Special Clinical Focus

  • Lung transplants
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Transbronchial and endobronchial biopsy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Lung biopsy in tumorous diseases

About us

The Department of Pulmonology at the University Hospital Basel is specialized in diagnostics and treatment of all disorders concerning the respiratory system and the pulmonary tissue. As the largest pulmonological department in Switzerland, we are able to offer the complete spectrum of modern diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the area of pulmonary diseases. At our sleep laboratory, respiratory disorders can be diagnosed and assessed during sleep and individual breathing techniques can be developed for each patient. The Department of Pulmonology cooperates closely with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital Basel and is an integral part of the “Treatment Center Lungs” (Behandlungszentrum Lunge). Aside of our clinical work, our task as a university hospital is to offer postgraduate training in pulmonology for our fellow colleagues. Additionally, we regularly offer advanced training sessions for practicing specialists in pulmonology. The Department of Pulmonology contributes significantly to a possible broadening of knowledge in the area of pulmonary disorders by clinical trials and fundamental research on both a national and international level.

Diagnostic Services

Pulmonary Function Laboratory

  • Respiratory tests
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Body plethysmography
  • Bronchial provocation
  • Spirometry
  • Blood gas analysis, CO diffusion capacity
  • Determination of inflammatory markers in respiratory gases (exhaled nitric oxide, eNO)
  • Breath control
  • Oxygen filtration
  • 6 minutes exercise test

Sleep Laboratory

  • Pulse oximetry
  • Transcutaneous capnography
  • Nightly respiration monitoring (polygraphy, polysomnography)

Endoscopy

  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Transbronchial and endobronchial biopsy, fine-needle aspiration biopsy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Pleural sonography
  • Pleural tap
  • Pleural drainage
  • Pulmonary and pleural biopsy

Therapeutic Services

  • Short-term hospital stay (short-term hospital KUK): for extensive diagnostics or for short inpatient treatment, the short-term hospital KUK of the University Hospital Basel is available.
  • Intravenous treatment in the day-hospital of the medical policlinic of the University Hospital Basel during the week (Mo-Fri).
  • During the interdisciplinary discussion of thoracic cases at the Treatment Center Lungs, the following seven disciplines are involved: Department of Pulmonology, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Medical Oncology, Institute for Pathology, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Department of Nuclear Medicine and Institute for Radiation Oncology. Because of the case history at hand, it is possible to suggest the best possible treatment immediately and refer patients fast and easy to the concerned departments for further diagnostics or treatment.
  • Access to advanced clinical trials, e.g. PROMISE (cohort study for the identification of prognostic factors in COPD), Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft fuer Klinische Krebsforschung, SAKK), etc.

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • Special consultation hours for all disorders concerning the respiratory system and the pulmonary tissue
  • International patient services offered by the International Service at the University Hospital Basel
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Pulmonology / Lungs

Other services

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)
  • Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Mucoviscidosis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)

Directions

Airports near

  • Euroairport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg3 km
  • Airport Zurich89 km

Additional staff

Prof.
Daiana Stolz

MPH, Acting Consultant, Head of Pulmonary Function

Dr. Med.
Werner Strobel

Head of Sleep Lab

Prof.
Michael Roth

Head of Fundamental Research

Dr.
Michael Gonon

Senior Consultant

Dr.
Peter Grendelmeier

Senior Consultant

Dr.
Kathleen Jahn

Assisting Senior Consultant

Dr.
Jean-Martin Wiederseiner

Senior Consultant