohit’s areas of special interest include diagnostic procedures like bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy, ultrasound-guided procedures, Endo Bronchial Ultra Sound (EBUS) and treatment of allergies and asthma.

Qualification

MD in Respiratory Medicine (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MBBS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)

Achievements

Resident Pulmonologist, Caritas Hospital,

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Facilities

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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
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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
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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
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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