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Amala Institute of Medical Sciences

(NABH Accredited and ISO 9001 2015 Certified)

Amala Nagar PO, Thrissur, Kerala, INDIA - 680555

PULMONARY MEDICINE / RESPIRATORY MEDICINE

Pulmonary / Respiratory Medicine is a speciality of Internal Medicine that focuses exclusively on diseases pertaining to the respiratory system particularly the diagnosis and management of disorders related to pulmonary, parenchymal, vascular, airway and pleural spaces. It also deals with the management of various sleep related disorders.

The Department of Pulmonary / Respiratory Medicine at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences is the first fully fledged Department in Thrissur with state of the art facilities established since more than 20 years. It primarily is a centre for diagnosis and management of various respiratory disorders and now also provides undergraduate and postgraduate training in the field of Respiratory Medicine. It is equipped with the best faculty as well as the latest technology and facilities.

OP Timing

All working days - 8 AM to 4 PM

Speciality Clinics :

» COPD Clinic - Mondays & Tuesdays:

COPD Clinic is an outpatient clinic providing education and treatment plans to patients with COPD. Its goal is to help patients increase their function & quality of life, by reducing symptoms of COPD & hospitalization. Since most of our out patients include respiratory diseases of the chronic obstructive type, we provide comprehensive consultation evaluation and treatment via our COPD clinic. Our notably qualified and experienced team is made up of specialist doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who strive to provide seamless care across the spectrum of COPD severity, from early disease through to those needing more advanced treatments such as non-invasive ventilation.

» Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic - All Mondays & Tuesdays:

A dedicated team of pulmonary physiotherapists provides rehabilitation services for a quick recovery and support to lead a normal life to patients with chronic respiratory disorders such as emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis. Here we have a highly dedicated staff of professionals including a pulmonary physician, a respiratory therapist, exercise physiologist, a nurse specialist and a dietician who give round the clock specialised care to such patients.

» Sleep Clinic - All Wednesdays:

Here we provide Polysomnography or Sleep study which is a multi parametric test for patients with sleep or breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea. We evaluate all such patients with our state-of-the-art inpatient sleep laboratory facility. The study is usually performed over night in the sleep clinic under the supervision of a sleep technician & provide comprehensive multidisciplinary approach including non-invasive measures like CPAP or BiPAP or even surgical corrections if needed.

» Asthma Clinic - All Thursdays:

Asthma Clinic provides comprehensive, highly specialized care for patients with asthma. Our services include:-
• Diagnostic testing
• Physiologic and allergy evaluation
• Optimization of medical management
• Education in asthma self-management
Patients suffering from Asthma who are treated on an OPD basis are routinely taught about the disease, its different types, presenting symptoms and most commonly used medicines and inhalers. They are given demonstrations regarding the proper techniques as to use inhalers befittingly and also how to sufficiently self-manage their symptoms at home.

» Allergy Clinic - All Fridays:

Allergy clinic is particularly focused on management of allergic disorders particularly of the respiratory tract. Allergic Skin Prick test is performed and specific advice is given on various foods and substances to avoid. An allergy test is a skin test performed by trained allergy specialist to determine if your body has an allergic reaction to a known substance.

» TB Screening Clinic - All Saturdays:

This clinic is primarily for detection of Tuberculosis in the patients. Chest X-rays and Sputum analysis for AFB are done in suspicious patients presenting with cough of duration more than 2 weeks. This clinic also provides specific treatment for various adverse effects which can occur with Antitubercular drugs as well as provide advice on various foods to eat and various preventive measures.

» Smoking Cessation Clinic - All Saturdays:

The services of Smoking Cessation Clinic are also available which is an easy and effective way to treat tobacco use and dependence. It gives intensive treatment to smoker motivated to quit, ensuring higher success rates and also treat “difficult” patients. COPD patients and other patients with obstructive airway diseases who are current smokers or who have quit within 6 months are referred and provided with awareness classes and stressed on the importance of smoking cessation. Specific advice is given on how to maintain abstinence and various techniques are suggested to stop smoking. Nicotine replacement therapies are also offered. Follow up is taken to ensure they remain abstinent.

» EBUS / Bronchoscopy / Thoracoscopy Clinic - Monday to Saturday:

Recently our department has very proudly introduced one of the latest most advanced diagnostic technology, EBUS - an ultrasound combined with Bronchoscopy used to obtain real time images in and around the bronchial tree or lungs. The biggest advantage of using EBUS is that the patient can avoid undergoing a more invasive surgical procedure, thus eliminating the need for any additional phases of testing and since it is done under conscious sedation, and patients can go home the same day. Bronchoscopy clinic has fibreoptic video bronchoscope and procedures like BAL, biopsies and brushings are performed. Pleural ultrasound, pleural biopsies, diagnostic thoracoscopy & thorocoscopic procedures such as talc pleurodesis and Arrow catheter insertion for malignant pleural effusion are also done.

