More than a century ago, the Winchester Chest Center was founded with the goal of providing care to patients with tuberculosis, a chronic bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs. Today, we remain firmly committed to that original mission. Located at Yale New Haven Hospital, we are the regional referral center for tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases.
Though the number of active cases of tuberculosis continues to decline in the United States, tuberculosis as a global problem remains an enormous challenge. In an era where disease can easily cross national and geographic boundaries, the need for an active and highly educated tuberculosis service is clear.
We treat active cases and identify and evaluate patients with latent tuberculosis infection. We are also actively engaged in outreach based in adult education centers in the New Haven area, screening and caring for high risk people, who often have limited access to health care.