Pulmonary Diseases

Pulmonary Diseases at GBMC
The Division of Pulmonary Diseases addresses lung diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, pneumonias, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, inhalation of toxic agents and immunological diseases. Other aspects include sleep disorders, obesity and respiratory failure. An on-site Pulmonary Function Lab assesses lung function and oxygen levels in blood at rest and with exercise. The division's intensivist program supervises patients in the Intensive Care Unit. The Arterial Blood Gases Lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists.

Our Mission is to provide respiratory care and customer service of the highest quality to each patient with a vision to be recognized as a leading provider of respiratory care services in Maryland; to provide medical, professional and community education and remain dedicated to the GREATER Values of Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Ethical Behavior and Results.
George Bedon, MD George Bedon, MD
Chief, Division of Pulmonary Diseases

Dr. Bedon received his medical degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and completed his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He specializes in Pulmonary Disease Medicine.

To find a pulmonary disease specialist who is right for you, call 443-849-GBMC (4262) or follow the link to Find a Doctor.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if I have COPD?
COPD is diagnosed based upon investigation of the history of cough, shortness of breath and smoking. The history is considered in conjunction with x-rays and pulmonary function tests to determine if you have COPD.

How can you evaluate shortness of breath?
In order to evaluate shortness of breath, you will need to share a detailed medical history with your health care provider, who will also perform a physical exam. The physical can help your physician to assess whether the cause of your breath is related to pulmonary conditions, cardiac conditions, metabolic issues, anemia, etc.

Do I have asthma?
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways and can be triggered by things such as pollution and allergies. Further investigation with an allergist can be performed to diagnose and treat asthma.

Why do I have a cough?
Cough can be secondary to allergies, inflammatory diseases, infections, bronchitis, reflux, sinuses, etc. In order to diagnose the problem properly, you would need an extensive evaluation to rule out/pinpoint causes.

Do I need oxygen therapy?
Treatment with oxygen therapy is subject to many regulations and guidelines. An evaluation to determine oxygen saturation at rest, while walking and exercising, and while sleeping must be performed to find out if oxygen therapy is right for you.

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