Key Features

» Centre of excellence with state of the art facilities for patient care and management.

» Daily OPD services of all consultants.

» Regular seminars, case presentations and journal presentation for PG residents.

» Best-in-class infrastructure and faculty profile.

» Opportunities to attend the National Conferences and present clinical cases for PG residents.

Facilities

Following facilities are available in this department:

»Spirometry :

It is a common test used to assess how well your lungs work by measuring how much air you inhale, how much you exhale and how quickly you exhale. Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, COPD and other conditions that affect breathing.

»DLCO :

DLCO (Diffusion capacity of Lungs for Carbon Monoxide(CO)) is measured using small volumes of carbon monoxide (CO) and measures the transfer of CO across the alveolar-capillary membrane. DLCO can assist in identification, assessment of wide range of disease processes affecting lung parenchyma & pulmonary vascular bed.

»Sleep Study :

A sleep study is a non-invasive overnight exam that allows doctors to monitor you while you sleep to see what’s happening in your brain and body. For this test, you will go to a sleep lab that is set up for overnight stay.

»Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) and Bronchoscopy services :

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) and Bronchoscope is minimally invasive but effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections & other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest. Our department has done over 3000 bronchoscopies till date.

»Medical Thoracoscopy :

Medical Thoracoscopy/ pleuroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows access to pleural space using a combination of viewing & working instruments. It also allows for basic diagnostic (undiagnosed pleural fluid or pleural thickening) and therapeutic procedures (adhesiolysis or pleurodoesis) to be performed safely. We have done over 300 thoracoscopies.

»Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) :

Our department is also equipped with Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) which are specialized areas for monitoring & treating patients suffering from acute respiratory failure originally caused by respiratory disease and/or by acute exacerbation of chronic respiratory failure.

»Regular Out-patient Department services :

There are regular Out-Patient (OPD) services from Monday to Saturday from 8.00am to 4.00 pm by all consultants who deal with all types of respiratory diseases.

PULMONARY MEDICINE

Faculty Details

NameDesignationPG Qualification
and Year
Post PG
Teaching Experience
Date of Birth 
Dr.K Rennis DavisProfessor and HODMD Pulmonary Medicine 2003, DNB 2004, FCCP, FRCP14 Years 01-05-1974Profile
Dr.Thomas VadakkanAssociate ProfessorMD Pulmonary Medicine 20027 Years 10 Months10-05-1974Profile
Dr.Aziz K SAssistant ProfessorMD General Medicine 2008, DM (Pulmonary Medicine) 2015 3 Year13-04-1978Profile
Dr.Arun NASenior ResidentMD Pulmonary Medicine 2018..08-11-1987Profile

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE

Faculty Details

NameDesignationPG Qualification
and Year
Post PG
Teaching Experience
Date of Birth 
Dr.Davis PaulProfessor MD Pulmonary Medicine 2003, DNB 2004, DTCD27 Years 3 Months29-3-1957Profile
Dr. Krishnakumar E VAssociate ProfessorMD Pulmonary Medicine 2010, DTCD8 Years 2 Months24-12-1980Profile
Dr.Janso KollanurAssistant ProfessorMD Pulmonary Medicine 20162 Years 2 Months09-01-1988Profile

Dr.K Rennis Davis

Graduated from Govt Medical College Thrissur, MD from Govt Medical College Patiala (2003), and Diplomate of National board (2004), is a fellow of American College of chest physician and Royal College of Glasgow.

Worked at Lakeshore, Kochi (2004) and as Assistant professor at KMC Manipal(2005, 2006), and now at Amala Institute of Medical sciences (since 2007). Currently working as Professor & head of Post Graduate Department of Pulmonary Medicine, at Amala.

Special area of interest includes Interventional Pulmonology and Critical care.He has few International Publications, MBBS Scholarship and postgraduate awards to his credit.

Special Training / International Presentation:

Interventional Pulmonary Tokyo (Olympus station),2009.

Poster Presentation World Association of Bronchoscopy - Cleveland - Ohio, USA, 2012.

Oral Presentation PAP case ILD conference (Dr.Foudrakis) Greece, 2014.

Interventional pulmonology (Dr.Atul C.Meheta, Prof.Wang) University of Maryland - USA, 2015.

Rigid Thoracoscopy (Dr. Duta, Dr. Philip Astaul), Marssielle - France, 2015.

Allergy & Immunology training (Prof. Randolf Brehler) Muenster - Germany, 2016.

NIV training (Res Med, Australia) 2016.

Poster presentation (two) ERS, London - USA, 2016.

Lung transplantation training at University of Maryland, Baltimore - USA, 2017.

