There are three ways to make an appointment:
Have your doctor, either your general pulmonologist or primary care provider, fax the materials listed below to our clinic at (415) 353–2568, ATTN: ILD New Patient Coordinator:
Mail the above materials to us at:
UCSF Interstitial Lung Disease Program
ATTN: ILD New Patient Coordinator
400 Parnassus Ave.
Room 591, Box 0359
San Francisco, CA 94143
Call the ILD new patient coordinator at (415) 353–8764, or call the ILD program nurse at (415) 353–2577 to discuss a referral to our clinic.
We will review these materials, determine if further testing or records are needed prior to your appointment and then call you to make an appointment. Our goal is to ensure a comprehensive ILD clinic visit.
Once an appointment has been scheduled, a new patient packet will be mailed to you. This packet includes an ILD initial questionnaire and instructions for you to hand carry certain important materials and tests with you to the visit. The questionnaire should be completed prior to your visit. Your referring doctor's office can help you gather the requested materials. These materials are important for your diagnosis and ensure a productive visit:
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please contact the ILD new patient coordinator at (415) 353–8764 as soon as possible.
Your visit will take about two to three hours. A brief description of your visit is below. The order may vary slightly, but the content will be unchanged.
Your case will be reviewed in the afternoon at the ILD Multidisciplinary Conference by the entire ILD team — pulmonologists, a radiologist and a pathologist. Based on all data and conference discussion, your final diagnosis will be determined.
The ILD doctors will provide recommendations directly to your referring doctor who will continue to be your primary treating doctor. We will speak with your referring doctor within a few days of your visit. A detailed consultation letter will be mailed to your doctor within one to three weeks of your appointment.
Please bring your current insurance card to your appointment. Check with your insurance company to make sure it will cover the cost of your visit. If your insurance company does not cover any of the charges incurred, you will be responsible for payment at the time of the visit. Lack of authorization from your insurance company or a referral from your doctor will result in either the need to reschedule your appointment, or for you to pay for the appointment at the time of service.
Potential costs include fees for the visit with the doctor, facility charges and any diagnostic testing such as lung function tests, X-rays or blood tests we deem necessary to complete your evaluation. In addition, there will be a charge for the review of your radiographs, pathologic specimens or both by our specialists.
Please contact our ILD new patient coordinator at (415) 353–8764 if you have questions. We look forward to meeting you.
Interstitial Lung Disease Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2577
Fax: (415) 353-2568