White-Wilson Medical Center

The White-Wilson Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine Clinic is committed to excellence in pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine.

About the White-Wilson Pulmonology Clinic:

Located in Fort Walton Beach, White-Wilson offers one of the most sought after and skilled pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine teams in the region. Our board-certified pulmonologists collaborate to provide you the highest level of expertise and care.

The White-Wilson Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Clinic treats a variety pulmonary, critical care and sleep conditions—providing a continuity of care across all aspects of pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. If you suffer from asthma, respiratory infections, trouble breathing, sleeping disorders, enduring cough, sleep apnea, COPD, tuberculosis, blood when coughing or spitting, abnormal fluid or spots in the lungs, or any other pulmonary conditions, our team of expert pulmonologists are dedicated to helping you get the treatment and answers you need.

The White-Wilson pulmonologists in Fort Walton Beach treat a wide range of pulmonary and sleep conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Occupational Lung Diseases
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pleural Effusion

Our in-house Cardio-Pulmonary Department makes it easy for patients to get additional testing, including pulmonary function studies, sleep apnea testing and other lung diagnostics or therapies that may be required. White-Wilson Medical Center also provides in-house laboratory and diagnostic imaging services at our Fort Walton Beach Clinic—including CT, MRI and X-ray.

White-Wilson pulmonologists provides a wide-range of pulmonology and sleep medicine services and procedures, including:

  • Flexible Bronchoscopy with specialized biopsy techniques
  • Chest Tubes
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopy with TBNA for evaluation of mediastinal/hilar adenopathy and lung nodules
  • Thoracic Ultrasound (diagnostic pleural and lung ultrasound)
  • High altitude simulation testing
  • Lung biopsy
  • Methacholine Bronchoprovocation testing for asthma
  • Navigational bronchoscopy (super dimensional) for evaluation of small lung nodules
  • PleurX catheter placement for pleural effusions or ascites
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Sleep studies
  • Thoracentesis

While our Pulmonology Clinic is located in Fort Walton Beach, our pulmonologists treat patients from across the region, including Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, Destin, Navarre, Niceville, Sandestin and the surrounding areas. A team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants support our pulmonologists and help provide access to pulmonary care—ensuring you get the time and attention you deserve.


When to seek care from a pulmonologist?

If you are having unusual symptoms, you should meet with your primary care physician to discuss them. Your primary care doctor will do a medical exam and an assessment of your overall condition, and may order some additional testing, such as a chest X-ray. Your primary care doctor may choose to refer you to a Pulmonologist if you have difficulty breathing, enduring cough, you are coughing or spitting blood or if you have respiratory infections.


Our Approach to Care:

White-Wilson is home to the community's largest team of physicians in over 20 different medical specialties. As part of a multi-specialty physician group, White-Wilson Pulmonologists collaborate to provide comprehensive patient care. Our board-certified pulmonologists and sleep medicine specialists are committed to working closely with your White-Wilson primary care doctor and other specialists, including our cardiologist, to develop the treatment plan that will be most effective for you.


Our Commitment to You:

The White-Wilson Pulmonology Clinic is committed to comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care. Our board-certified pulmonologists are thought leaders in pulmonary diseases, and are committed to the latest training, minimally invasive techniques and up to date therapies—ensuring you have access to the best in pulmonary medicine. Pulmonology, critical care and sleep issues can be overwhelming, and our team is dedicated to working with you to get the answers and treatment you need.

When the path becomes less certain, we are here for you.


Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB) with Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

Our pulmonologists are one of the only groups in the Florida panhandle proficient in performing an exciting new minimally invasive bronchoscopic technique called navigational bronchoscopy (ENB) with super dimension and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).

Navigational bronchoscopy allows our pulmonologists to accurately navigate to small, outlying pulmonary target lesions using something similar to GPS technology. This technique allows our pulmonologists to reach lesions that were otherwise inaccessible without higher risk procedures. Navigational bronchoscopy is at the forefront of the evaluation of lung nodules, and has significantly impacted the face of lung cancer care by allowing for earlier diagnosis, significantly lower procedural risks and improved survival rates.

Endobronchial ultrasound is currently the most effective, minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose all diseases that cause enlarged lymph nodes and for the staging of lung cancer, with the lowest procedural risk.

As leaders in pulmonary medicine, our Fort Walton Beach pulmonologists are one of the only groups in the Florida panhandle with the skillset to perform both procedures at the same time, conferring all the benefits of an earlier, more accurate diagnosis. In suspected cancer, they complete these procedures simultaneously, and interpret the biopsy findings on-site in real time, thus immediately providing both an accurate diagnosis and stage, with all the advantages of shorter time toward treatment. Together, these techniques allow our Fort Walton Beach pulmonologists to be leaders in the management of lung cancer and the evaluation of all suspicious lesions within the lungs or chest.

These techniques may be used for:

  • Biopsy of outlying small lung lesions
  • Biopsy of the lymph nodes
  • Dye marking nodules for surgical wedge resection
  • Placement of markers for radiotherapy
  • Insertion of brachytherapy catheters into malignant tissue for radiation

Pulmonologist, Dr. Chaney, discusses ARES Home Sleep Apnea Testing available at White-Wilson Medical Center

 

White-Wilson's Cardio-Pulmonary Testing Department is now offering a new type of sleep apnea test that is more convenient and comfortable for our patients. The ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) Home Sleep Monitor provides several benefits over traditional in-clinic sleep tests. Learn more about ARES.

Pulmonologist, Dr. Yuhico, shares signs and symptoms of Lung Cancer

 

Pulmonologist, Dr. Luke Yuhico, discusses the signs and symptoms of lung cancer, including enduring cough, trouble breathing, blood when coughing or spitting, and reoccurring respiratory infections. Early detection can help improve lung cancer outcomes. Watch his video to learn more about lung cancer awareness.

Our Pulmonology Specialists

John Chaney, M.D., FCCP
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

Walter Rustmann, D.O.
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

Luke Yuhico, M.D.
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

Anne Crow, ARNP
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

Deborah Gilmore, ARNP
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

Sophia Lynch, PA-C
Pulmonology
Fort Walton Beach
850.243.0118

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Pulmonology Department
1005 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547


850.243.0118

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