Cryo-biopsy training ERBE, Tubingen - Germany, 2018.

Dr. Krishnakumar E V

Qualifications

MBBS from Government Medical College, Thrissur in 2004
MD Pulmonary Medicine from Government Medical College, Kozhikode in 2010
DTCD from Government Medical College, Kozhikode in 2009

Experience

Senior Resident in Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Government Medical College, Thrissur
Assistant Professor in Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences, Ernakulam
Consultant Pulmonologist, Modern Hospital, Kodungallur

Memberships :

Life member of IMA, APCCM, Pulmonology Club Thrissur

Awards :

'Gold Medal for the best PG' in the exam conducted by APCCM in RESPICON, May 2010

Dr. Thomas Vadakkan

Qualifications

MBBS from Government Medical College, Thrissur in 1996.
MD Pulmonary Medicine from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 2002.

Experience

Worked in KPM Hospital, Malappuram, West Fort Group of Hospital, Thrissur, Chest Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait.
Joined Amala in 2011 as Consultant Pulmonologist.
Currently working as Assoc. Professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, AIMS.

Publications

He has scientific publications to his credit.

Dr.Aziz K S

Qualifications

Graduated from Academy of Medical College Kannur (1996), MD (Gen. Medicine) from MKCG Medical College in 2008 and DM (Pulmonary Medicine) from AIMS, Kochi in 2015.

Experience

Currently working as Asst. Professor in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, AIMS.

Publications

He has 4 scientific publications to his credit.

Dr.Arun N A

Qualifications

Graduated from Academy of Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur (2012), MD (Pulmonary Medicine) from MG Medical College Pondicherry in 2018.

Experience

Currently working as Senior Resident in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, AIMS.

Dr.Davis Paul

Qualifications

MBBS from Calicut Medical College, Calicut in 1982.
MD Pulmonary Medicine from Government Medical College, Trivandrum in 1989.

Work Experience

1984 : Senior House Surgeoncy in Government Medical College , Thrissur.
1989 to 1990 : Lecturer in Govt. Medical College, Kozhicode.
1991 to 1997 : Lecturer in Govt. Medical College, Kozhicode & Thrissur.
1997 to 2004 : Asst.Professor in Govt. Medical College, Thrissur.
2004 to 2010 : Associate Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam.
2010 to 2017 : Professor & HOD in Pulmonary Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam & Thrissur.
Currently working as Professor in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences.

Positions Held

MCI Inspector : 2008 to 2017.
Examiner in various universities from 2008 onward.
Trainee in Research Methadology of American Thoracic Society (2010).
Member of Institutional Research Committee, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur.
Speaker in European Respiratory Society, National & State Level Conferences.

Membership:

Secretary of State Association of Pulmonology (APCCM).

Dr.Janso Kollanur

Qualifications

Graduated (MBBS) from Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur in 2011.
Post Graduation (MD Reespiratory Medicine) from A.J.Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Mangaluru, Karnataka in 2016.

Experience

Senior Resident : Postgraduate Department of Reespiratory Medicine, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur (Sep.20016 to Aug.2017).
Currently working as Assistant Professor in the Postgraduate Department of Reespiratory Medicine, AIMS (Sep.2017 onward).

Awards & Publications:

Presented papers and posters in various national & state level conferences.
Case reports and publications in various national and international journals.
Won Best Chest X-ray presention in National Level ICS Talent Search 2014 under the aegis of Indian Chest Society at Mangalore, Karnataka.

Membership:

Life Member of IMA Thrissur, European Respiratory Society (ERS), Indian Chest Society (ICS), Academy of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (APCCM) & Association of Pulminologists Thrissur (APT).

Dr. Vinod Babu E

Oral presentation:

  • A case report : Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, Pulmopearls 2013
  • Bronchiectasis in myotonic dystrohy, API Conference Aug 2013
  • A case report : Multicentric Castleman's disease, API Conference Nov 2013
  • Correlation between fiberoptic bronchoscopic morphology and histopathological diagnosis in carcinoma of lung, API Conference Nov 2013

Poster presentation:

  • A case report : PULMOCON 2013, Kottayam
  • Serial bronchoscopic single lung lavage in Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, INDUSEM 2013,Thrissur

Studies (on going)

  • Role of chest ultrasonography in prognosis of pneumonia patients
  • Evolutionary changes made by echocardiography on right ventricle and pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and its correlation with severity of COPD
  • Effectiveness of breathing exercises in reduction of dyspnoea among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • A comparative study of the pulmonary morbidity of workers and local residents of a spinning mill in thrissur district
  • Comparison between bronchoscopy, closed pleural biopsy and semirigid medical thoracoscopic biopsy in undiagnosed pleural effusions.

Special achievement:
Post graduation courses started on 2012.

