The Lung Program at St. Joseph's Hospital

About Our Lung Program

At St. Joseph’s Hospital, our lung program provides cutting-edge treatment and technology with extraordinary care and expertise. From screening to treatment, our goal is to ensure that each individual has the best possible outcome. Each patient will receive access to our experienced team of multidisciplinary physicians, clinical staff and a Nurse Navigator to help guide them through every step.

Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Radiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Pulmonologist
  • Thoracic surgeon
  • Medical oncologist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • CaPSS (Cancer Patient Support Service) counselor
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Rehabilitation technicians

Specialized Treatment and Care

With advanced technology, we offer our patients many options to create a specialized treatment and plan of care while ensuring the best quality of life and long-term follow up. With innovative treatments and advanced services, we experience great outcomes.

Our services include:

  • Lung cancer screening
  • Lung nodule clinic
  • Lung cancer evaluation (multi-modality clinic)

Some of the advanced services we offer are:

  • Advanced Imaging (PET or CT scan)
  • Chemotherapy/Immunotherapy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Interventional pulmonology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Lung ablation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Navigational bronchoscopy
  • Personalized medical nutrition therapy
  • Pulmonary rehab
  • Radiation therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (RATS)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

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For more information on our lung program or referral process, please contact the Nurse Navigator

Phone: (813) 870-4149
Fax: (813) 870-4825

If you smoke or have smoked, you may be eligible for a lung cancer screening. Talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening eligibility.


Your Lung Program Team

Michael Alvarez, DO

Nanette Bentley, MD

Jeff Cottrell, MD
Diagnostic Radiology

Robert M. Crescentini, II MD
Hematology and Oncology

Luiz Marconcini, MD
Hematology and Oncology

Brian Montague, MD
Interventional Radiology 

Nirav B. Patel, MD

Nitesh Paryani, MD
Radiation Oncology

Jonathan Waxman, MD
FACS, Thoracic Surgery

Ronda Buffington, RN
OCN, Nurse Navigator

If a spot, often called a mass or nodule, is discovered on a lung, that doesn’t mean it’s cancerous. A biopsy is needed to make that determination. During a biopsy, a small piece of tissue is taken from the lung for testing.

At St. Joseph’s Hospital, we can now offer patients the MONARCH® robotic-assisted bronchoscopy. This innovative and unique procedure provides a variety of benefits:

  • Direct vision: A combination of real-time visualization and electromagnetic navigation, plus an integrated camera, gives your doctor a road map to find the nodule.
  • Greater reach: The thin bronchoscope gives your doctor precise control and stability, making it easier to reach nodules deep in the lung.
  • Precise control: This allows your doctor to quickly and safely take a tissue sample (biopsy).


In 2020, St. Joseph’s Hospital achieved the American College of Radiology/Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation (ACR/ROPA). Facility team members, equipment, treatment planning and treatment records were assessed. Patient safety policies and quality control/quality activities were reviewed and found to meet the high standards required for accreditation.

St. Joseph’s Hospital is also accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), which recognizes hospitals that treat cancer as a complex group of diseases requiring multidisciplinary collaboration among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. CoC accreditation challenges St. Joseph’s Hospital to stay focused on patient-centered needs and encourages continued measurement of quality care against national standards.