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Mission Statement


Altoona Lung Specialists’ experienced and caring physicians and staff are dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and treatment to allow patients to control their condition and return to a healthy, active lifestyle.


Altoona Lung Specialists was founded in 1977 by Dr. George Zlupko. He was joined by Dr. Craig Hartman in 1979 with offices located in the Altoona Hospital. In 1991 Altoona Lung Specialists shared offices with a walk-in clinic, known as Doctors’ Services, located at 232 East Wopsononock Avenue in Altoona. Altoona Lung Specialists built and moved to a new facility at 801 Howard Avenue, Altoona in 1995. Dr. Timothy Lucas joined the practice in 2000, Dr. Alan Kanouff joined in 2009; and the newest member of our physician team, Dr. Michael Zlupko joined the practice in 2013 following the retirement of Dr. Hartman. The physicians and staff of Altoona Lung have occupied a newly built, state-of-the-art facility at 800 Chestnut Avenue in Altoona since the Spring of 2011.

The facility on Chestnut Avenue is a two-story, 15,000-square-foot facility containing the offices of Altoona Lung Specialists, the Sleep Disorder Network, a CT scanner, and the newly formed non-profit organization known as the Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA., Inc.

All of the physicians at Altoona Lung Specialists were born in Pennsylvania and have received their training in the United States. Each of the physicians in our practice have local ties and are committed to the community in which they reside and practice.

Convenience and Customer Service Is Our Top Priority

Convenience and Customer Service are not words commonly associated with health care in this day and age. Receiving specialty care, in areas like Central Pennsylvania that are far removed from large university-based medical centers, has become anything but convenient for most patients. That is why it is the mission of Altoona Lung Specialists to offer our patients convenience and customer service as a top priority.

Altoona Lung Specialists provide of a wide range of services to our patients in the Lung Disease Center, which provides them with state-of-the-art care, including testing, diagnosis, and treatment in one location within their own community, allowing them to remain local.

Altoona Lung Specialists’ also offer customer service initiatives not normally received in a healthcare setting. Our telephones are answered Monday through Friday by a live receptionist who is able to speak with the caller and direct them to the appropriate staff to assist them with their need. Upon referral to our specialty practice, the patients are promptly scheduled for necessary testing and an appointment with one of our physicians. Each of our patients are seen by a physician with ties to the local community, to whom they are assigned and whom they see in the office and the hospital setting, as necessary.

Altoona Lung Specialists’ patients enjoy the opportunity to be seen by our caring and experienced medical staff whose main goal is to help our patients control their condition and return to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Thank you from Dr. Zlupko