Interstitial Lung Disease Program

Clinical Services: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Upper East Side
425 East 61st Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10065
(646) 962-2333
Lower Manhattan
156 William Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(646) 962-5665

The Weill Cornell Medicine Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive and personalized care to our patients living with ILD and pulmonary fibrosis. We work with an expert multidisciplinary team of providers to ensure that we provide an accurate diagnosis, offer patients the most up-to-date information about their disease and treatment options, and develop a patient-centered care plan that aligns with our patients’ values and goals.

Our Mission

• Diagnose and treat patients with all forms of ILD
• Provide patients with the most up-to-date information about diagnosis and treatment options based on cutting edge research in the field
• Work closely with our expert colleagues in other departments across Weill Cornell Medicine in order to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary care
• Develop care plans in partnership with our patients and their families that focus on improving the lives of patients with ILD
• Offer patients access to the latest clinical trials in the field
• Provide our trainees with the tools to effectively diagnose and manage ILD through intense immersion in the ILD program
• Educate the wider medical community about ILD symptoms, early detection and appropriate referral to our center

Partner with investigators at our institution, across the nation, and world-wide to conduct research aimed at improving our understanding of ILD, increasing available safe therapeutic options, and improving the quality of life for our patients 

Conditions We Treat

At Weill Cornell Medicine, we diagnose and treat all forms of interstitial lung disease and pulmonary fibrosis, including:

• Alveolar hemorrhage syndromes
• Bronchiolitis obliterans
• Connective tissue disease associated ILD (anti-synthetase syndrome, dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease)
• Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema
• Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
• Drug-induced ILD
• Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis
• Eosinophilic pneumonia
• Familial pulmonary fibrosis
• Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s granulomatosis)
• Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
• Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
• Langerhans cell histiocytosis
• Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
• Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonia
• Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia
• Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis
• Pneumoconioses and occupational lung diseases
• Progressive fibrotic ILD
• Sarcoidosis
• Unclassifiable ILD

What to Expect During Your Visit

Please bring your previous chest imaging (reports and images on a disc), pulmonary function test reports, lung biopsy report and glass slides (if done), if not already submitted prior to the visit.

Your provider will perform a comprehensive history and physical examination, review any prior testing and imaging you have had related to your diagnosis. You may be asked to undergo additional testing to help us make the diagnosis.

Making the Diagnosis

Interstitial lung disease can take on a variety of forms. Often, understanding if a patient has interstitial lung disease and what caused it can be a challenge. It requires taking a detailed history, performing a thorough physical exam, ordering the appropriate testing, and reviewing imaging and biopsy results (if performed) with a team of specialists with expertise in ILD. Our team of ILD providers work closely as part of a multidisciplinary group of specialists in order to provide our patients with an accurate diagnosis. We meet weekly to discuss cases at our multidisciplinary conference.

Multidisciplinary Care

Our specialists work closely with a group of experts from specialties across Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian to diagnose and manage our patients’ lung disease and any related health problems.

Division of Cardiology

Division of Chest Imaging

Gastroesophageal Reflux and Motility Disorders Center

Pulmonary Hypertension

Lung Transplant Program at Columbia University

Palliative Care

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

HSS Rheumatology


Center for Sleep Medicine

Division of Thoracic Pathology

Thoracic Surgery

We also work closely with patients’ referring pulmonologists and primary care providers to develop and coordinate a personalized care plan.

Innovative Research

Weill Cornell Medicine serves as the primary site for several ongoing research studies aimed at improving our understanding of ILD and developing treatments. (CLEANUP-IPF; PRECISIONS)

Weill Cornell Medicine is a participating site in several ongoing national and global clinical trials and registries in ILD. (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung Disease Prospective Outcomes Registry (IPF/ILD-PRO); Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Registry).

Our physicians are active in leading many of these studies with support from the National Institute of Health and industry partners.

See our full list of actively enrolling research studies here

Awards and Recognitions

NYP #1 hospital in New York, #4 Hospital in the nation

NYP - Now the Number 4 Hospital in the Nation

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) designated care center

Helpful Links

Link to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

Link to American Thoracic Society patient resources

Link to Clinical Trials .gov


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