The Department of Respiratory Medicine was started at Shri B.M Patil Medical college in 1989. Dr. S. Chandrashekhar was the first Professor & Head of the Department. The department was later headed by Dr. Prabhakar Rao in the year 1996. Dr . Ramesh S Babar later joined in the department as professor and HOD in the year 2004. Dr. Keertivardhan D Kulkarni was appointed as HOD from 2024.

It is catering to the Under-graduate (MBBS) teaching as per NMC/CBME/MCI norms.

Post-graduate courses in the department started in the year 2019.

Department of Respiratory

RNTCP Revised National TB Control Programme, DOTS facility Centre and designated microscopy lab are available under the Department of Respiratory Medicine.

Respiratory Intensive Care unit services and Video Bronchoscopy were started in the year 2010.

In 2013,SBMPMCH and RC started 10 bedded MDRTB Treatment centre which was first of its kind in a Private Medical College throughout Karnataka in collaboration with Vijayapura District TB centre.Dr. Santosh Nemagouda was the Nodal Officer for RNTCP till 2020.Later on the nodal officer charge was allotted to Dr. Keertivardhan D Kulkarni.

Department of Respiratory Medicine was one of the main Departments which was actively involved in the management of COVID-19 cases where it managed Flu Corner, Covid ICU services and in active training of Medical students, Faculty and Nursing staff in management of Covid cases as per ICMR and Karnataka state Guidelines.

The department also runs PhD programme along with courses like pulmonary function tests , Asthma and Allergy.

Our mission is to sustain leadership in patient care, in clinical research, and in training the next generation of exceptional clinicians and researchers of our specialty in an environment that fosters creativity, diversity, inclusiveness, and synergy. Our faculty is committed to the highest level of clinical research in Respiratory Medicine while adhering to the highest ethical standards. We are committed to provide comprehensive and unparalleled Respiratory care in our area.