Interventional Pulmonology Program

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About Our Practice

Interventional pulmonology is an advanced sub-specialty program that provides consultation and procedural expertise in malignant and benign diseases of the airways, lungs, and pleura. Led by Dr Peter Lee, we perform a variety minimally invasive, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures using state-of-the art imaging and bronchoscopic modalities. We are home to OHSU’s first robotic navigation bronchoscopy system, utilizing mobile cone beam CT technology for superb diagnostic accuracy.
Interventional Pulmonology also works collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary thoracic tumor board and the Knight Cancer Institute to provide our community access to high quality diagnostics and mediastinal staging.


Therapeutic rigid and flexible bronchoscopy

Robotic navigation bronchoscopy

Mobile cone beam CT imaging

Argon plasma electrocautery


Central airway stenting

Curvilinear and radial endobronchial ultrasound

Tunneled pleural catheter placement

Ultrasound guided thoracentesis and chest tube placement 

Early Detection

We have a strong collaborative focus on the early identification and timely management of high-risk lung nodules through the Incidental Lung nodule program and the Centralized Lung Cancer Screening Program. These are led by our team of dedicated and caring nurse navigators, Ms Eliza Kaiser and Ms Ann Spencer. Our lung nodule board meets weekly to risk stratify and triage high-risk nodules to fast-track patients towards diagnosis and treatment. Our nodule board members consist of Interventional Pulmonology, Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Radiology, and Radiation Oncology.


Photograph of Dr. Peter Lee

Dr Peter Lee MD, Medical Director of Interventional Pulmonology and the Incidental Lung Nodule Program

Dr Lee grew up in New York City where he earned his undergraduate degree at New York University followed by a Master’s in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. He earned his medical degree from St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical center in NYC. He went on to complete an additional fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and stayed on faculty at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and VCU School of Medicine for 6 years as director of the VA Interventional Pulmonology and Lung Cancer Screening programs. He joined the faculty at OHSU as Director of Interventional Pulmonology and the Lung Nodule Program in September of 2022.

He is skilled in advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, robotic navigation bronchoscopy, therapeutic rigid and flexible bronchoscopy, central airway stenting, endobronchial tumor ablation, point of care ultrasonography, medical thoracoscopy, endobronchial valves for lung volume reduction, percutaneous tracheostomy, and management of pleural effusions. Research interests include the use of genomic classifiers to risk-stratify indeterminant pulmonary nodules, implementation of lung cancer screening, and gene-mediated cytotoxic immunotherapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

In his spare time Dr Lee enjoys surfing, running, cooking at home, and beach time with his wife and three kids.

Our Nurse Navigators

Ms Eliza Kaiser RN, Nurse Navigator, Incidental Lung Nodule Program
Ms Ann Spencer RN, Nurse Navigator, Centralized Lung Cancer Screening Program

Photograph of Ion Robot used in Interventional Pulmonology Procedures