Bridging Specialties: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Patients

Three Lakes Foundation and CHEST are collaborating on an important education initiative—Bridging Specialties™: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Patients—to reduce the time it takes to diagnose patients with interstitial lung diseases (ILD). ILD symptoms are similar to other more common lung diseases, frequently resulting in misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some studies show that reaching a proper diagnosis for rarer lung diseases can take upwards of several years.

Bridging Specialties: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Patients addresses gaps in knowledge and practice. Healthcare providers across disciplines—including primary care, family practice, nursing, and pulmonary medicine—are collaborating to identify clinician needs and strategies for building awareness of ILD and improving diagnosis.

New podcast now available

Listen in as CHEST President, David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, and Bridging Specialties: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Patients steering committee members Andrew Limper, MD, and Timothy Hernandez, MD, discuss the obstacles to recognition and timely diagnosis of ILDs like pulmonary fibrosis and the need for collaboration between primary care providers and pulmonologists in managing patients with ILDs.


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About the American College of Chest Physicians®

CHEST is the global leader in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases. Its mission is to champion advanced clinical practice, education, communication, and research in chest medicine. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 20,000 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about CHEST and its flagship journal CHEST®, visit

About Three Lakes Foundation

Three Lakes Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to serving as a catalyst for uniting research, industries and philanthropy in pulmonary fibrosis. We connect entrepreneurs, advocates and institutions to an innovation ecosystem that will transform our approach to improve time to diagnosis and accelerate new therapies. To learn more, visit