Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Advanced Lung Disease Program?

The Advanced Lung Disease Program treats all manner of lung disease at every stage, but specializes in those that are complex, chronic, and, in some cases, rare. The program includes physicians with considerable experience treating these diseases, as well as researchers who provide new treatment options through clinical trials. Some conditions we treat include:


How are these diseases treated?

Many of the diseases we treat are chronic, but can be managed through medication and monitoring, and for some patients, through surgery. Researchers continue to explore new treatment options that can reduce or eliminate lung disease.

Treatments will depend on the specific condition a patient has and will generally focus on slowing the progression of the condition and improving the patient’s quality of life. Treatment options may include medication, surgery or occupational therapy.


What sets Cedars-Sinai apart?

Cedars-Sinai has assembled some of the world's leading pulmonologists and has repeatedly been ranked among the best pulmonary care facilities in the United States. The Advanced Lung Disease Program has the resources needed to expedite diagnosis and create a comprehensive treatment plan individualized for each patient.

The Lung Institute has made significant strides in the treatment of pulmonary illnesses. Among its achievements, the Institute has advanced research in genetic links to lung cancer, established a research-critical tissue bank, participated in the approval of first-in-class drugs for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and developed advanced techniques in minimally-invasive surgery. Pulmonary hypertension, lung injuries, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer are among the conditions physician scientists continue to investigate.


I already have a diagnosis, can I get a second opinion at Cedars-Sinai?

Yes. To get a second opinion about a pulmonary diagnosis with a Cedars-Sinai physician, please call 310-423-4685 or 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771). You can reach us by email at


How do I prepare for my appointment?

Appointments can vary in length depending on the your condition. During the appointment, you can expect to meet with the pulmonologist and other team members.

Here’s what you can do to make the most of your appointment time:

  • Write down and bring any questions about your condition or treatment.
  • Keep a record of symptoms, including any changes, and if the symptoms are affecting your work or personal life.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Bring prior medical records if you are transferring from a medical provider outside of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Fill out any required paperwork in advance including medical record release authorization forms, referral request forms, patient intake form, Patient history and the patient privacy form.

Should I bring someone with me?

Yes, we always encourage patients to bring a spouse, family member or close friend with them to their appointments.


How can I become a patient at the Advanced Lung Disease Program?

To make an appointment at the Advanced Lung Disease Program, please call 310-423-4685 or 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771). You can send questions to us by email at

Depending on your healthcare insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care physician before seeing one of Cedars-Sinai pulmonary specialists. If you require inpatient medical care at Cedars-Sinai, you will need a physician referral to be admitted.

For information on reaching us from outside the United States, please contact our International Health Services team.

Information on billing, insurance and medical records is available in the Cedars-Sinai Patient and Visitors Guide.


How do I find out more about ongoing clinical trials and whether I can participate?

Lung disease experts at Cedars-Sinai are working to use their clinical experience and research knowledge to lead the way in finding new treatments, techniques and diagnostic procedures. Our clinical trials are open to all eligible participants, and patients are encouraged to pursue involvement. General information about participation in clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai can be found in our Patient and Visitors Guide.

Information on publications by our expert pulmonary team can be found at

For an appointment, a second opinion or more information, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771).