Thomas K.C. King, M.B., B.Ch., M.D.

Pulmonary Disease Medicine
Thomas King

If you cannot breathe, nothing else matters.  As  a Pulmonary physician, the management of many of the  lung diseases  relates to the improvement in  shortness of breath.  However, breathing is a complex process involving  different mechanisms in different lung diseases.  My focus in research is to improve understanding in the defect in oxygen  uptake  in chronic lung diseases such as Emphysema and Chronic bronchitis and to develop possible remedies.  For example, it is now known that disease causing uneven distribution of the inhaled air and blood flow to the gas exchanging units in the lungs is the major mechanism in impaired oxygen uptake.  Treatment with medications relieving spasm of the muscles of the airway and decreasing airway inflammation can result in significant  improvement in oxygen transfer in COPD/Chronic bronchitis and Asthma.

My clinical expertise includes but is not limited to the diagnosis and management of Pneumonia, Lung caner and the Fibrotic Lung diseases.It is true that strong causal factors are known in major lung diseases: such as smoking in Lung cancer or COPD and infectious agents causing Pneumonia and Tuberculosis so that major preventative measures are crucial  and can do much in reducing lung diseases..

Dr. King has been a full time Faculty member of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine for many years.  His main Clinical interest and expertise is in the area of Obstructive Airway Diseases including Asthma, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis and other Airway problems such as the evaluation of Cough.  Other interess are Lung cancer, Sarcoidosis, Interstitial Lung diseases, Pulmonary embolism and Pre-operative . pulmonary evaluation and management of post-operative complications.  His areas of research parrell his clinical interests  and targets the quantitation of pulmonary distribution of ventilation, perfusion and diffusing capacity in diseases of the lungs.  The physiologic defects in ARDS and Scoilosis have also been investigated.  His most recent interest has been the early detection of the Fat embolism  

Dr. King is a Past President of the New York State Thoracic Society

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London

Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians

He is listed in SuperDocs(Pulmonary Medicine) in the New York Times Magazine





Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


King TKC and Briscoe WA: Blood gas exchange in emphysema: an example illustrating method of calculation. J. Appl.Physiol. 23:672-682, 1967.

King TKC and Briscoe WA: The distribution of ventilation perfusion, lung volume and transfer factor (diffusing capacity) in patients with obstructive lung disease. Clin. Sci. 35:153-170, 1968.

King TKC and Yu D: Factors determining the ventilatory response to carbon dioxide in chronic obstructive airways disease. Clin.Sci. 39:653-662, 1970.

King TKC, Weber B, Okinaka A, Friedman SA, Smith JP, Briscoe WA: Oxygen transfer in catastrophic respiratory failure: Chest 65:40S-44S, 1974.

Arndt H, King TKC and Briscoe WA: Diffusing capacities and ventilation perfusion ratios in patients with the clinical syndrome of alveolar capillary block. J. Clin. Invest. 49:408-422, 1970.

Johri S, Sivjee K, Rahaghi F, Jules-Elysee K, Urban M, Fleider D, Kelsey W, Boachie-Adjei O, King TKC: Bronchoalveolar Lavage Findings in Patients Undergoing Complex Spinal Surgeries. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. Vol. 167; p A 623, 2003.

Honors and Awards

Wu Chung Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong (1981)

William Harris Visiting Professor, University of Taiwan (1989,


Pulmonary Academic Award National Institutes of Health US


Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award, Weill Medical College (1982)

Senior List for Excellence in Teaching, Weill Medical College