Sydney Interventional Pulmonology is the first centre in Australia dedicated to the practice of Interventional Pulmonology. We offer the latest interventional treatments, utilising the world-class facilities of the new Macquarie University Hospital. We have been nominated as a Centre of Excellence by Olympus Australia, allowing us access to the newest equipment available.

We pride ourselves on being leaders in our field and remain at the forefront by embracing innovative thinking and technology – all the while maintaining the highest standards of care.

Our specialists have presented and published internationally in their fields and remain active in teaching and clinical research. They would be happy to assess you at a consultation and advise whether you can benefit from one of our interventional treatments.

Dr Steven Chung

Dr Steven ChungDr Steven Chung is a Thoracic Physician and Interventional Pulmonologist. He is the co-founder of Sydney Interventional Pulmonology and an innovator in the area of endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR). He has published research on ELVR in peer-reviewed journals and given presentations locally and internationally on Interventional Pulmonology.

He graduated with Honours from the University of NSW and completed his specialist training at Concord and John Hunter Hospitals, gaining an additional fellowship in echocardiography. He has recently returned from Dili, where he established the first bronchoscopy service in Timor-Leste, at the Dili National Hospital. He has been a clinical advisor to the World Health Organisation on the management of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

His main interests are; device therapy in the treatment of emphysema, pleural pathology and using new technologies to treat chronic respiratory diseases. He remains active in teaching and clinical research.

Professor Alvin Ing

Professor Alvin IngProfessor Alvin Ing is a Professor, Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University. He is also the Sub-Dean – Research, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, University of Sydney. He has been involved in interventional pulmonology since 1993, when he helped establish endobronchial laser resection and stent deployment at Concord Hospital. He was instrumental in forming one of the first and largest patient databases in this area, and is one of the few physicians in NSW specialising in and accredited in these techniques.

More recently he has help established endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) at Concord Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital, and has pioneered the use of endobronchial valves in patients with COPD and emphysema (Endoscopic Lung Volume Reduction – ELVR). Professor Ing also performed the first bronchial thermoplasty procedure in NSW, treating patients with refractory asthma. He is performing ongoing research into ELVR and Bronchial Thermoplasty at Macquarie University Hospital, actively supervising PhD students in these areas. He also utilizes the new technique of cryobiopsy in the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung disease, proximal endobronchial tumours and peripheral lung nodules.

He has published his Interventional Pulmonology work in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised six PhD students. He also has continuing research interests in chronic cough, pulmonary complications of gastro-oesophageal reflux and laryngeal sensitivity in pulmonary disorders.

Associate Professor Jonathan Williamson

Trained in Sydney, Perth and Heidelberg, Germany, A/Professor Williamson is a Respiratory and Sleep physician who commenced consulting at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinic in early 2012 as part of the Macquarie Respiratory and Sleep group.

A/Professor Williamson’s practice covers a wide range of respiratory and sleep pathologies including asthma, COPD, lung and airway infections, sleep disorders and lung cancer.  He developed an interest in interventional procedures whilst training at Royal North Shore Hospital and further developed this interest at St Vincents Hospital, Darlinghurst in the lung transplant unit, and at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth completing a bronchoscopy-based PhD in 2010.

Since returning to Sydney, A/Professor Williamson has been based at Liverpool Hospital where he is establishing an interventional bronchoscopy unit for advanced diagnostic and therapeutic airway procedures. Dr Williamson list of procedures includes endobronchial ultrasound, rigid bronchoscopy for management of central airway obstruction, YAG-laser, cryotherapy, argon plasma coagulation, endobronchial lung volume reduction for management of emphysema and airway stent insertion for palliation of obstructing lung tumours.

Dr. Tajalli Saghaie

Dr Saghaie is a Respiratory and Sleep physician with significant experience in Interventional Pulmonology, diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy including rigid bronchoscopy, management of pleural disease, and multidisciplinary care of lung cancer.

Dr Saghaie graduated from Tehran University, Iran in 2003. After having worked for a few years as a family practitioner overseas, he had the opportunity to train as a physician in Royal North Shore Hospital. During his Respiratory and Sleep training, he had the privilege of working with master physicians and researchers at Westmead, Nepean and Concord Hospitals. He also managed to pursue his passion in interventional pulmonology (therapeutic and diagnostic bronchoscopy as well as pleural procedures) by traveling and training in centres of excellence such as Johns Hopkins Hospital in the United States and Thoraxklinik in Germany. He is a member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand as well as the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

He is currently performing research into the role of cryobiopsy in the diagnosis and management of interstitial lung disease, peripheral lung nodules and pleural disease, and is supervising MD students in this role.