Pulmonology is a medical specialty at Ridgeview that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract and is considered a branch of internal medicine. Pulmonology often involves managing patients who need life support and mechanical ventilation. Ridgeview’s pulmonologists see patients with the following conditions:

What is a pulmonologist?

Pulmonologists are physicians who, after receiving a medical degree, complete residency training in internal medicine, followed by at least two additional years of subspecialty fellowship training in pulmonology. After satisfactorily completing a fellowship in pulmonary medicine, the physician is permitted to take the board certification examination in pulmonary medicine. After passing this exam, the physician is then board certified as a pulmonologist. Most pulmonologists complete three years of combined subspecialty fellowship training in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Ridgeview’s pulmonologists

Ravi Vaela, MD is the medical director of the Ridgeview Sleep Disorders Center as well as Ridgeview’s Respiratory Care Department. Dr. Vaela has a special interest in pulmonary and sleep disorders. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Barrett Larson, II, MD, is board certified in Pulmonology and Internal Medicine. His medical special interests include COPD, lung nodules, asthma, cough, pneumonia and bronchoscopy with endobronchial ultrasound.

Roxy Exner, APRN, CNP, is the Certified Nurse Practitioner with Ridgeview’s Pulmonology Clinic. Her medical special interests include COPD, asthma, chronic cough, smoking cessation, pulmonary nodules, sleep apnea, CPAP therapy, hypersomnolence and narcolepsy.