New York Methodist Welcomes New Director of Interventional Pulmonology

Nov 10, 2010

Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Sonali Sethi pointing at brain scans

Sonali Sethi, MD, director of interventional pulmonology at New York Methodist

Sonali Sethi, MD, recently joined New York Methodist Hospital's Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care and Sleep Medicine as chief of interventional pulmonology. Dr. Sethi joins the Hospital after serving as director of the pulmonary function laboratory at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.

Dr. Sethi has the distinction of being one of a few fully trained interventional pulmonologists in the world. The field, which is a relatively recent subspecialty of pulmonology, is adding a new dimension to the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of thoracic cancer and to improving the quality of life for patients with that disease and with other lung disorders.

At NYM, she will perform a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative procedures. These include stenting and laser therapy for patients with lung cancer, endobronchial ultrasound to determine the stage of lung cancer, autofluorescence bronchoscopy to detect early changes of lung cancer in the airways, electromagnetic navigation to guide biopsy instruments to small lesions, and other modalities to relieve airway obstruction caused by benign lesions such as polyps or scar tissue.

"I want patients to be aware of the high level of care offered by the Hospital," said Dr. Sethi. "We have everything here to treat our patients. They don't have to travel very far."

Dr. Sethi received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. She completed a residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center and a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at St. Vincent's.

"Dr. Sethi brings to New York Methodist special expertise in minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for a variety of pulmonary, airway, and pleural diseases," said Suhail Raoof, MD, chief of pulmonary/critical care medicine at NYM. "Her inclusion in the faculty will take our division to a new level of excellence, with comprehensive and integrated care being provided to our patients."