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Ganesh Krishna, MD

600 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

[email protected]

Dr.Krishna graduated from Stanford University Pulmonary/Critical care medicine fellowship program and subsequently served as a faculty at Stanford for eight years. He underwent additional training in Germany for Interventional Pulmonology. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 2014 to start the Interventional Pulmonary program. He is interested in bronchology training for fellows, advanced bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, thoracic ultrasound and critical care. He is at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and is the program director for the UCSF/PAMF Interventional Pulmonary program at El Camino Hospital.

Dr.Krishna is interested in clinical research related to devices and interventional pulmonology. Current research projects include endoscopic lung volume reduction, confocal endomicroscopy for evaluation of small lung nodules, transbronchial cryobiopsy for interstitial lung diseases and therapeutic applications of navigational bronchoscopy.

1. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
2. Endobronchial ultrasound EBUS.
3. Argon plasma coagulation: airway recanalization, coagulation for hemoptysis
4. Endobronchial cryosurgery
5. Autofluorescence bronchoscopy and narrow band imaging
6. Rigid bronchoscopy
7. Airway recanalization and stenting
8. Endoscopic lung volume reduction LVRS
9. Percutaneous tracheostomy
10. Medical thoracoscopy: single port thoracoscopy for diagnosis of pleural diseases and pleurodeisis
11. Confocal endomicroscopy system
12. Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
13. Cryo spray ablation
14. IBV valve system for persistent bronchopleural fistula
15. Spyglass
16. Radial probe (360°) ultrasound
17. Thoracic ultrasound for pleural effusion and advanced critical care ultrasound
18. Selective bronchography
19. HDR brachtherapy
20. Fiducial marker placement for stereotactic body radiation
21. Baloon bronchoplasty
22. Foreign body extraction
23. Holmium YAG laser
24. Transbronchial cryo biopsy for interstitial lung diseases
25. Microdebrider bronchoscopy


confocal endomicroscopy for evaluation of small lung nodules, endoscopic lung volume reduction, transbronchial cryobiopsy for interstitial lung diseases and therapeutic applications of navigational bronchoscopy

Recent Articles (22)

Hetzel J, Maldonado F, Ravaglia C, Wells AU, Colby TV, Tomassetti S, Ryu JH, Fruchter O, Piciucchi S, Dubini A, Cavazza A, Chilosi M, Sverzellati N, Valeyre D, Leduc D, Walsh SLF, Gasparini S, Hetzel M, Hagmeyer L, Haentschel M, Eberhardt R, Darwiche K, Yarmus LB, Torrego A, Krishna G, Shah PL, Annema JT, Herth FJF, Poletti V. Transbronchial Cryobiopsies for the Diagnosis of Diffuse Parenchymal Lung Diseases: Expert Statement from the Cryobiopsy Working Group on Safety and Utility and a Call for Standardization of the Procedure. Respiration. 2018; 95(3):188-200.

Parikh MS, Seeley E, Nguyen-Tran E, Krishna G. Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Injection of Liposomal Amphotericin B for the Treatment of Symptomatic Aspergilloma. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2017 Oct; 24(4):330-333.

Parikh MS, Seeley E, Krishna G. Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy Spares a Drunken Crab From the Surgeon's Knife. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol. 2017 Jul; 24(3):241-243.

Benn BS, Lombard CM, Krishna G. Nivolumab-Induced Granulomatous Inflammation of the Pleura. J Thorac Oncol. 2017 Jul; 12(7):e100-e101.

Nelson G, Wu M, Hinkel C, Krishna G, Funk T, Rosenberg J, Fahrig R. Improved targeting accuracy of lung tumor biopsies with scanning-beam digital x-ray tomosynthesis image guidance. Med Phys. 2016 Dec; 43(12):6282.

Nelson G, Yoon S, Krishna G, Wilfley B, Fahrig R. Patient dose simulations for scanning-beam digital x-ray tomosynthesis of the lungs. Med Phys. 2013 Nov; 40(11):111917.

Desai B, Mattson J, Paintal H, Nathan M, Shen F, Beaumont M, Malinao MC, Li Y, Canfield J, Basham B, de Waal Malefyt R, McClanahan T, Krishna G, Fick R. Differential expression of monocyte/macrophage- selective markers in human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Exp Lung Res. 2011 May; 37(4):227-38.

Babiak A, Hetzel J, Krishna G, Fritz P, Moeller P, Balli T, Hetzel M. Transbronchial cryobiopsy: a new tool for lung biopsies. Respiration. 2009; 78(2):203-8.

Krishna G, Gould MK. Minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary nodules. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2008 Jul; 14(4):282-6.

Mohanasundaram UM, Chitkara R, Krishna G. Smoking cessation therapy with varenicline. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2008; 3(2):239-51.

Meinke L, Chitkara R, Krishna G. Advances in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2007 Jan; 8(1):23-37.

Chitkara RK, Krishna G. Parasitic pulmonary eosinophilia. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 Apr; 27(2):171-84.

Katikireddy CK, Krishna G, Keifer T, Kuschner W, Rosen G. A 35-year-old man with fever, dyspnea, and diffuse reticular opacities. Chest. 2006 Feb; 129(2):482-7.

Katikireddy CK, Krishna G, Berry G, Faul J, Kuschner W. A 24-year-old woman with bilateral pulmonary infiltrates, pericardial effusion, and bilateral pleural effusions. Chest. 2005 Dec; 128(6):4013-7.

Krishna G, Sankaranarayanan V, Chitkara RK. New therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2004 Mar; 13(3):255-67.

Krishna G, Chitkara RK. Pneumonic plague. Semin Respir Infect. 2003 Sep; 18(3):159-67.

Krishna G, Chitkara RK. Osseous Kaposi sarcoma. JAMA. 2003 Mar 05; 289(9):1106.

Angelotti T, Krishna G, Scott J, Berry G, Weinacker A. Nodular invasive tracheobronchitis due to Aspergillus in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus. 2002; 11(5):325-8.

Krishna G, Liu K, Shigemitsu H, Gao M, Raffin TA, Rosen GD. PG490-88, a derivative of triptolide, blocks bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis. Am J Pathol. 2001 Mar; 158(3):997-1004.

Krishna G, Raffin TA. Terminal weaning from mechanical ventilation. Crit Care Med. 1999 Jan; 27(1):9-10.

Krishna G, Raffin TA. The dying thoracic patient. Chest Surg Clin N Am. 1998 Aug; 8(3):723-39.

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