Nathan Sandbo, MD, UW Health Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine

>>There’s about a hundred different
types of interstitial lung diseases, and oftentimes patients will come to me, and
they may not have a very clear diagnosis, and the one thing that I can do
for them is give them, you know, use the expertise at the University of
Wisconsin, pull together experts in radiology, experts in pathology, and give
them a more precise diagnosis, then hopefully help them with treatment options. Oftentimes, if you’re not seeing someone
who’s a specialist in these areas, you may be left with a more vague diagnosis and not really understand what the
totality of your treatment options are. So, you know, making a precise diagnosis
allows us to decide between treat, patients who would be eligible for certain
treatments that may change the course of the disease, or if no
treatments are available, then we oftentimes can help refer
patients for clinical trials of medications that are ongoing here at
the University of Wisconsin. Now, I, of course, enjoy interacting with
patients in the clinic because you get to learn about their life, you get to, and see
how the disease is impacting them. It’s also a challenge. You know, it, you play a little bit of a
detective role, and that is very gratifying, especially when you can identify what
is actually going on with the patient and then provide them with good information
and hopefully some treatment options. So all of those things are gratifying to
me, and that’s why I like to see patients.

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