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Director's Welcome

John Spurzem, MDWe are glad you have taken the time to learn more about the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at UMMC. This field is such a unique one because it provides both the intense inpatient experience with a wide array of ICU pathology and the highly specialized pulmonary medicine aspect.  UMMC is the only tertiary referral center for the state of Mississippi and this provides a diverse mix of common and rare pulmonary diseases as well as an abundance of conditions in ICU patients.

As a part of our referral capabilities, we serve as the only health institute with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), providing advanced support for severe refractory hypoxemia for the state. Also, over the last several years, we have developed a robust interventional pulmonary program. We have been able to offer a host of advanced pleural and bronchoscopic interventions to our patient population through this specialty.

Our outpatient experiences are highlighted by several subspecialty clinics focusing on a wide variety of pulmonary diseases. Through this, we are able to individualize care for an array of conditions, including cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, and lung nodule management.

We are proud of our division and appreciate the commitment and dedication given by each of our faculty, fellows, and staff. Thank you for your time. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

John Spurzem, MD 
Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine