Pulmonologist in Orlando
Our Orlando pulmonary specialist treats diseases of the lungs and airways, such as COPD, asthma, autoimmune lung diseases and complicated chest infections. It’s our goal to provide our patients with personalized treatment plans that address respiratory issues and reduce symptoms that negatively impact quality of life.
We create custom treatment plans that aim to reduce risk factors for various lung diseases and conditions. For patients who have lung conditions, we help them to manage their symptoms and optimize their respiratory function.
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Your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. We are passionate about teaching patients to manage their condition on a daily basis and providing expert treatments for patients to live longer, healthier lives. Our Orlando pulmonologist strives to restore optimal pulmonary function for all patients.
Conditions Treated by Our Pulmonologist
Asthma is a chronic condition that occurs when the airways are narrowed and airflow to the lungs is restricted. In response to an allergen or triggering substance, the airways inflame and produce extra mucus, which hinders a person’s ability to breathe. Inhalers, nebulizers and oral medications are available to treat the symptoms of asthma.
Many people struggle with allergies to common foods (such as nuts and shellfish) as well as airborne substances (such as dust and pollen). When the immune system reacts to a foreign substance, this is considered an allergy. For patients with asthma, our Orlando pulmonologist provides oral medications, decongestants and immunotherapy.
Autoimmune Lung Diseases
Autoimmune lung conditions, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease, can be diagnosed with various lab tests, imaging tests and pulmonary function tests. We provide oral medications, pulmonary rehabilitation and surgeries to help manage autoimmune lung diseases.
Atelectasis is a condition characterized by a collapse of the lung. With atelectasis, the air sacs in the lungs do not inflate properly and oxygen is not delivered to the rest of the body, which can lead to serious health conditions. Treatments for this condition include surgery, CPAP machines and therapy techniques.
When the bronchial tubes of the lungs become damaged, this is called bronchiectasis. Bronchiectasis makes it difficult for the lungs to clear mucus, and it often results from infections, such as pneumonia. Antibiotics, expectorants, inhaled corticosteroids and surgeries are available treatment methods.
Cor pulmonale, a pulmonary condition stemming from high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries, causes blood flow from the right ventricle of the heart to decrease. This condition can eventually lead to right-ventricle failure, so early evaluation and treatment of this condition is critical. Treatments include oral medications, diuretics and surgeries.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is a lung disease characterized by perpetual decline of airflow and breathing ability. There are four stages of this disease, and symptoms including wheezing, frequent colds, chest tightness and trouble taking deep breaths. Oral medications, lifestyle modifications, inhalers and various forms of lung therapy are utilized to treat this condition.
Any cough that lasts longer than three weeks is considered a chronic cough condition and should be brought to our Orlando pulmonary specialist for diagnosis and treatment. After running tests, such as x-rays, pulmonary function tests or endoscopies, our pulmonologist will help you to determine the best route of treatment.
Dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, occurs when one or more phases of the swallowing process are ineffective. People with this disorder often experience choking, food stuck in the throat, reflux, coughing when eating or drinking, and regurgitating food. Oral medications, lifestyle modifications and therapy are available to improve swallowing function.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue is damaged or scarred. This trauma results in the production of thick scar tissue that hinders lung function. Though this condition cannot be reversed, treatment is available to better manage the symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis.
Pulmonary embolism is a condition that occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs and blocks an artery. A person with pulmonary embolism may experience chest pain, lightheadedness, increased heart rate and a persistently dry cough. Blood thinners and other oral medications may be prescribed to reduce blood clots and prevent the development of new clots.
Pulmonary edema occurs when there’s an excess of fluid in the lungs. As the lungs fill with fluid, breathing becomes difficult and a person may experience chest pain and incessant coughing. Various treatments, including therapy, diuretics and blood pressure medications are available to help restore lung function.
Emphysema is a condition resulting from damaged air sacs in the lungs. This lung condition inhibits oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. Emphysema is often associated with chronic bronchitis, and people with this condition experience shortness of breath during daily activities. Treatments such as oral medications, therapy and surgery are often used to treat the symptoms of emphysema.
When the lining of the bronchial tubes in the lungs becomes inflamed or swollen, this is called bronchitis. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic, and people with this condition experience shortness of breath, fever and increased mucus production. Acute bronchitis can be treated with antibiotics and cough medicines, while chronic bronchitis may require pulmonary therapy to improve symptoms.
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. This infection is caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses, and leads to inflammation in the air sacs. The air sacs fill with pus or fluid in response, impeding a person’s ability to breathe. To treat patients with pneumonia, antibiotics are typically prescribed.
Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that mainly affects the lungs and lymph glands. This disease causes abnormal masses to develop in various organs. People with sarcoidosis may experience tender bumps or patches on the skin, enlarged lymph glands, a hoarse voice and swollen joints. To diagnose this condition, we perform x-rays and blood tests. To treat this condition, we may prescribe an oral medication.
Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease in the lungs. This disease is contagious and can spread when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes. People with tuberculosis may sweat at night, experience a persistent cough, experience chest pain, or cough up blood. Treatment includes a series of oral medications to treat the infection.
A lung nodule is an accumulation of abnormal tissue in the lung. Though most lung nodules are noncancerous, some are malignant. These growths appear on x-rays and imaging tests, and oftentimes, they don’t elicit any symptoms. If our pulmonologist detects a lung nodule, we may perform a biopsy and continue to monitor the nodule through various imaging tests.
Lung cancer is a disease that originates in the lungs and is often caused by smoking, genetics and exposure to toxins. A person with lung cancer may experience chest pain, coughing up blood, wheezing, trouble breathing and weight loss. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment may include oral medications, surgery and radiation therapy.
Your Orlando Pulmonologist
Dr. Marcia Katz
Dr. Marcia Katz is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the UCF College of Medicine. She is board-certified in pulmonary disease, internal medicine, and critical care medicine.
At UCF Health, Dr. Katz’ practice focuses on the multidisciplinary care of patients with lung disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, and interstitial lung disease. She is a nationally-recognized expert in the care of adults with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Katz was Associate Chair of Medicine for Clinical Affairs, Medical Director of the Department of Medicine for the Faculty Group Practice, and Chief of Adult Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital/The Pavilion for Women. She was the director of the Maconda Brown O’Connor, Ph.D. Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at Baylor College of Medicine, where she was also the Brown Foundation Endowed Professor of Adult Cystic Fibrosis.
Dr. Katz’ patients know her as a remarkable doctor who treats patients with compassion, respect and consideration.
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