Nicholas Vander Els, MD

Nicholas Vander Els, MD


Director, Pulmonary Function Laboratories

Clinical Expertise

Pulmonary Disease in Immunocompromised People; Pulmonary Complications of Cancer and Therapy; Pulmonary Complications Associated with HIV Infection; Photodynamic Therapy; Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

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About Me


MD, New York University School of Medicine


Beth Israel Medical Center (New York)


St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Disease; Critical Care Medicine

I am a pulmonologist with decades of experience in diagnosing and treating patients who suffer from lung conditions and complications caused by cancer and its treatment. In addition to seeing patients with a variety of pulmonary diseases in our outpatient clinics, I consult on inpatient cases throughout the hospital. I also perform procedures such as thoracentesis, catheter placement in the pleural space, and bronchoscopy. I am also experienced in performing endobronchial ultrasound to diagnose lymph nodes in the chest.

I have participated in research to evaluate patient tolerance to varying levels of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other forms of cancer treatment. I am also very involved in training our distinguished group of fellows.

I am also the Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory, which performs a full range of tests including routine testing as well as cardiopulmonary exercise tests and bronchoprovocation challenges. The pulmonary function laboratory at MSK is one of the busiest labs in the country.


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Research and Publications

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Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Vander Els’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.