The Department of Pulmonology is one of the most integral parts of MGM Healthcare. The department aims to treat multiple complex pulmonary challenges that involve lungs and breathing. The specialists provide some of the most diverse and comprehensive pulmonary, sleep and critical care for our patients.
The department of pulmonology consists of specialists who work in a coordinated, comprehensive and effective manner to provide every patient proper diagnosis and treatment. Our team aim is to create a holistic medical care where an individualized treatment plan is created to consider all aspects of the condition and the patient’s unique needs. Our specialists are constantly adapting and advancing with the new and innovative practices of pulmonary medicine and critical care. The high-end technologies and state of the art equipment available at MGM Healthcare helps our team to deliver the best possible solutions to the medical condition thereby providing the best outcomes.
We have some of the best pulmonologists in Chennai on-board who diagnose and treat disease and conditions for the respiratory system which includes the lungs and other organs that help you breathe.
If you are suffering from illnesses like flu or pneumonia which affects your lung for a short period of time, our specialists at the general medicine department will treat you. But if you experience chronic cough, shortness of breath, chest congestion, or any other symptoms that do not get better with time, our pulmonologist will help you diagnose the condition and treat it accordingly.
The Respiratory System
The respiratory system comprises the airway, lungs and respiratory muscles.
The airway includes the following
throat or pharynx
voice box or larynx
windpipe or trachea
bronchi which are the passageways in the lungs
bronchioles which are even smaller passageways in the lungs
alveoli which is the air sacs in the lungs
Several muscles are involved during respiration. The primary muscle used is diaphragm. The other muscles include the following:
Intercostal muscles. These muscles are involved in the mechanical aspects of breathing and help the chest to expand and shrink. They run between the ribs and help form and move the chest wall. The intercostal muscles aid in the mechanical aspects of breathing by helping expand and shrink the size of the chest.
Accessory muscles. They only assist other muscles during the breathing process and do not play a major role. However, if these muscles are strained and are used while at rest it is indicative of respiratory distress.
Expiratory muscles. These are used during forced exhalation and include muscles present in the abdominal wall and rib cage.
The Department of Pulmonology is divided into the following sub-specialities:
Interstitial lung disease, which is a group of conditions that affect the space and tissue within the lungs
Interventional pulmonology, is a part of pulmonology which involves using a multidisciplinary approach to treating airway disorders, lung cancer, and pleural diseases (that affect the membrane that surrounds the lungs called pleura)
Lung transplantation is a surgical procedure which replaces the diseased lung with a healthy lung.
Neuromuscular disorders, it comprises a set of conditions that result in respiratory muscle failure.
Obstructive lung disease, which involves narrowing or obstruction of the airways.
Sleep-disordered breathing is a general term for a broad spectrum of sleep-related breathing disorders or conditions with an abnormal breathing pattern during sleep. This includes obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), central sleep apnoea, as well as sleep-related hypoventilation and hypoxemia.
Conditions we treat
The conditions treated include but are not limited to
Advanced sleep phase syndrome
Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Central sleep apnoea
Chronic granulomatous disease
Chronic pulmonary thromboembolism
Complex sleep apnoea
Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
Delayed sleep phase
Fungal lung infection
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
Interstitial lung disease
Mediastinal lymph node enlargement
Nontuberculous mycobacterial pulmonary disease
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea
Porto pulmonary hypertension
Post-COVID lung disease
Posterior cortical atrophy
Pulmonary arteriovenous malformation
Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Pulmonary valve disease
REM sleep behaviour disorder
Restless legs syndrome
Sleep terrors (night terrors)
Sleep-related breathing disorders
Dr Apar Jindal
Clinical Director & Consultant
Department of Lung Transplant & Interventional Pulmonology/ Respiratory Medicine.
Dr Apar Jindal is a renowned and experienced professional in the field of lung transplant, having successfully managed over 300 cases with exceptional expertise in pre, post, and long-term patient care. He is an accomplished specialist in advanced lung failure management, with a particular focus on patients requiring ventilatory and ECMO support. Dr Jindal has played a significant role in facilitating air transfers of ECMO patients from all over the country, and has an outstanding track record of saving lives.
Dr. Soumitra Sinha Roy
Interventional Pulmonology and Lung Transplant Program
A Consultant Intensivist and Interventional Pulmonologist, Dr. Soumitra Sinha Roy is a well-known pulmonologist with nearly 15 years of experience. A graduate of Calcutta University and Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, his special interests and expertise include lung transplant, ECMO support for critical lung conditions, bronchoscopic & EBUS interventions using laser therapy and airway stenting. Other areas of interest are interventional medical thoracoscopy, sleep disorders, smoking cessation, COPD management and critical care medicine.
Dr Prasanna Kumar Thomas
With nearly 40 years of experience in the field of Pulmonology, Dr Prasanna Kumar Thomas is a renowned respiratory physician and a Senior Consultant at MGM Healthcare. His areas of interest include airway diseases and smoking cessation and is actively engaged in promoting smoking cessation for the public.
Dr Jayaraman S
A Senior Consultant in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at MGM Healthcare, Dr Jayaraman S comes with 20 years of experience. His experience includes the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with pulmonary conditions. He has expertise in critical care, bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy and the treatment of COPD, sleep disorder, tuberculosis, pneumonia, nicotine de-addiction, bronchitis, eosinophilia and so on.
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We have some of the best doctors in Chennai for the treatment of lung and lung disorders on-board. We have some of the best pulmonologists in Chennai on-board with vast experience and best respiratory care specialists, best lung transplant surgeons in Chennai on board who are highly skilled in handling vast repertoire of lung diseases and disorders. A consultation with our panel of pulmonologists will help you determine what kind of services you may need to help diagnose and treat your condition. If you or someone in your family or friend’s circle is having any lung related condition or disorder, the Department of Pulmonology at MGM Healthcare is here to care for you.