The Lung Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, opened its doors in July 2014 with the arrival of Dr. David Sugarbaker as director. Dr. Sugarbaker is an internationally renowned leader in the care of pleural mesothelioma and directs the mesothelioma clinical and research programs at the Institute, which emphasize more effective treatments for the disease.
The Lung Institute provides diagnostic and treatment services to patients with benign and malignant neoplasms and other disorders of the lung, as well as esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall (see General Thoracic Surgery Clinic). The institute offers patients professional medical evaluations by a multidisciplinary team that includes specialists from surgery, medical oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiation oncology, and radiology.
The new Lung Institute has developed a comprehensive program across departments and disciplines, with all of the College's missions as part of the effort. The surgical program is located at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health.
In addition, the Lung Institute offers holistic care for patients and their families. Full-time chaplaincy services, social workers, physical therapists, dieticians and patient navigators help patients and their families deal with the stress of illness. These efforts allow patients and their families to take an active role in their own care plans.