Lung & Respiratory Care

Also known as Pulmonology

Lung care from pulmonary specialists

Lung and Respiratory Care at Anna Jaques Hospital

We know that when it’s hard to breathe, you don’t feel your best. That’s why Anna Jaques’ pulmonologists are dedicated to helping you breathe more easily and feel better. Using the latest technology, our expert team can diagnose, treat and manage all types of lung disease.

Our providers work with experts from other specialties to ensure you receive the best possible care. Your treatment plan might include both inpatient and outpatient visits, as well as medical and surgical services. Our services include our expert sleep lab, respiratory care for inpatients and diagnostic neurology. No matter what level of treatment you need, you can trust our team to provide comprehensive, compassionate care.

What is a Pulmonologist?

A pulmonologist is a doctor who is specially trained to diagnose and treat conditions that affect your respiratory system. Pulmonologists can assess all lung conditions from acute illnesses, like bronchitis and pneumonia, to lifelong conditions, like asthma and cystic fibrosis.

Conditions We Treat

Our highly skilled, board-certified physicians provide specialized care for health conditions that affect your chest and lungs.

  • Asthma
  • Benign and malignant airway stenosis and obstruction
  • Benign esophageal disease, such as heartburn, hiatal hernia and achalasia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Excessive central airway collapse
  • Lung cancer and nodules
  • Pleural disease and effusions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tracheostomy-related complications
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Services We Offer

Find details on the lung and respiratory care offered by our pulmonary specialists.

Respiratory Care

With state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained and experienced staff, we provide respiratory care services to adults and pediatric patients on an inpatient, emergency or outpatient basis with physician referral. Our respiratory services cover a wide range of needs:

  • Airway management
  • Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
  • Bronchopulmonary hygiene
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Delivery of aerosolized medications
  • Home care discharge planning and education
  • Oxygen and specialty medical gas administration
  • Patient consultation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
Diagnostic Testing

We offer the latest in diagnostic respiratory services:

  • Arterial blood gas sampling and analysis
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Rest and exercise oximetry testing
  • Sleep studies
Pulmonary Function Laboratory & Testing

This is a painless and non-invasive test that can provide early detection of a breathing problem. These tests can tell your doctor:

  • What quantity of air you breathe with each breath intake
  • How efficiently you move air in and out of your lungs
  • How well your lungs deliver oxygen to your bloodstream

Using this information, your doctor can recommend the best treatment that can prevent disease from progressing.

Thoracic Clinic

Thoracic diseases are those that affect the organs in the chest, including the lungs, esophagus and heart. Our experts in the Thoracic Clinic at the Anna Jaques Cancer Center specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect breathing.

Our Thoracic Clinic is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. Through this partnership, we can deliver the advanced care you’d expect from a major Boston medical center, with a convenient, personalized approach right here in your community – the best of both worlds. 

Together, we offer a full array of community-based health services in Newburyport and, when needed, advanced treatment options and specialists at BIDMC. Our program offers a committed team that works together to diagnose and direct the treatment of lung and esophageal diseases — all within the comfort of the Anna Jaques campus.

Comprehensive Thoracic Care

We provide community-based care for these and many other thoracic conditions:

In addition, we care for those with symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux or difficulty swallowing. These are often the result of esophageal disease. We treat both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions of the esophagus.

We offer these and other thoracic services:

  • Advanced care for complex airway diseases
  • COPD treatment
  • Emphysema treatment
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treatment
  • Screening, diagnosis and staging for cancers of the lung and esophagus

Frequently Asked Questions About Lung Cancer Screening

If you’re a current or former smoker, you may be eligible for an annual lung cancer screening test. The sooner lung cancer is diagnosed, the better your chance for effective treatment and improved quality of life.

Am I eligible for a screening test? 

You are eligible for low dose computed tomography (LDCT) once per year, if you meet these conditions:

  • You are between 50 and 80 years old.
  • You don’t have signs or symptoms of lung cancer (asymptomatic).
  • You are either a current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years.
  • You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 20 “pack years” (smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years).
  • You get a written order from your doctor.
My doctor diagnosed me with a pulmonary nodule. Does this mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily. In fact, up to 25% of patients who smoked at least 30 “pack years” have lung nodule on CT of the chest, and only a minority of those patients eventually have lung cancer.  The key is to follow up on the lung nodule.

My spouse has been asking me to quit smoking for years, and I finally agreed. Will my lungs repair themselves, or is the damage already done?

When you quit smoking, the inflammation in the airways goes down. The little hair-like projections in the airways that we call cilia — which are paralyzed by smoke — begin to work again. So, the lungs will get better in weeks to months. Your breathing will get better. Your ability to exercise will improve.

Paradoxically, people find that they cough a little right after they stop smoking, but that's natural. That's the lungs cleaning themselves out. If you've been smoking a long time and have developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the lungs never totally heal.

Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the airway. Some of that inflammation can be reversed. But if the inflammation has led to scarring on the walls of the airway, some of that inflammation cannot be reversed.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Learn how pulmonary rehabilitation at Anna Jaques Hospital can help you safely return to your daily activities.

Services & Specialties

When needed, your lung doctor will work with other specialists at Anna Jaques to ensure you have the care you need to feel your very best.

Meet Our Pulmonologists

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Ghazwan Acash, MD, FCCP Specialty Pulmonary Medicine
Essam Ansari, MD, MPH
Essam Ansari, MD, MPH Specialty Pulmonary Medicine
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Toufic Saad, MD Specialty Pulmonary Medicine
Patrick Scanlon, DO, FCCP
Patrick Scanlon, DO, FCCP Specialty Pulmonary Medicine

Featured Location

Newburyport Medical Center Pulmonology Clinic Address Icon One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way
Suite 2003
Newburyport, MA 01950
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