Breathing just got easier on the Northshore

Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has announced that Tulane Pulmonology will begin providing services on the Lakeview Regional campus beginning December 8, 2020.

“One of the biggest benefits of our partnership with Tulane is being able to bring world-class specialists to the Northshore,” said Hiral Patel, CEO of Lakeview Regional. “In a time when top-notch pulmonary care is more important than ever, we are extremely pleased to be able to add Tulane’s pulmonary expertise to Lakeview’s critical care team.”

The Tulane Pulmonary Clinic providers have a long-standing reputation of excellence in diagnosing and treating a wide range of lung diseases. From asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to cutting-edge research related to COVID-19, Tulane Pulmonology is at the forefront when conditions of the lung are receiving more attention than ever, and lung cancers are on the rise not only nationwide but even more so in Louisiana, said Dr. Joseph Lasky, a Tulane pulmonologist who will be providing care at Lakeview Regional.

“Whether you require ongoing outpatient pulmonary services for a chronic condition or need acute hospital services, we know the most important thing is to make access easy and available in your community,” Dr. Lasky said. “It has been a long-time goal of ours to serve the Northshore, and we recognized the importance of making it happen now more than ever.”

Dr. Tania Boniske, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as two interventional pulmonologists, Dr. Ramsy Abdelghani and Dr. David Becnel, will join Dr. Lasky in providing services at Lakeview. They will support inpatient consultations both in person and via telemedicine for the hospital and critical care units. There will also be outpatient clinic availability on the Lakeview campus for general pulmonary needs and the diagnosis and management of lung diseases, lung nodules and cancers.

Dr. Lasky is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society. Dr. Lasky’s primary clinical and research interest is the study of pulmonary fibrosis (lung scarring). He is an author of more than 100 publications about pulmonary fibrosis, which span basic molecular science to clinical trials. He has designed, conducted, and monitored clinical lung studies and has written medical society guidelines for treating patients with lung fibrosis. Dr. Lasky serves as the site principal investigator for numerous ongoing trials to improve outcomes in patients with pulmonary fibrosis. He also serves on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation medical advisory board and recently served as co-chair for the semi-annual summit meeting.

Dr. Boniske's interests are communication and palliative care in the ICU, as well as physician wellbeing. She is a proud mom, loves music, hiking and camping and has been converted from a California girl to a Louisiana devotee. Dr. Boniske is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Abdelghani earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Baton Rouge General and his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Tulane University. He then went on to Harvard Medical School for his Interventional Pulmonary fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Abdelghani is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and is board eligible for Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology. His main clinical and research interests include diagnosing peripheral lung nodules, malignant central airway obstruction, endoscopic lung volume reduction and cryobiopsy.

Dr. Becnel joined Tulane faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in 2019. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonary. His main clinical and research interests include lung nodules, lung cancer, pleural disease and advanced interventional pulmonary procedures.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Tulane Pulmonary Clinic at (504) 988-8600.