Activities:

  • Amala interventional pulmonology congress 2013.
  • COPD day post competition for school students.
  • World TB day programme
  • No smoking day programme
  • World COPD day quiz for medical students in 07/12/2013.

Gallery

Publications

1.Rennis DK, Abhay AS, Anaz M. Medical Thoracoscopy: Diagnostic utility in a tertiary care setting in South India. Pulmon. 2018;20:18-23.
2.Jane MJ, Tomas VD,Janso K. Effect of anulom vilom pranayama as an adjuvant treatment modality to improve level of dyspnea in chronic asthma patients. Int J Adv Med. 2018;3:241-44.
3.Thomas VD, Jose B, Rennis DK. Prevalence of the type and etiology of lung cancer among patients who presented to a tertiary care hospital at central Kerala: A descriptive study. Int J Res Med Sci. 2018;3:834-37.
4.Rennis KD, Anaz M, Krishnakumar EV, Thomas V, Robert AP. Role of chest ultrasonography in the prognostic evaluation of patients with community acquired pneumonia: a prospective study. Int J res Med Sci. 2017;5.
5.Rennis KD, Bibin J, Thomas V, Krishnakumar EV. Comparison of diagnostic yield and complications of bronchoscopy, closed pleural biopsy and medical thoracoscopic pleural biopsies in undiagnosed pleural effusions. Int J Res Med Sci. 2017;5:388-93.
6.Janso K, Bhavadasan, Rennis DK, Abhay AS, Savthri MC. An uncommon presentation of a very common Disease: The ultimate Masquaerader. Pulmon. 2017;19:35-39.
7.Rennis DK, Krishnakumar EV, Sankarapotti N. Diagnostic yield of conventional transbronchial needle aspiration in suspected bronchogenic carcinoma without intraluminal growth on branchoscopy. Int J Res Med Sci. 2017;5:1270-4.
8.Aziz KSM, Asmita AM,James P. Predictors of mortality of severe sepsis among adult patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Lung India. 2017; 34:330-35.
9.Rennis DK, Binila J. A Retrospective study on the major endobronchial features and type of lung cancer incidence in a tertiary care hospital. Pulmon. 2017;19:100-03.

Department Activities

Department Activities and Social Awareness Campaigns 2017-2018:

»World Asthma Day- May 2nd 2017 : Patients awareness class in Amala Medical College by Dr Thomas Vadakkan

»World No Tobacco Day- May 31st 2017 : Oath taking by Staff of Amala Medical College was organised. An awareness class for school students was given by Dr. Davis Paul, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Devamatha School, Thrissur.

»World COPD DAY-15th November 2017 : Various programs where conducted as part of world COPD day on November 15th. Public awareness programmes with procession by nursing students was done at Amala Hospital Campus. Student awareness programmes were also done. Radio awareness programme by Dr. Davis Paul was done. Flash mob was organised at “Selex Mall” in afternoon. “ Healthy Lungs” awareness balloons rally and distribution of pamphlets at “Sakthan bus stand” by medical students of Amala Medical College was also organised by the department of Respiratory Medicine. Awareness class was given to nursing students at Amala Medical college by Dr. Rennis Davis & Dr Davis Paul.

»World anti TB day- March 24th 2017 : Awareness class to staff of Amala Medical college was done.

»Annual Department CME - March 4th 2018: “Recent advances in the management of lung cancer and formation of Amala Lung Cancer Management Team (ACT).

»World Asthma Day- May 19th 2018 : CME was organised by department along with Indian Medical Association, Amalanagar Branch.

»World No Tobacco Day- May 31st 2018 : Public awareness programme was arranged in the hospital courtyard for the general public. A “Chakyaar” was brought to convey the message in a different way. Oath was administered for the public as well as the students of Amala Medical College. Amala Campus was also declared as a “Tobacco Free Campus” by the Director of the Institution.

»World COPD day- 21st November 2018 : A poster competition was organised by the department of Respiratory Medicine for the staff and students of Amala Medical College for bringing awareness regarding the disease.

CME / Workshop / Quiz

Name of CME / Workshop / Quiz Theme/Subject Date of Conduct Credit Hours
Recent advances in the management of lung cancer Lung Cancer 04/03/2018  
Management of Bronchial Asthma Bronchial Asthma 19/05/2018  
Bronchoscopy Workshop Interventional Bronchoscopy 23/03/2019  
Sleep & Critical Care Workshop Sleep & Critical Care Medicine 17/05/2019  
Interventional Pulmonology Interventional Pulmonology 17/05/2019  

Award / Prizes

Name of Receiver Type of Award Award Provider Year      

Title of research paper, if applicable

Dr. E. V. Krishnakumar Young Pulmonologist Award Association of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine (APCCM) 2017  
Dr. A. S. Abhay Best Interactive Case Discussion Indian Chest Society 2018