University Pulmonary and Critical Care

University Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians and nurse practitioners specialize in the treatment of critical medicial conditions of patients who are typically hospitalized in an intensive car unit as well as diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary conditions in both inpatients & outpatients. 

Since 1972, UPCC has provided exceptional care for patients with critical conditions or respiratory or sleep disorders. Our patient population draws from eastern Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky, western North Carolina and northern Georgia. UPCC is located in The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute, and its board-certified physicians are faculty members of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.

At UPCC we strive to employ state of the art diagnostic & treatment modalities to address our patients problems. Compassionate expert care is provided by our physicians and nurse practitioners. We are proud to provide specialty services by creating clinics for specific diseases. The specialty clinics we provide are Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Interventional Pulmonary, Chest Service, and Pulmonary Hypertension clinics. Please visit our Patient Education section to learn more about these services.

Much of our clinical focus is on inpatients with acute pulmonary illness as well as critically ill patients requiring advanced medical critical care at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where our physicians staff the Critical Care Medicine service.  With the volume of patients needing to be seen in the hospital, our physicians rotate their services between the hospital and clinic.  We have highly trained nurse practitioners that see patients in the office for follow up visits after the patient has been seen first by the physician.  The nurse practitioners also see patients after being discharged from the hospital.

Procedures performed by our physicians include:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) guided biopsies
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Therapeutic Bronchoscopy with tumor destruction using cautery, thermal ablation and cryotherapy
  • Tracheobronchial Dilation and Stenting
  • Removal of Aspirated Foreign Objects
  • Placement of Pleural Catheters
  • Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter Placement
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty for Asthma


A complete range of services that are done in our office include Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Arterial Blood Gas (ABG), 6 Minute Walk test, Methacholine Challenge, Chest X-rays, and Cardiac Pulmonary Exercise (CPE).  These may be ordered during the evaluation and management for the variety of lung related illnesses we treat.

We work as a consultant to your primary care physician and sometimes only a single office visit is necessary to clarify a diagnosis or update treatment plans. In other situations, longer pulmonary follow-up is recommended. When ongoing pulmonary visits are needed, those will generally be performed by our highly trained nurse practitioners. There is a high degree of collaboration between our nurse practitioners and the physicians and any un-expected findings will be reviewed by our physicians. All chest x-rays done in our office are reviewed by a physician. Often, once our evaluation is completed and furnished to your primary care provider, long-term follow up here will not be needed.

We strongly believe in education for our patients, the community, and the training of medical students, resident physicians, pulmonary fellows, pharmacy students, and nurse practitioner students.  That is why all physicians are board certified and serve as faculty for UT Graduate Medical School of Medicine.

UPCC will provide you or your family member exceptional, compassionate care.
Contact us at 865-524-7471.

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Office Location:

1940 Alcoa Highway
Suite E-210
Knoxville, TN 37920

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Phone: (865) 524-7471


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