Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care

About Us

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care strives to advance our knowledge of lung health and disease through a combination of education and research.

“We have in recent years expanded our research programs, established advanced pulmonary disease subspecialty clinics and successfully opened a lung transplantation program at Northwestern.”

– Scott Budinger, MD

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Faculty: Meet the Team

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Colin Thomas Gillespie, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Surgery

Dr. Gillespie's clinical interest includes the treatment of thoracic malignancies, specifically with regard to the application of novel technologies in Interventional Pulmonology to improve the diagnosis and treat thoracic malignancies with minimal invasiveness. He also has extensive experience in the bronchoscopic management of tracheal stenosis and the airway complications associated with Lung Transplantation. Dr Gillespie has advanced training in the following techniques: flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, balloon bronchoplasty, endobronchial stent placement (silicon, hybrid, and metallic), ...

Richard G Wunderink, MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My research interests revolve around understanding the risk factors, including host genetic risk, and improving outcomes of critically ill patients with serious infections. This includes severe community-acquired pneumonia, sepsis of all causes, and nosocomial infections, particularly ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Jacob I Sznajder, MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Molecular Biology

Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Interstitial lung disease

Susan R Russell, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My clinical interest in the outpatient setting is the diagnosis and treatment of sarcoidosis. I am also involved with our lung transplantation program. On the inpatient side, I serve as the medical director for our inpatient Pulmonary unit and work to help improve the inpatient care of our patients with pneumonia, asthma, and COPD as well as transitions from critical care settings. I am interested in quality research regarding inpatient pulmonary care and early recognition of sepsis.

Manu  Jain, MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pediatrics

My primary research interest is in lung repair after acute injury with a focus on TGF-beta mediated signaling. We have identified mitochondrial generated reactive oxygen species as important in TGF-bête mediated gene expression and are working to identify novel therapeutic targets in this pathway. We are also interested in modulating the ubiquitin-proteosomal pathway as a therapeutic target for tissue fibrosis. I have a clinical translational interest in Cystic Fibrosis. I am the site co-PI for the CF Foundation sponsored clinical trial network, The Therapeutic Development Network. I am also...

Shari Lynn Meyerson, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Thoracic Surgery) and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr Meyerson is Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She trained in General Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals and then completed her Thoracic Surgery training at Duke University in 2006. She is an active member of Graduate Medical Education Committee and Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators at Northwestern.

Marc A Sala, MD

Instructor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My primary goal is to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to people with lung diseases or in the ICU. I am a board-certified pulmonologist and intensivist and have sub-specialty interests in cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, and lung transplant. During my fellowship, I acquired experience in laboratory science under Jing Liu, PhD, and firmly believe advancement of excellent medicine is only possible through scientific research. To that end, I spend a portion of my time committed to research of lung disease biology.

Jacqueline M Kruser, MD, MS

Instructor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Social Sciences

Jacky Kruser, MD MS is a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician who primarily practices in the adult Medical Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, followed by medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She then pursued a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Kruser is also a researcher with a master's degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern Un...

YouYang  Zhao, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pharmacology

Youyang Zhao, Ph.D., is William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Program for Lung and Vascular Biology at the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Zhao joined Lurie Children's in July 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he started with Assistant Professor i...

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Diversity and Inclusion

The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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Graduate Research Resources

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You can contact Dave McCreery for more information on supporting the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at 312-503-6099 or david.mccreery@northwestern.edu

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