Sooriya Hospital Chennai
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Respiratory Medicine

Post covid pulmonary sequelae management (An initiative of Department of pulmonary Medicines Sooriya Hospital, Chennai.)
Many patients who undergo treatment for covid 19 comeback to the hospital with prolonged cough, dyspnoea and O2 saturation drop. People who are treated in ICU with Moderate to severe disease are more likely to get these problems. Various factors during infection contribute to these pulmonary complications.
The department take care of these patients with proper pulmonary assessment(DLCO,PFT and Imaging etc). After proper assessment treatment options are suggested to the patients. Certain patients require long term followup.


Dr. K. Venugopal heads the department of Respiratory Medicine at Sooriya Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has more than 40 years of experience in Respiratory Medicine.

He also is the Director Administration of Sooriya Hospital and has hospital administration experience more than 20 years. He has taken active interest in obtaining NABH and ISO certification for Sooriya Hospital.

He was trained in pulmonology under Professor C.N. Devanayagan, the renowned chest physician at Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, from 1980. He graduated in Pulmonary Medicine from Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University in 1991. Further, he continued his training in Respiratory Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland, USA and the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. He underwent a special training in Cystic Fibrosis at Southampton General Hospital, United Kingdom.

He is an active member of the Indian Chest Society, American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, Indian Medical Association and Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and American College of Chest physicians.

He is also a section editor of the Jounal of Association of Pulmonologist of TamilNadu.


The department of Respiratory Medicine is a full fledged Pulmonary Medicine department in the city.

This is one of the CF care and research centre in South India. CF patients from other states of South India are regularly referred to this department. This is the only Adult CF centre in South India.

The following diseases are taken care of within this department:

  1. Bronchial Asthma
  2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (smoking related disorders)
  3. Pulmonary tuberculosis
  4. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
  5. Cystic Fibrosis
  6. Pulmonary Hypertension (lung disorder secondary to cardiac failure)
  7. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (snoring related sleep disorders)
  8. Post Covid Pulmonary Sequlae.(Lung damage following corona infection).

The Respiratory Medicine department has both inpatient and outpatient units. Outpatient department works from Monday to Saturday, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Inpatient department consists of Intensive Respiratory Care Unit and regular wards.

Pulmonary Function Laboratory

Pulmonary Function Laboratory works Monday to Saturday. The lab has a state of the art DLCO machine and Spirometer. Assessment of pulmonary function for Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and other pulmonary disorders are done. This lab is managed by Mrs. Sujatha Venugopal, who has more than 20 years of experience in pulmonary function assessment. Sleep studies are also conducted for sleep disordered breathing including polysomnography for snoring related diseases. The department also has bronchoscopic and thoracoscopic facilities.

Sweat chloride analysis for cystic fibrosis patients is done in this department by Pilocarpine Iontophoresis technique with precise diagnostic accuracy.

The inpatient department has an Acute Respiratory Care Unit with invasive and non invasive ventilatory support.

Adult Vaccination Program

The adult vaccination program is another activity of the department. People above the age of 60 years are advised to take adult vaccination especially Pneumococcal vaccine and Influenza vaccine.


Phone number: 23761751/52/53/54/55/56

Extension: 178

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