Faculty Profile

Septimiu Murgu
Section of Pulmonary / Critical Care
Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Murgu's research interest relates to application of airway imaging technologies into the clinical arena of malignant and benign airway disease. A primary focus of his current research has been on defining the etiologic, morphologic, and pathophysiologic characteristics of various forms of central airway disorders. In this regard, he has advocated the use of multimodal bronchoscopic imaging for patients with benign and malignant airway obstruction both for diagnosis and for guiding bronchoscopic treatments. Dr. Murgu has evaluated the role of endobronchial ultrasonography combined with optical coherence tomography for guiding laser interventions in patients with benign airway strictures. His current work is focused on improving the understanding of underlying technologies, related clinical issues, and diverse methods used to assess ways to integrate advanced optical and acoustic technologies in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with airway disorders and lung masses/nodules. In addition, Dr Murgu's research attempts to clarify the impact of bronchoscopic and pleural interventions on quality of life and survival in patients with malignancy and related airway obstruction and pleural effusion.

Clinical Interests

Tracheobronchomalacia; Excessive dynamic airway collapse; Tracheal stenosis; Rigid bronchoscopic interventions (laser, electrocautery, dilation, airway stents); Lung cancer diagnosis, staging, restaging and repeat biopsy; Foreign body aspiration; Management of massive hemoptysis; Percutaneous tracheostomy; Pleural disease; Palliation of malignant pleural effusion


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  • MD, 1999, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicine
  • Residency, 2003, St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2006, University of California-Irvine, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2007, University of California-Irvine, Interventional Pulmonology