Mallinath Kayi, MD, FACP, FCCP, Pulmonologist with Select Specialty Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital

Get to know Pulmonologist Dr. Mallinath Kayi, who serves the population of South Charleston, West Virginia.

Dr. Kayi graduated with his Medical Degree from the J.J.M Medical College in India in 1975, giving him over four decades of experience in his field. After obtaining his medical degree and relocating to the United States, he completed his internal medicine residency with the Jamaica Hospital. Wanting to further his training he then completed his Pulmonary Disease fellowship with the the Jamaica Hospital.

Dr. Kayi is dual certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease with the American Board of Internal Medicine. To stay up to date in his field he remains a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Kayi currently practices as a Pulmonologist with Select Specialty Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital, where he holds an expertise in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Pulmonary medicine is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the respiratory system, including the lungs, upper airways, thoracic cavity, and chest wall. Although most common respiratory problems are treated by general internists and other specialty physicians, internists practicing pulmonary medicine (often referred to as “pulmonologists”) are frequently called upon to help diagnose unknown disorders and assist in managing difficult, unusual, or complicated diseases of the respiratory system. Pulmonologists have expertise in structural, inflammatory, infectious, and neoplastic disorders of the lung parenchyma, pleura and airways, pulmonary vascular disease and its effect on the cardiovascular system, and detection and prevention of occupational and environmental causes of lung disease. Diseases commonly evaluated and treated by pulmonologists include asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), emphysema, lung cancer, interstitial and occupational lung diseases, complex lung and pleural infections including tuberculosis, pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis. Some pulmonologists focus on sleep-disordered breathing (such as sleep apnea) and may provide diagnostic and therapeutic services in sleep laboratories.

Dr. Kayi attributes his professional success to always liking a challenge and his mother who encouraged him to be a doctor. Once he began working with critical care patients he felt rewarded on a daily basis and became grateful working with them and their families. His wife Uma, always supported him and his daughter Pooja followed in his physician footsteps, as a nephrologist.

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