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Stem Cell Physician Interview with Dr. Elmer Pacheco

29 Jun 2016
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Stem Cell Physician Interview with Dr. Elmer Pacheco

When considering stem cell therapy, it’s important to really know your doctors: their education, their goals and their background. Working together with your physician is essential to ensuring the best results during and after treatment, so in order to help you feel more connected, the Lung Institute is here to give you an inside look at the day-to-day of Dr. Elmer Pacheco, the Medical Director of our Tampa clinic.
If you’re considering treatment for a chronic lung disease, see what we learned in our Stem Cell Physician Interview with Dr. Elmer.

What is your medical background?

I was both a Medical Oncologist (trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center) and Nuclear Medicine Physician (trained at William Beaumont Army Medical Center or WBAMC). I have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and I have served as an Associate Professor within the Texas Health System and the University of New Mexico. I was a teaching staff member of Nuclear Medicine while at WBAMC, and I have served as the Director of several committees such as Cancer Care and Discharge Planning in several hospitals.

What is your official title at the Lung Institute?

I am the Medical Director of the Tampa Clinic.

What made you want to join the Lung Institute?

I joined the Lung Institute because of their resolve to help patients. These are people who have reached terminal phases of lung diseases such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. They’ve exhausted all of the conventional treatment approaches, so it’s important to be a part of an organization whose purpose is to provide a hopeful alternative.

Stem Cell Physician Interview with Dr. Elmer Pacheco

What would you like to share about stem cell therapy and medicine?

It is an evolving field in which we continue to learn new things regarding the applications of stem cells.

How does the Lung Institute compare to other industry trends you’ve seen in regards to stem cells?

Although other institutions have been using research protocols—at times excluding certain patients due to selection criteria—we are more liberal with patients that want to try this treatment approach. Our Institute also has an Internal Review Board which is helping us to develop new protocols to help determine what is best for our patients.

How does the Lung Institute compare to other companies in patient care?

I think we are all striving to come up with the best ways to help patients with COPD by using the tools of regenerative medicine. The individual care we give to our patients is unique.

What is it like working with the clinic staff?

It is a cohesive team, sharing the same goals and expectations.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of your job?

The individual challenges each patient presents and how we strive to help them.

Thank you, Dr. Pacheco!

We hope you have enjoyed reading our Stem Cell Physician Interview with Dr. Elmer Pacheco. You can learn more about all of our physicians, nurses and medical staff by check out our about us page. Feel free to check out what our patients are saying about their treatments, too.

If you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to your health, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pneumoconiosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Wondering how stem cell therapy works? Or where is the Lung Institute? Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today for more info and to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

Interested in learning more about our physicians? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Sharnie,

    Thanks for your comment. While insurance doesn’t cover treatment at this time, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future. This process can take some time though. In the meantime, there are other options to help you save money and raise funds for treatment. Many of our patients have used fundraising to help them raise money for treatment. You can read more about fundraising tips by clicking here. If you have any questions regarding stem cell treatments, we are happy to answer them. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Sharnie Hecker

    8 months ago

    I would love to try the stem cell. But it is so pricy and ins. Don’t cover it. And with me living on 868.00 a month it will take me forever to save the money. And I’m 66 yrs old. And I can’t get a loan to help pay for it. And I would like to live a quality of life.

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