About the Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC
Founded in 2001 thanks to the generosity of the Simmons family, The Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease provides:
- State-of-the-art care for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD) that is comprehensive and compassionate.
- International leadership in research on lung inflammation and fibrosis, promoting the translation of scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients with these lung disorders.
- A complete resource for the education of patients and their families regarding ILD and its impact on their lifestyle.
- Patient-friendly advice and support for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
The ILD Treatment Team
At the Simmons Center, evaluation and treatment by a multidisciplinary team is the rule rather than the exception.
The center's clinical team includes:
- Pulmonologists, including lung-transplant specialists, occupational physicians, and sleep specialists
- Thoracic surgeons
- Clinical nurse specialists
Simmons Center specialists work closely with colleagues in related medical specialties, as well as University of Pittsburgh researchers, to:
- Improve the care of people with ILD
- Offer our patients the full capabilities of UPMC, a world-class academic health system
- Translate basic IPF research into new treatments that may save lives in the future
- Make referrals to UPMC's Lung Transplant Program — one of the most experienced in the world — for possible lung transplantation