Sarasota Pulmonologist Dr. Howard Diener:
Diagnosis & Treatment of Lung Disorders
Patients are offered state-of-the-art diagnostic and management service for all diseases affecting the lungs with Pulmonary Function testing, influenza vaccines, respiratory treatments, oxygen saturation, and chest x-ray evaluation for your convenience at the office location. Complex imaging studies are performed at affiliated institutions and the latest Bronchoscopy techniques are done at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Diener performs all bronchoscopy procedures, including routine inspection of the airways, extraction of foreign bodies, fluoroscopy-guided biopsy, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), endobronchial cryotherapy, and Bronchothermoplasty for Asthma.
Some of the common Pulmonary diseases treated at the Suncoast Lung Center include:
Asthma, Bronchitis, COPD, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis, Pneumonia, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary support for patients with Lung Cancer, and limited forms of Pulmonary Hypertension.
The team at the Suncoast Lung Center includes our Certified Medical Assistant Tabby, administrative office coordinator Rhonda, financial counselor Tina, and Pulmonary Function technician Linda. All of your insurance and billing questions are handled onsite with personal help navigating the insurance maze. When you come to the office, you are evaluated by Dr. Diener at every visit -your care team does not include Physician extenders. New patient appointments average 45 minutes and follow-up visits are scheduled for 30 minutes with emergency appointments usually available the same day. We respect your schedule, and every effort is made to keep timely appointments. Telephone calls are returned promptly, often within the hour and we interface with DME services, insurance companies, and pharmacies to facilitate treatment plans.
We believe that patient education is paramount and that understanding the disease process is an integral part of the healing process. Patients are encouraged to discuss questions with the Doctor and maintain active participation in the development of their care plan. Self-management skills, preventive care, and open discussions including end-of-life issues are prioritized.
Parking and wheelchair ramps in front of the office provide easy access for those with respiratory difficulties. For potential new patients we offer a complimentary “get acquainted” meeting with Dr. Diener and staff. This visit allows you the opportunity to ask questions and make sure you feel comfortable with those participating in your medical care.
We look forward to meeting you! Our goal is to provide excellent Pulmonary Medicine services delivered with compassion, efficiency, and a bit of “old school” comfort that is often difficult to find in todays’ changing medical climate.
Consult Dr. Diener if you suffer from any condition related to the lungs including:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Pulmonary Embolism