Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine refers to the medical specialty dealing with the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases affecting the lungs. It is considered a branch of internal medicine, and is related to intensive care medicine.
Pulmonary/ Critical Care Specialists are specially trained in diseases and conditions of the chest. In particular, they can treat conditions such as pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and complicated chest infections.
Dr. Imran Bajwa, a board-certified pulmonologist/ intensivist, has extensive training and has been practicing in the community for many years. He is the Director of IRMC’S Intensive Care Unit, which provides care for patients who are in the diagnostic or treatment stages of life-threatening or potentially life-threatening illnesses or injuries. These include conditions such as sepsis, shock, cardiac arrest, life-threatening infections, and severe respiratory failure.
Dr. Karen Barr, IRMC Physician Groups newest addition, comes to IPG with a vast amount of experience. She served as Director of Physician Coverage Services at Lifecare Hospitals of Pittsburgh, PA and then as Clinical Director of ICU at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg, PA. More recently, Dr. Barr served as an intensivist at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College, PA and Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV.
In addition to Dr. Bajwa and Dr. Barr, our pulmonology/ critical care medicine team consists of experienced critical care nurses and respiratory therapists. They utilize one-on-one observations, state of the art life support systems, ventilators, central venous monitoring, and coordination with many sub-specialists. This is tied together with a patient-centered approach and specialized care to alleviate bothersome and life-threatening respiratory infections and catastrophic conditions.