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Occupational Lung Clinic

Occupational lung diseases are a group of acute or chronic respiratory illnesses that are caused by either repeated, extended exposure or a single, severe exposure to irritating or toxic substances at the workplace, often long after the exposure has stopped.

The UNM Occupational Lung Clinic is a specialized clinic that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and management of occupational lung diseases that occur in the southwestern United States.

 Conditions We Treat

The occupational lung diseases we treat include:

  • Occupational asthma
  • Pneumoconiosis (asbestosis, silicosis, coal workers pneumoconiosis and uranium miners pneumoconioses)
  • Beryllium exposure / chronic beryllium lung disease
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Irritant vocal cord dysfunction
  • Work-related bronchiolitis obliterans
  • Environmental lung diseases
  • Occupational emphysema (COPD)
  • Occupational lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma


Our clinic provides the following services:

  • Independent medical evaluation.
  • Lung impairment evaluation.
  • Workers compensation services.
  • Evaluation for the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC) programs, such as Part E.
  • B-reading of hard copy or digital chest X-rays for rating pneumoconiosis.
  • Maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
  • Full pulmonary function testing.
  • Methacholine bronchoprovocation test, which measures lung function, with laryngoscopic evaluation.
  • Bronchoscopy with lavage and biopsy.
  • Impairment ratings.
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