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Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Care New England

Care New England Medical Group offers two Pulmonary Medicine practices at an expanding number of locations.

Care New England Pulmonary Associates at Pawtucket

Board-certified Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine and Critical Care physicians and Advanced Practice Practitioners provide comprehensive patient care in Pawtucket, East Greenwich, and will soon be opening in Providence. The team cares for patients who have respiratory conditions and diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as infections, cancer, and respiratory failure. Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT’s) are provided on-site in Pawtucket.

Brigham and Women’s Pulmonary Associates at Care New England

Board-certified Pulmonary and Critical Care Physicians and Advanced Practice Practitioners provide comprehensive care in East Greenwich for patients with respiratory conditions and diseases, as well as infections, cancer, and respiratory failure. The team brings vast expertise and abilities to treat patients locally, including through interventional pulmonology.  

Both groups work closely with the Brigham and Women’s Thoracic Surgery Associates at Care New England, as well as other Kent Hospital and Care New England specialists and services.

The Pulmonary Medicine team is a unique collaboration of experts who care for the full range of pulmonary conditions, from inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis to chronic asthma and complex tumors to lung failure requiring lung transplantation. From those physicians providing biopsies, advanced radiology, to specialized surgery, outstanding, integrative, and collaborative patient care is the focus. The team partners with patients and families, along with physicians and specialists in the community to develop precise, individualized treatment plans.

Locations

Brigham and Women’s Pulmonary Associates at Care New England
1407 South County Trail, Building 4, Suite 430
East Greenwich, RI 02886
P: (401) 886-7910
F: (401) 886-7913 

Lung Health, Lung Cancer & Lung Nodule Clinic
1405 South County Trail, Building 5, Suite 510
East Greenwich, RI 02818
P: (401) CNE-LUNG
F: (401) 889-5007

Care New England Primary Services and Specialty Services Building
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
P: (401) 729-2635
F: (401) 729-2157

Kent Hospital
455 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
P: (401) 737-7010

Providence Location 
Opening soon at 101 Plain Street, Providence RI

Brigham and Women’s Pulmonary Associates at Care New England

In addition to the areas of Cardiology and Surgery, Care New England has a clinical affiliation with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. The physicians at the Brigham and Women’s Pulmonary Associates practice are affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and they provide care to patients in Rhode Island at Kent Hospital and at their outpatient practice location in East Greenwich.

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Services

Lung and Airways

The Pulmonary Team at Care New England provides expert diagnostic and treatment services for all lung and airway conditions. Minimally invasive techniques are used to treat an array of conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, shortness of breath. We also have multidisciplinary approaches and fully integrated care for the evaluation and management of cancer and lung nodules through the Lung Cancer Screening and Lung Nodule Clinic.

Lung Infections

The Care New England Pulmonary and Critical Care team provides comprehensive diagnostic, testing, evaluation, management, and treatment services for patients with a variety of pulmonary infections, including bronchiectasis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

Lung Tumors and Cancer

The multidisciplinary team of physicians, clinicians, and surgeons work with patients to build the most personalized care plan from diagnosis through treatment. Patients are informed of all of their treatment options. Lung Health, Lung Cancer Screening & Lung Nodule Clinic will work collaboratively with professionals from throughout Care New England to provide the best and most seamless healthcare possible for individuals with lung cancer or tumors.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

The Pulmonary Medicine team at Care New England collaborates with a comprehensive and integrated network of providers, including Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Associates at Care New England and Brigham and Women’s Thoracic Surgery Associates at Care New England, to help patients create a care plan for those suffering from pulmonary vascular disease.

End-Stage Respiratory Disease

Patients with End-stage respiratory disease caused by chronic or progressive pulmonary conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cystic fibrosis, require the most advanced forms of treatment, which may include lung transplantation or other surgical needs or ventilation. The Care New England Pulmonary Medicine team brings the foremost level of care for those patients with compassion and personalization.

Sleep Medicine

The Pulmonary Medicine team collaborates with the Sleep Lab at Kent Hospital to coordinate referrals for appointments, consultations, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions and disorders requiring assistance from the Sleep Medicine program.

Interventional Pulmonary Services

Care New England offers various services using the latest technology and the most effective treatment techniques to diagnose and treat conditions in the lungs and chest.Team of doctor and nurse discussing a patient diagnosis sitting at the desk in bright modern office-1

Some services include:
Bronchoscopy

A procedure used to examine the inside of lung airways using a bronchoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube fitted with a light and small camera. A more rigid tube may be used if a foreign object may need to be removed. The tube is most commonly inserted through the nose, down the airway, and into the lungs.

Endobronchial Ultrasound

A minimally invasive procedure is used to diagnose infections, cancer, sarcoidosis, and other diseases where lymph nodes are enlarged in the chest. A needle is used in a process called transbronchial needle aspiration to reach parts of the lungs and take biopsy samples. A bronchoscope that includes an ultrasound processor is used to aid physicians in seeing various surfaces.

Procedural Services We Perform

General Diagnostic Bronchoscopy

This involves giving the patient sedation and having a small flexible camera inserted into the trachea (the main windpipe) and visualizing all the main airways on the right and left sides of the chest to look for any abnormalities. If abnormalities are found the pulmonologist might be able to biopsy these areas using various instruments.

Endobronchial Ultrasound

A form of bronchoscopy where the patient is given sedation and a larger flexible camera is inserted into the trachea and the lymph nodes of the chest are able to be seen and biopsied under direct visualization using the ultrasound feature of the bronchoscope.

Pleural-based Procedures

Thoracentesis is a procedure where the physician drains fluid from around the lung. There are numerous reasons why someone may have fluid around the lung including; infection, heart failure, cancer, or inflammation. A small plastic tube is inserted between the lung and the chest wall after numbing the chest wall. Fluid is then removed and the tube is removed.

Intrapleural Catheter

This is also a small plastic tube that is inserted into the space between the lung and the chest wall. It is for patients that have re-occurring fluid buildup. This catheter is “tunneled” under the skin and may stay in the space for months if needed. This is to help keep a patient free of symptoms from the fluid when it reoccurs often and patients have the fluid drained at home or wherever they are.

Watch these videos to learn more about pulmonary care provided at Care New England.


Team Members

Seth Koenig, MD

Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care

William Corrao, MD

Pulmonary Care
Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Walter Donat, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care
Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Elias Jabbour, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care
Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Naomi Kramer, MD

Pulmonary Care

Taro Minami, MD

Director of Medical Stimulation
Point-of-Care Ultrasound
Pulmonary and Critical Care

Michael Stanchina, MD

Medical Director, Kent Hospital Progressive Care Unit Pulmonary Care
Affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Nicole Smith, DO
Kimberly Ainsworth, NP
Molly Holt, NP
Ingrid Leon, NP