Interstitial Lung Disease Program

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Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is composed of a diverse group of conditions with shared clinical, radiographic and pathologic features. Common ILDs include idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and connective tissue disease-associated ILD (CTD-ILD), due to rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, Sjogren's syndrome, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, lupus, or mixed connective tissue disease. The treatment of ILD generally targets the immune system or fibrotic pathways. An accurate ILD diagnosis is critical, as therapies targeting the immune system have been shown to harm individuals with IPF, while therapies targeting fibrotic pathways are of unclear benefit in those with HP and CTD-ILD.

The UC Davis ILD Program specializes in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients with ILD. Our team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to patients and their families.  Our multi-disciplinary team includes pulmonologists, rheumatologists, radiologists and pathologists with extensive ILD experience. This team meets regularly for multi-disciplinary discussion of patients seen in our clinic to establish an accurate diagnosis and initiate appropriate therapy. We also engage in cutting edge research, provide access to numerous clinical trials and maintain active collaborations with ILD centers around the country.

Clinical Information

The Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic is located at UC Davis Medical Group, 2825 J Street, Suite 400 in Sacramento, Calif. 95817. Our clinic is located at the corner of 28th and J Streets. We have a comfortable reception area, and plenty of examination and teaching rooms. The phone number for the ILD clinic is 916-734-2737 and fax 916-734-0804. For questions regarding the ILD clinical program, please email or call Claudia Vukovich ( at 916-734-5676.

Research Information

We conduct basic, clinical and translational ILD research at UC Davis. We maintain a large clinical registry along with biorepository where we store blood and lung samples for basic and translational research. We also take part in several ILD clinical trials for patients interested in enrolling. For questions regarding the UC Davis ILD registry and biorepository, along with currently enrolling clinical trials, please email or call Elena Foster ( or Maya Juarez ( at 916-734-3650.

Meet the Team

Justin Oldham, M.D., M.S.

Richart Harper, M.D.

Claudia Vukovich, RT
Clinical Coordinator

Elena Foster, M.S.
Research Coordinator

Brian Morrissey, M.D.
Associate Director

Maya Juarez, M.S.
Research Coordinator

Ulf Tylen, M.D.
Thoracic Radiologist

Yanhong Zhang, M.D.
Pulmonary Pathologist