Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) is a group of conditions that cause scarring to the lungs. ILDs include forms of pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial pneumonia as well as ILDs associated with connective tissue diseases, tobacco use, and exposure to environmental and occupational toxins.
Since interstitial lung disease (ILD) is not a single disease but a group of more than 200 different pulmonary disorders, it can be confusing to understand exactly what you are dealing with, how a diagnosis is made and who needs to be involved.
At Cleveland Clinic, our Sarcoidosis and Interstitial Lung Disease Program is experienced in providing the most advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options for patients with all types of ILD, including rare disorders. We have designed our services so that all of the specialists you need – including pulmonologists, rheumatologists, thoracic radiologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonary pathologists, and genetics and transplant experts – work together to provide the most accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Whenever possible, our multidisciplinary team utilizes the least invasive procedures and steroid-minimizing or steroid-free treatments.
Take this opportunity to learn more about ILD, including diagnosis and treatment, and have your questions answered by two ILD specialists: Dr. Daniel Culver and Dr. Jihane Faress from the Cleveland Clinic.
Daniel Culver, DO is a Staff Physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. His clinical interests include sarcoidosis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, critical care, and interstitial lung diseases.
Dr. Culver earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. After medical school, he did an osteopathic rotating internship at Meridia South Pointe Hospital. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Culver is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a member of several professional associations, including the American Thoracic Society, the American Osteopathic Association and the World Association of Sarcoidosis.
Jihane Faress, MD is a physician in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Her specialty interests include interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis and critical care medicine.
Dr. Faress completed medical school at Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. Post medical school, she did an internship on Pediatrics at Hotel Dieu de France Hospital in Lebanon and she completed her residency in internal medicine at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. Dr. Faress then attended University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH for her fellowship on Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine.
She is certified in Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine- Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease.