Overlake Medical Clinics Pulmonary Medicine
Overlake Medical Clinics Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists, located on the sixth floor of the Medical Tower, is staffed by specialists who are board certified in the fields of pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine. In addition to clinical care for related illnesses, our physicians have engaged in research related to lung diseases. They regularly attend national and international meetings to review and sometimes speak on their pulmonary specialties.
Your patients will receive the highest level of care possible. We offer a full line of state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services within our specialty. Our physicians specialize in caring for patients, both the common and complex pulmonary disorders that require the time and the expertise of a specialist in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. As a patient, you have access to the latest technology, and highly trained technical and clinical staff who make your care their priority.
Our team of physicians includes:
Introducing: Bronchial Thermoplasty
Bronchial Thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure that will help severe asthma patients achieve better control of their symptoms all year long. The procedure is being performed by Amy Markezich, MD, a pulmonologist skilled in bronchoscopy and specially trained to perform bronchial thermoplasty. Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure that treats severe asthma by going to the source. The lungs consist of multiple airway passages that are surrounded by airway smooth muscle. For people with asthma, this airway smooth muscle is more susceptible to triggers and irritants that can cause it to constrict and reduce the amount of air that flows through the lungs. Bronchial thermoplasty uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks.
Bronchial thermoplasty with the Alair® System is approved by the FDA for adults with severe asthma who are not well controlled on current medications, and is expected to complement asthma medications by providing long-lasting asthma control. The procedure is routinely performed under moderate sedation and the patient goes home the same day. To treat the entire lung, the complete bronchial thermoplasty procedure is performed in three separate outpatient treatment sessions, each treating a different area of the lung and scheduled approximately three weeks apart.
In clinical studies, the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty included reduced severe asthma attacks, decreased visits to the ER and hospital for respiratory symptoms, and less time lost from work or school due to asthma.
- 44% average decrease in percent of patients having severe exacerbations compared to the year prior to bronchial thermoplasty.
- 48% average decrease in severe exacerbation event rates compared to the year prior to bronchial thermoplasty.
- 88% percent average decrease in ER visit event rates compared to the year prior to bronchial thermoplasty.
Additional Pulmonary Procedures Offered
- Full Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET)
- Complete Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
- Performance Exercise Testing (PXT)
- Chest X-ray
- Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
- Endobronchial Ultrasound
- Pleur-X Catheter Insertion
American Lung Association
National Institutes of Health
1135 116th Avenue NE, Suite 600
Bellevue, WA 98004
Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.