Pulmonology

State-of-the-art Treatment for Pulmonary Disease and Related Disorders

Pulmonary care at St. Vincent’s draws on the skills of our highly respected, board-certified pulmonologists and experienced nurses who work together as part of a multidisciplinary team providing treatment to patients with pulmonary diseases or related disorders.

Diseases and conditions that affect or threaten the lungs have serious impact on the body’s ability to deliver essential oxygen to the cells. Taken as a group, respiratory diseases are regarded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Among the many conditions and diseases St. Vincent’s pulmonologists diagnose, treat and/or consult on are:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • influenza
  • chronic bronchitis
  • tuberculosis
  • emphysema
  • cystic fibrosis
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • mesothelioma
  • sleep apnea
  • lung cancer

State-of-the-art pulmonology requires highly skilled specialists and the most advanced testing, measuring and diagnostic equipment and methods to successfully determine and treat the many diseases of the pulmonary system. St. Vincent’s comfortable Pulmonary Lab provides rapid and precise multiple measurements for these purposes.

Our team members are held to the highest standards of patient safety, a fact reflected by the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award the hospital has received from the American Association for Respiratory Care. The award recognizes St. Vincent’s hospital-wide, virtual-zero rate of Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia (VAP) cases - a considerable triumph, as VAP has continued to be a problem in so many of our nation’s hospitals.

“Sometimes people get really scared and I didn’t. I felt that I was in really good hands here. I began to wonder: have done enough in my life to give back? The answer for me was no and it clicked: I’m going to be a nurse. This is what I’m going to do with the rest of my life.”

- James, Oxford, CT


Meet our Pulmonologists:

Name Specialties Location
Brown, Robert Ben, MD 203.576.6000
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Bridgeport
Fitzgerald, William Bernard, MD 203.371.5400
  • Pulmonology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
Simkovitz, Philip, MD 203.365.0577
  • Pulmonology
  • Trumbull
Thapa, Sritika, MD 203.576.6000
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Bridgeport

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