Pulmonology is the area of medicine that focuses on the respiratory system’s health. Pulmonologists are medical specialists that diagnose and treat conditions affecting the respiratory system. 

They have expertise in the following types of respiratory disorders: 

  • Infectious 
  • Structural 
  • Inflammatory 
  • Neoplastic (related to a tumor) 
  • Sleep apnea

Conditions Treated


Pulmonologists can treat a variety of conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis (when the lungs can’t clear mucus)
  • Bronchitis (inflamed mucous membranes)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (airflow blockage)
  • Emphysema (when lung alveoli are damaged)
  • Interstitial lung diseases (affect space and tissue around alveoli)
  • Occupational lung diseases (due to inhalation of dust, chemicals or proteins)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea(breathing slows or stops entirely during sleep)

Procedures Performed


Pulmonologists can perform a large range of exams and tests to help diagnose lung-related issues:

  • CT scan: To view detailed images of bones, muscles, fat organs and blood vessels
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Pulse oximetry test: Oxygen saturation levels in the blood
  • Bronchoscopy: To examine airway for issues in the trachea, lower airways, throat or larynx
  • Sleep studies: For sleep disorders like sleep apnea

When Should You See a Pulmonologist?

  • You have difficulty breathing
  • You have a persistent cough
  • You cough up blood regularly
Dr. Asif Sattar completed his medical training from the prestigious KMC, Manipal in India. He is UK board certified in Pulmonology/Chest medicine. His training in pulmonology in the UK included working in various renowned centers of excellence, including hospitals in Birmingham, Leeds, and Sheffield.
He moved to Dubai in 2008 and established the Pulmonology department in the first hospital in Dubai Healthcare City. This included establishing and running of busy pulmonary function and sleep lab.
He continues to perform Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy with transbronchial lung biopsy and bronchial lavage. He also consults on patients in the medical wards and the intensive care unit in a hospital at Dubai Healthcare City.

Interests and expertise include investigations and management of

  • Severe asthma
  • Lung infection including bronchiectasis
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • COPD/emphysema
  • Tuberculosis

Board Certifications or Equivalent

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), USA
  • Member of the European Respiratory Society
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians FRCP Edinburgh

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Dr. Asif Sattar


Dr. Asif Sattar

MBBS,MRCP, CCST, FRCP, FCCP (UK) - Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)
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