About Us

The Valley Fever Clinic

The Valley Fever Clinic was started by Dr. Rundbaken in 2003 due to the increasing epidemic, now exceeding 16,000 cases per year. His clinical expertise in this field is the well earned result of continued education,certification, and unsurpassed experience. Although treating this disease is already an integral part of practicing medicine in Arizona it is important to Dr. Rundbaken to offer his patients and the community something more by supporting the institutions responsible for Valley Fever research, educating the public, and by raising funds for continued studies such as the vaccine project. 

The Coccidiomycosis Study Group conducts an annual meeting to discuss Valley Fever advancements in research, patient management, and public health concerns. Dr. Rundbaken has attended these meetings since 2003. He also sends serum samples of local patients to Dr. Gary Cole at the University of Texas to assist with the “Vaccine Project”.

Dr. Rundbaken is a founding member of the Valley Fever Alliance of Arizona which assists patients with referrals and physicians requesting advice with more challenging cases. This statewide referral service was created by the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Corridor Project and also focuses on creating awareness and initiating research. He is also a board member of “Victims of Valley Fever”. The” Valley Fever Spores” is a running team created in 2011 by Dr. Rundbaken to raise money for the disease. They participated in the 2011 and 2012 P.F. Chang Marathons.

Dr. Rundbaken has been interviewed by the Arizona Republic, the Cronkite School of Journalism, and local community newspapers in response to local outbreaks and the continued epidemic. He was a contributor to the book, “The Valley Fever Epidemic Book” by David and Sharon Filip. He has lectured on the topic at Rotary Clubs, fundraisers, churches, recreation centers, and Glendale Community College to raise awareness. Please contact our office if you are interested in arranging a lecture for your local group.

 

Arizona Institute of Respiratory Medicine and Valley Fever Clinic offers a full range of pulmonary care. Conditions commonly treated in the clinic include:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Valley Fever
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Blood Clots
  • COPD
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Lung Tumors, Nodules, and Cancer
  • Oxygen Needs at Home and During Travel
  • Pleural Fluid
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Smoking Cessation

Common conditions treated in hospital:

  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure with and without life support
  • Lung tumors
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Critical care procedures including chest tubes, thoracentesis, central line placement and bronchoscopy.
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Lung collapse
  • COPD exacerbations
  • Pulmonary embolism
 

Commonly Used Laboratories and Radiology Facilities

  • Sonora Quest
  • LabCorp
  • Banner Arizona Medical Clinic
  • Simon Med
  • Sun Radiology
  • Banner Facilities
  • Valley Radiology
  • Banner Arizona Medical Clinic
 

Respiratory Products

These items are available in our office:

Pulse Oximeter – This device allows you to know your oxygen level and heart rate.

Harmonica – Playing this instrument has been medically shown to improve pulmonary function.

 

Additional Pulmonary Devices Proven Beneficial for Lung Disease

Flutter Valve – This is a portable device that helps clear mucus in patients with lung disorders by combining positive expiratory pressure therapy with high frequency oscillations within the airway in a controlled vibration system. There are currently two brands on the market, the Flutter Device and the Acapella. They can be purchased from local medical equipment companies, or over the internet.

Peak Flow Meters – A peak flow meter is a portable, easy to use device that measures how well your lungs are working. It is an inexpensive way to help patients manage asthma. It allows you to measure your own breathing function, thereby helping you to determine your response to medication during an asthma attack.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Exercise – Pulmonary rehabilitation and exercise are offered at the hospitals and are excellent adjuvant therapies for patients with COPD and some other pulmonary disorders.