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Better breathing starts with a stronger team.

Difficulty breathing changes everything. But so can the right team. At Samaritan, we offer comprehensive pulmonary care, provided by a team of board-certified pulmonologists. We also offer the best prevention, detection, treatment, and rehabilitation services in our region.

So whether you or a loved one is struggling with asthma, sleep apnea, or lung cancer—we can help. And, as the largest and most experienced pulmonary critical care service in the region, serious pulmonary conditions can be treated close to home.

Introducing Robotic Bronchoscopy

A new innovation that holds promise to fight lung cancer is now in use at Samaritan Medical Center. Used to view the inside of the lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy, Auris Health’s Monarch™ Platform aims to enable an earlier and more-accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung.

The technology integrates the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science, and endoscopy (the use of small cameras and tools to enter the body through its natural openings). Samaritan is the first hospital in Central New York and the North Country to invest in this new technology and one of only two sites in the entire state to utilize the platform. Click here to learn more.

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Tom’s Story

Meet Tom Camarda and his wife, Michelle, from Black Lake in St. Lawrence County. When Tom was first diagnosed with lung cancer, he had a few unsuccessful visits with other specialists; but then, he was connected with Dr. Rory Sears at Samaritan Pulmonology. With advanced technology, compassion and empathy, Dr. Sears was just what Tom needed take control of his diagnosis.

We’ll be there. To help you breathe easier and live better.

Samaritan Medical Center is proud to offer advanced procedures and programs that help detect and treat lung conditions – a comprehensive level of service only available here. Samaritans pulmonologists are credentialed to perform these specialized and advanced procedures. To learn more, talk to your family doctor about getting a referral.


A bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your lungs’ airways, called the bronchi and bronchioles. The airways carry air from the trachea, or windpipe, to the lungs. A bronchoscopy can help find the cause of a lung problem. For example, during the procedure, your doctor may see:

  • A tumor
  • Signs of infection
  • Excess mucus in the airways
  • The site of bleeding
  • A blockage (such as a piece of food) in your airway

Your doctor also may take samples of mucus or tissue from your lungs to test in a laboratory.

Endobronchial Ultrasound

An Endobronchial Ultrasound, or EBUS, uses real-time ultrasound to identify and sample small abnormalities within your lungs without invasive surgery. This procedure is less invasive than conventional surgery. The EBUS system also makes biopsies safer and more accurate than conventional methods

Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy

An Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy, or ENB, is a specialized system of endoscopic tools and technology used along with traditional bronchoscopy to provide computer-driven GPS based on a patient’s CT scan. The tools extend much further into the lungs than standard bronchoscopes, which enables the physicians to reach more of the lung tissue for a more accurate diagnosis.

ENB is an outpatient procedure, and patients are typically discharged the same day. The ENB technology provides a safer, lower complication risk alternative to traditional methods or the other approaches, such as “watchful waiting,” as is the case with many patients diagnosed with lung cancer who are often non-surgical candidates.


Early Lung Cancer Screening Progam

Early detection is a proven, successful strategy for fighting many forms of cancer. Samaritan Medical Center offers low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for people at high risk for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. Because lung cancer has no symptoms in its early stages, more than 85 percent of the men and women who are diagnosed with lung cancer today are diagnosed in a late stage, after symptoms occur and when there is very little chance of cure.

Samaritan’s Early Lung Cancer Screening program can give you that chance. According to International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) research, a CT scan can find 85% of lung cancers in their earliest, most curable stage.

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Samaritan Pulmonology

19320 US Route 11

Building 3

Watertown, NY 13601

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