Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine provides diagnostic and treatment services to combat respiratory failure, lung diseases and sleep-related breathing disorders.

We are experienced in helping patients through all stages of illness and treatment, from a chronic cough or shortness of breath to ventilator management for critically ill patients.

Conditions and Diseases We Treat

Based in Manhattan, our doctors offer comprehensive and personalized care for a wide range of respiratory problems, including:

  • Acute lung injury
  • Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease (pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Lung cancer (detection, diagnosis and treatment)
  • Occupational and environmental lung disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Respiratory control
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnea)


Special Programs and Services

The division features the James P. Mara Center for Lung Disease, which is dedicated to developing programs that optimize patient care, education, teaching and research and to enhancing the lives of patients disabled by lung disorders. The center is involved in a broad range of initiatives, including:

Smoking Cessation Program
Since its inception in 2000, this highly successful bilingual (English and Spanish) cessation program has helped many people say goodbye to smoking. It is based on the philosophy that each patient’s plan to quit must be integrated into his or her medical care.

Community Outreach
Outreach activities include screenings for lung disease and asthma, the Great American Smokeout, Asthma Day, COPD Day and other initiatives.

Support Groups and Wellness Lectures
The center provides informative lectures to patients throughout the year and hosts support groups for patients, survivors, their families and caregivers.

Asthma Management Education
In addition to treating asthma, our specialists educate asthma patients in self-care and treatment options.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
The outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program includes special pulmonary fitness classes and an educational component covering such topics as managing pulmonary illness, nutrition counseling, stress reduction and proper medication usage.

Advanced Facilities

Our specialists in this division use leading-edge facilities for testing and diagnostic purposes, including:

The Pulmonary Function Testing Lab
This special laboratory enables us to evaluate and monitor our patients' breathing capabilities and lung function before and after treatment or surgery. The lab also helps us to assess a patient's pre-operative risk.

Patients benefit from pulmonary function tests, exercise testing and inhalation challenges. The pulmonary function tests help us identify respiratory diseases and determine the degree of breathing impairment a patient is experiencing. With regularly scheduled testing, we can track an illness' progression and a treatment's effectiveness.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Facilities
Is an individual's shortness of breath caused by the heart or the lungs? The division's advanced cardiopulmonary exercise testing facilities enable our specialists to clarify the relative impact of pulmonary disease and cardiac disease on a patient's breathing difficulties. We integrate traditional EKG stress testing with breath-by-breath measurements of a patient's respiratory system efficiency to determine heart and lung abnormalities.

Bronchoscopy Suite
A bronchoscopy is a procedure we rely on to examine the lungs' main airways -- the bronchi. We use a flexible bronchoscope, equipped with a miniature video camera, to gather real-time information within the lungs.

Our modern bronchoscopy suite's fiber-optic bronchoscopy system enables us to perform bronchial biopsies and brushings, laser therapy and endobronchial stent placement. This state-of-the-art facility helps us evaluate and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, obtain tissue and fluid samples, or remove a foreign body. We can also investigate the cause of a patient's cough or abnormal chest X-ray.

Critical Care Expertise

The division also includes critical care specialists who are dedicated to saving lives through such initiatives as reducing ventilator associated pneumonia, controlling blood sugar during a severe illness and using advanced technologies for bedside management of pulmonary, cardiac and neurological disease.

Sleep Medicine

It is estimated that some 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which can be associated with other medical problems. The most common sleep disorders include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, snoring, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. We offer special expertise in diagnosing and treating these maladies, including an Ambulatory Sleep Study Program.

Cutting-Edge Research

Members of the division are committed to participating in leading-edge research. Ongoing research programs focus on the study of airway biology, lung vascular permeability and chronic obstructive lung disease -- including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. This genetic disease may lead to the early onset of emphysema and possibly liver disease -- especially in younger people.

Other research projects focus on the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and emphysema, and the management of critically ill patients, especially those with sepsis, sepsis shock and infections.

Our Doctors

The division is headed by Edward Eden, MD, a highly experienced, board-certified pulmonologist. Physicians in this division serve on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and are members of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai  St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West.

Bedsides Dr. Eden, the division is comprised of various other skilled physicians, including:


Contact Us

For information, an appointment or a consultation, you can contact us at several Manhattan locations, including the Upper West Side and East Harlem.

Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice
425 West 59th Street, Suite 8A
New York, NY 10019
T 212-523-8672

Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice
36 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
T 212-523-8672 

Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice
1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 5A
New York, NY 10025
T 212-523-8672

Useful Links

Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program
American Thoracic Society
American Lung Association 
American College of Chest Physicians