Interventional Pulmonology Program

Program Introduction

The Interventional Pulmonology Program at the University of Colorado is the only University-based teaching hospital Interventional Pulmonology Program in the state of Colorado. The program offers a wide variety of patient services including lung cancer screening, nodule clinic, smoking cessation, multidisciplinary clinics with our thoracic surgery and ENT surgery team in complex airway diseases, multidisciplinary clinic with thoracic oncology program in lung and thoracic malignancies, interventional pulmonary clinic and a wide variety of state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic, pleural and airway procedures.

Our state of the art hybrid interventional pulmonology suite offers a two-in-one, operating room and bronchoscopy suite facility which allows wide range of procedure ranging from simple bronchoscopies under conscious sedation to advance therapeutic rigid bronchoscopies and medical pleuroscopy in one place.


UCH Hybrid Interventional Pulmonary OR

Common procedure IP


Some of the common procedure routinely performed in our IP program include:

  • Minimally invasive lung cancer diagnosis and staging with robotic bronchoscopy, navigation bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound
  • Airway recanalization with laser, cryotherapy, and electrocautery
  • Airway stent placement and rigid bronchoscopy
  • Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (airway valve placement)
  • Treatment of tracheal stenosis and tracheobronchomalacia
  • Medical pleuroscopy and indwelling pleural catheter placement
  • Airway Thermoplasty

The Program is run by an internationally renowned Interventional Pulmonologist with more than 16 years of experience in IP, Dr. Ali Musani, who is a board-certified interventional pulmonologist with a vast experience in complex airways and pleural procedures. Dr. Musani currently serves as the past president of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and Board of Regents of the World Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He has authored more than 100 research and review publications in the area of interventional pulmonology and authored multiple text books and edited journals on the topic of IP.

Clinical research is an integral part of our IP program. We participate in numerous international and national clinical trials and offer cutting edge diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to our patients before they are available in most of the country. 


group pulm IP

Mike Weyant, Thoracic Surgeon, Matt Cleary, ENT Surgeon,  Ali Musani, Interventional Pulmonologist, and Chris Kniese, Interventional Pulmonary Fellow working together on a complex procedure.