Chest Care

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program

About the Program

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center offers a multidisciplinary program that optimizes the care of patients with many types of interstitial lung disease (ILD) including:

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • ILD related to connective tissue diseases
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Drug-induced ILD


Our program features a team of specialists – including pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, a chest pathologist, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, and a rheumatologist – who perform a detailed evaluation of each patient and tailor an individualized plan of care. That plan may include supportive therapy, medications, clinical research studies of new agents, and referral for lung transplantation when necessary.


The ILD team works closely with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's renowned lung transplantation program for eligible patients in whom drug treatment has failed. Our team also evaluates patients for concurrent (and potentially treatable) pulmonary conditions (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and deconditioning) to improve their overall lung health.


The ILD team at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center offers the following services for patients with interstitial lung disease:

Diagnostic evaluation using a number of approaches (including advanced imaging, bronchoscopy, and/or surgical lung biopsy, as appropriate) and multidisciplinary case review.

Creation of a personalized treatment plan (which may include conventional or novel therapies).

Pulmonary rehabilitation.

Management of coexisting pulmonary conditions (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or obstructive sleep apnea).

Evaluation for and consideration of lung transplantation in eligible patients.

Evaluation for and enrollment in novel research and investigational treatment studies for eligible patients.


The ILD Program offers a support group for patients and their families/friends. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The meetings take place in the Herbert Irving Pavilion at 161 Fort Washington Avenue in the 3rd floor conference room. The meeting starts at 3:00pm and ends at 4:30pm. Please call 212-305-8203 to confirm meeting dates.