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While everyone's care is tailored just for them, here is a general look at what you can expect from your initial contact through your visit to Cleveland Clinic.

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STEP 1:
Call our ILD hotline to make an appointment. You can reach our ILD Coordinator at 866.388.5955.

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STEP 2:
Our ILD coordinator will walk you through an on-the-phone assessment of your needs, goals and any medical records that may need to be transferred prior to your visit.

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STEP 3:
The ILD coordinator will work with our scheduling office and then contact you with the best available date and time for your schedule. Our medical concierge also can help out-of-state patients arrange transportation, accommodations and other details.

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STEP 4:
Your visit could be as brief as a few days or up to five days, depending on your needs. Here is a look at a typical visit. Please keep in mind that not all appointments may be necessary for your specific evaluation.

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MONDAY:
Evaluations and specialist visits may include:

  • ILD physician consultation
  • Breathing tests
  • Rheumatologist consultation
  • Chest imaging
  • Thoracic surgery consultation
  • Preop clinic
  • Cardiac stress test

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TUESDAY:
Surgical lung biopsy or bronchoscopy if needed.

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WEDNESDAY:
Other appointments and genetics evaluation (if desired).

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THURSDAY MORNING:
ILD conference: You may choose to attend a treatment discussion of your case with our multidisciplinary team of pulmonologists, radiologists and pathologists.

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON:
Wrap-up your visit with a respiratory physician. Additional meetings may be arranged with research coordinators and the transplant team to discuss participation in clinical trials as well as the options for a lung transplant. If no meetings are requested, patients may return home.

Frame Background

As part of your unique Cleveland Clinic experience, the Respiratory Institute will work together with heart and vascular, neurology, radiology, pathology and rheumatology specialists to provide a personalized interstitial lung disease treatment plan that is right for you. We value your time and will work closely with you to schedule a visit which best suits your needs and travel schedule.

Download our free Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Treatment Guide to learn about:

  • Different types of ILD
  • How ILD is diagnosed
  • Treatment options
  • Differences between Pulmonary Fibrosis, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Usual Interstitial Pneumonia
  • What to expect during your diagnosis and treatment, including a step-by-step approach


Cleveland Clinic is ranked #3 in the nation for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report. At our Respiratory Institute, more than 60 pulmonologists, allergists/immunologists and critical care specialists are dedicated to delivering the most advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options