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One of America’s Top 100 Hospitals for Lung Care

Our award-winning pulmonary team treats diseases that affect the lungs, from respiratory conditions to sleep-disordered breathing and lung cancer.


Pulmonary Care

Pulmonary medicine focuses on the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases affecting the lungs. Diseases commonly evaluated and treated by Summa Health pulmonologists and respiratory therapists include:

Quality Care

GO2 AwardTo effectively treat these conditions, Summa Health pulmonary specialists utilize a wide range of minimally invasive techniques and treatments and the latest equipment and technology. We have been recognized for our efforts with numerous quality awards, including a Screening Center of Excellence (SCOE) designation. Presented by the Go2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, this designation recognizes Summa Health as providing responsible, high-quality low-dose CT screening for early detection of lung cancer and complying with comprehensive standards based on best practices. 

Summa Health also has been recognized with two pulmonary-related Specialty Clinical Quality Awards from Healthgrades. Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes to help consumers understand, compare and evaluate hospital performance.

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020) 
    Superior clinical outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)
    Superior clinical outcomes in treating pulmonary embolism, respiratory system failure and sepsis.

 Pneumonia Award 2023Respiratory Award 2023COPD Award 2023Pulmonary Care Award 2023Sepsis Award 2023Critical Care 2023 Award

Collaborative Approach

The Summa Health pulmonary medicine team closely collaborates with experts in nearly every specialty to deliver effective patient-centered care. This multidisciplinary approach helps develop an individualized treatment plan based on a full range of options, comprehensive evaluations, an accurate diagnosis, and your personal concerns and treatment goals.

Additional Patient Support

What’s more, Summa Health patient navigators assist patients, families and caregivers in “navigating” their journey to help ensure timely and quality care. Involved from the first finding through diagnostic testing, treatment and follow-up, our experienced navigators:

  • Respond to questions and help you communicate with the care team.
  • Explain the rationale behind planned treatments.
  • Coordinate care across the healthcare continuum, including scheduling appointments, tests and consultations.
  • Provide assistance in overcoming any barriers to care.

Summa Health patient navigators can help reduce your anxiety and enhance your ability to follow through with appointments and prescribed treatment. They are here to help make what may seem overwhelming more manageable.

Lynn during her interview

Vital for Nationally Ranked Lung Care, Close to Home

Diagnosed with COVID-19 and double pneumonia, Lynn was on a ventilator for four weeks. She then spent two weeks at the Summa Rehab Hospital to rebuild her strength and another three months with the Summa Health Pulmonary Rehab to improve her lung functioning. But today, Lynn is just grateful to have her life back. 

Respiratory Care

Are you experiencing shortness of breath? A tightness in your chest? A persistent cough? If so, you may require respiratory care.


Meet The Team

Summa Health pulmonologists, APPs, respiratory therapists and patient navigators work closely to treat a variety of lung conditions.



Summa Health Pulmonary Medicine offers locations across the greater Akron area.


Options to Request an Appointment

If your situation is an emergency, call 911.