Respiratory Medicine

VENUE: Azienda Ospedale Università Padova, via Giustiniani 2, 35127 Padova.

HEAD: Prof. Marina Saetta

SECRETARIAT: +39.049.8213706



Our Unit covers many areas in pulmonary medicine including obstructive diseases (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema, asthma, cystic fibrosis), lung cancer, airway infections, interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases and respiratory failure. Our clinical activities encompass a medical ward service, a day hospital, general and specialized respiratory outpatient clinics and a respiratory endoscopy service. The ward is dedicated to acute patients coming from the emergency department and to patients admitted on a programmed basis for elective diagnostic/therapeutic workout. Specialized respiratory outpatient clinics are dedicated to neoplastic diseases, asthma, COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and cystic fibrosis. The respiratory endoscopy performs diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, unique in the region, for neoplastic and inflammatory conditions. The day hospital, tightly connected to respiratory endoscopy, ensures both pre-operative assessment and monitoring of patients undergoing invasive diagnostic investigations, avoiding prolonged hospitalization. One of the main activities is the lung transplantation program, providing both candidate selection and follow-up. Recently, in partnership with the Infective Disease Unit, a follow-up service dedicated to COVID-19 patients was activated.

Main surgical services:

The respiratory endoscopy is specialized in new techniques of interventional pulmonology for the diagnosis and therapy of airway and pleural disease. Handled procedures include bronchial, transbronchial and US-guided biopsies, medical thoracoscopy, laser-therapy, endoscopic lung volume reduction.


The Respiratory Medicine Unit is part of the European reference network (ERN)-LUNG (rare pulmonary disease network). The respiratory endoscopy is the referral center of the Veneto region for endoscopic lung reduction by endobronchial valves.



Fields of interest:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): pathogenic mechanisms and clinical outcomes
  • Asthma: pathogenic mechanisms and disease development
  • Idiopatic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and other interstitial lung diseases
  • SARS-Cov2: clinical, radiological and functional follow-up
  • Neuromuscolar disorders and non-invasive ventilation




The Respiratory Medicine Unit (SSD MED/10-Malattie dell’Apparato Respiratorio) of the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular and Public Health ranked first in the VQR 2011-2014 evaluation by the Ministry of University and Research.

Main partnerships:

-       Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Dept. of Medicine, Lungen Clinic Grosshansdorf, Prof Klaus Rabe

-       University of Saragoza, Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet, Prof Maria Josè Marin

-       Oxford Respiratory Medicine Unit and Nuffield Department of Medicine, Oxford University, UK. Prof. Ian Pavord and Timothy Hinks

-       University College London, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Prof. David Lomas.    

-       Ghent University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine GHENT, Prof. Dr. Guy Brusselle

-       University of British Columbia and Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver Prof. Christopher Ryerson

-       Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College, London, Prof. Toby Maher and Prof. Athol Wells

-       University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, Prof. Robert P Baughman

-       Hôpital Louis Pradel, Lyon, Prof. Vincent Cottin

-       University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, Prof. Wim Wuits

-       National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Prof. Argyrios Tzouvelekis

-       Institute for Translational Research in Inflammation, Lille, Prof Pierre Desreumaux



PhD course: Translatıonal Specialistic Medicine “G.B. Morgagni”  

Postgraduate School of Respiratory Medicine 



Campus Biomedico Pietro d’Abano, Via Orus 2B 35129 PADOVA.

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