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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The George E. Whalen VA Medical Center provides comprehensive pulmonary and critical care services to eligible Veterans in VISN 19. In addition to administering care in and supervising the Medical Intensive Care Unit, we provide inpatient critical care and pulmonary consultative services and outpatient pulmonary consultations with ongoing care to those with chronic lung disease. Services also include routine pulmonary procedures including pulmonary function testing, flexible bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), diagnostic and therapeutic thoracentesis and thoracostomy tube placement.


We seek to honor our Veteran population by providing state-of-the-art care in pulmonary medicine with the aim to improve overall health and wellbeing.


  • VA Pulmonary will be the benchmark of excellence and value in lung health care by providing exemplary services that are both patient-centered and evidence-based.
  • Care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement.
  • We will emphasize prevention and management of lung disease and will provide state-of-the-art treatment to eligible Veterans.
  • VA Pulmonary will contribute to the nation's well-being through lung health education, research and service to our eligible Veterans.

All requests for urgent pulmonary care should be made by primary care


The Pulmonary Division offers a full range of services for eligible Veterans.

Lung Cancer Screening

Mortality from lung cancer is higher than any other cancer due to late stage at diagnosis. Early detection using low-dose CT scans save lives from lung cancer death. Lung cancer screening with regular CT scans is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to high-risk individuals. As part of President Biden’s “cancer moonshot” initiative, the National VA has implemented the Lung Precision Oncology Program (LPOP). Through collaboration with VA’s LPOP, the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City VA offers comprehensive lung cancer screening in collaboration with pulmonary medicine, primary care, radiology, pathology, and oncology. Eligible patients should discuss lung cancer screening with their primary care providers.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehab is an 8-week face to face class tailored to individuals with chronic lung disease. This course involves, mild exercise and education. This program was created to help patients with lung disease have a better quality of life. The participant will also be given tools and education supplies for home use to help better manage their lung condition post-graduation from the program. More information on how to qualify for the program can be found by talking with your provider.

The pulmonary coordinator contact information is 801-582-1565, ext.3454

Pulmonary Clinic

Our pulmonary providers offer comprehensive consultative services for evaluation of:

  • Chronic obstructive lung diseases
  • Asthma
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Neuromuscular disease (Multidisciplinary Clinic)
  • Routine follow-up care

VA Video Connect

Ask your primary physician about VA Video Connect for your next pulmonary appointment

Medical intensive care (MICU)

  • Critical care services (primary and consultative)
  • Procedures (intubation, central line placement, bronchoscopy and routine pulmonary procedures)

Inpatient pulmonary consultation

  • Consultation for acute pulmonary diseases or assistance in managing chronic, decompensated pulmonary disease
  • Procedures (bronchoscopy and routine pulmonary procedures)


  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thorascopy tube


Fiberoptic bronchoscopy

Wixela inhaler

Albuterol inhaler

Respimat inhaler

Key staff

Service chief

Mustafa Mir-Kasimov, MD


Emily Beck, MD
Sean J. Callahan, MD
Barbara E. Jones, MD
Lynn M. Keenan, MD
Mustafa Mir-Kasimov, MD
Robert Paine III, MD
Brian R. Poole, MD
Gregory T. Radin, MD
Morgan Saad, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Karl A. Sanders, MD

Administrative officer/Service level advocate

Lung caner screening
Kathy Hill, RN
801-582-1565, ext. 3620

Pulmonary Clinic
Jennifer Ward, RN
801-582-1565, ext. 3620

Administrative assistant and tumor board
Janine Bleiweiss
801-582-1565, ext. 3620

Respiratory therapy

Respiratory therapy supervisor
Stephen Sagers, RRT
801-582-1565, ext. 5269

Assistant supervisor
Ken Becci, RRT
801-582-1565, ext. 5269

Respiratory therapy educator
Ann Marie Zezula, RRT
801-582-1565, ext. 5269

Home oxygen
Eduardo M. Cardenas, BS, RRT
801-582-1565, ext. 5260

Pulmonary Fellowship Program

VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System is affiliated with the University of Utah. The University of Utah Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program provides comprehensive training opportunities for our fellows including rotations through VA Salt Lake City. We believe our fellowship programs foster a learning environment that produces expert pulmonologists with strong clinical and research credentials preparing them for successful careers in pulmonary medicine that will advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pulmonary diseases.

Click here to learn more about the University of Utah Pulmonary Fellowship program.