The Pulmonary Medicine Service was initiated in 2006 by Dr. Sandeep Tandon, Pulmonologist and Staff Physician at Tata Memorial Hospital. What began with a few referrals has exponentially increased to over 8500 consultations annually and led to the creation of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine.
The Department is constituted by three Pulmonology Consultants, two Post MD (Pulmonary Medicine) Senior Registrars and one Fellow.
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine aims at creating a teaching programme that will train future young minds to develop the skills to cater to this ever increasing need for Pulmonologists specializing in management of respiratory diseases that are prevalent and often unique to cancer patients.
We also aspire to developing research aimed at creating new information that will bolster management of respiratory disorders and strive towards achieving a better quality of life in this group.
The 2 year TMC-HBNI Fellowship in Pulmonary Oncology was conceived with this goal in mind.
The Pulmonary Medicine Service runs an Outpatient Department ( Chest Physician OPD) Monday through Friday ( excluding Wednesdays) between 8 AM and 4 pm.
The Services include respiratory evaluation of cancer patients referred from Oncology Units at Tata Memorial Hospital.
The spectrum of services includes
The Pulmonary Medicine Service attends to the need for respiratory opinion and assistance in management of admitted patients referred from across all oncology departments at Tata Memorial Hospital including the intensive care units.
Cancer incidence is increasing with globally 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018. The approach to diagnosis and treatment of cancer and management of pulmonary complications of lung and other cancers or their therapies is a specialized area requiring training, experience and expertise. Current postgraduate training though concise, provides limited exposure to diagnostic and interventional procedures required in these patients as well as exposure to the above mentioned specialized issues of cancer management. Structured, University approved training programmes to address this is lacking in India even in Cancer Institutes in Pulmonology. As one of the largest cancer centres in Asia with almost 72,000 new cancer patient registrations every year, Tata Memorial Hospital is ideally poised to reach out to the multitudes of young Chest Physicians passing out every year and training them in the above. To address this, we felt that there is a need to develop a formal , University approved, structured training fellowship programme for a sound theoretical and practical exposure to various facets of Oncology and its related procedures. A two year duration of training was hence considered necessary to do justice to the Fellowship mission.
The Department of Pulmonary Medicine along with the Thoracic Disease Management Group ( DMG) has thus initiated a Two year Fellowship in Pulmonary Oncology for Chest Physicians certified through Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) that will begin from August 2019.
The aim of this fellowship is to provide a structured curriculum and training to pulmonologists to enable them to manage pulmonary diseases, complications, co-morbidities and toxicities prevalent in the cancer patient cohort. The planned curriculum also includes training in bronchoscopy, EBUS, pleural procedures including pleuroscopy and care of critically ill cancer patients. Further details of the Fellowship are available on our webpage.
The Department also has two Senior Registrar ( SR) posts of one year tenure. The Pulmonary Oncology Fellow post as well as the one year SR posts are all recognized towards the one year PG bond of the Government of Maharashtra. ( Government Resolution )
As an academic initiative of the Thoracic DMG, the Department of Pulmonary Medicine has also initiated the fortnightly Chest Radiology as well as the monthly Chest Radiology Pathology meetings which are an academic feast and is open to participation across all specialities. It has participation also by invited external eminent experts in the field of Chest Radiology and Chest Pathology and serves as a teaching platform for all faculty and residents alike. These meetings have multi- disciplinary participation and discussions on complex respiratory radiology, pathology and clinical presentations.
Chest Physician OPD
Department Office Number: (+9122) 24177000 / Ext.No. 4872
TATA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Dr.Earnest Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai-400-012
Hospital Fax Number: (+9122) 24146937