The department started in 1961 in the current location in Seethammadhara. The degree course in MD (Chest & TB) was started in 1979 at Andhra University. The Hospital moved to its curent location in 2005. Services rendered at the hopsital include outpatient and inpatient care for a variety of chest diseases as well as communicable illnesses such as Tetanuas, Rabies, Swine flu, Acute diarrheal infecions and chicken pox.
The Hospital has a 12 bed Respiratory Intensive care unit, and procedures such as bronchoscopy, video assisted thoracoscopy are routinely performed here. The facility also has a center for treatment of HIV/ AIDS patients and an ICT center for counselling of HIV patients.
The faculty are involved in the education of MBBS students as well as post graduates and the department boasts a rich variety of clinical research projects as well as publications in national and international journals by the faculty