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Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UNC cares for patients with a wide range of pulmonary diseases at the Eastowne Medical Office Building, conveniently located off of I-40 at the intersection of 15-501. Multidisciplinary clinics specializing in the care of COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosispulmonary hypertension, non-CF bronchiectasis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease combine the expertise of several medical disciplines (e.g., pulmonary disease, allergy, respiratory therapy, radiology, social work, psychology, nutrition and pharmacy) to provide state-of-the-art, integrated care for these particular disease areas. In addition, specialized expertise in thoracic oncology, interventional pulmonology, pleural diseases and lung transplant exists within the division at clinics located elsewhere within the UNC system.

Referrals

For referring physicians: Mail or fax (preferred) or send with the patient all pertinent records, including reports of blood tests, electrocardiograms, pulmonary function tests, and any other relevant laboratory tests. Physicians within the UNC System may also request an e-consult via an EPIC order.

Appointments

To make an appointment, please call the UNC Pulmonary Specialty Clinic at 984-974-5703. Your insurance may require a referral and pre-authorization. Please bring your medical insurance card, pharmacy benefits card, and any medications you are taking to your appointment, along with any prior imaging (x-rays, CT scans, etc.) you may have had done.  Most new patients will also be scheduled for Pulmonary Function Testing prior to the visit with the physician.

Our providers are able to see you in person at Eastowne, or when medically appropriate, via video visit or telephone visit. You may inquire about virtual options at the time that you schedule your appointment, though due to federal regulations, virtual visits may only be conducted with patients who are located in North Carolina.

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to come to your scheduled appointment, so we may reschedule you and make the appointment slot available for another patient.  If bad weather inhibits you from attending your visit, we may be able to convert your face-to-face visit to a virtual visit with your provider.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Our state-of-the-art pulmonary function lab is onsite and equipped to perform multiple different studies, including spirometry, diffusion, lung volumes, six minute walk tests, and sputum induction, among others. The combination of tests you will need to determine the cause of your breathing problems will be determined by your physician.

Research

As an academic institution, research is integral to our mission, and we are committed to providing you access to the latest clinical trials in pulmonary medicine. Our Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is also located at Eastowne, on the 5th floor. Ask your provider about ongoing trials in which you may consider participating.

Prescription Refills

The best way to obtain a prescription refill is to sign up for a MyChart account. Information on how to do this can be found here. This allows you electronic access to your medical records and to request refills. If you do not have a MyChart account, your pharmacy can fax refill requests to 984-974-5737. Please allow 3 business days for refill requests to be completed.

Financial Counselor

We have a financial counselor on hand to help patients resolve billing problems, assist with financial arrangements and screen patients for eligibility for UNC assistance programs.

Health Plans Accepted

Most health plans are accepted. We are a hospital-based clinic, and in addition to physician charges, you or your health plan may receive a bill for facility fees.

Maps and Directions

Directions and a map to our clinic is available here. Free parking is available adjacent to the Eastowne Medical Office Building. Other amenities on-site include laboratory services, retail pharmacy, radiology studies, an infusion center, and many other medical specialty groups. The Eastowne Market Café is on the first floor and has grab-and-go options for food and drink.

COVID-19 Updates

Our providers are able to see you in person at Eastowne, or when medically appropriate, via video visit or telephone visit. When you are seen in person, you can expect to be provided a mask to wear, roomed promptly, and see your providers also wearing personal protective equipment. To schedule a COVID vaccine, please go to www.yourshot.health and click the “Get Vaccinated” button or call 984-215-5485.