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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Paul T Schumacker, PhD

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

Our lab is interested in the effects of oxygen on cell metabolism, and in the molecular mechanisms underlying cellular oxygen sensing. The signaling pathways activated by hypoxia, and their regulation of transcriptional and post-translational responses in diverse cell types are also of major interest. Current studies focus on the role of mitochondrial redox signaling in the development of pulmonary hypertension. Other current studies focus on cardiomyocyte regeneration in the heart and molecular factors that regulate hypertrophic and hyperplastic remodeling responses.

GR Scott  Budinger, MD

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

Asthma; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; Pulmonary Fibrosis; Pulmonary Thromboembolism; Sarcoidosis

S Marina Casalino-Matsuda, PharmD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Airway inflammation in asthma and COPD. Effects of hypercapnia (elevated levels of CO2) on innate immunity and host defense in the lung. Link between autophagy and phagocytosis.

James M Walter, MD

Instructor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

James Walter, MD is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician and Medical Director of the Northwestern Lung Rescue Program. Dr. Walter attended Princeton University followed by medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Walter's clinical interests are in the care of adult patients with acute respiratory failure and shock including the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. H...

Ankit  Bharat, MBBS

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

Dr Bharat is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include malignant and benign chest and esophageal diseases. Dr Bharat's research is focused on lung preservation, transplant immunology and airway biology, achieved through collaboration with the Kovler Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Laura  Dada, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

The major goal of our research is to study the role of the Na,K-ATPase subunits in the regulation of alveolar epithelial function in normal and hypoxic conditions. We will shift the emphasis from the transport function of the Na,K-ATPase to its important role in stabilizing intercellular junctions and hence in alveolar epithelial integrity. Hypoxemia and injury of the alveolar-capillary barrier might result not only in a decrease in Na,K-ATPase activity but also in weakening interactions between the Na,K-ATPase ß1 subunits in neighboring cells. We will determine the molecular mechanisms regula...

Hiam  Abdala-Valencia, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Application of next generation sequencing technology and integrative "wet" lab approaches to basic and translational research of lung diseases, including but not limited to: asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, acute lung injury. Understanding systemic influences on lung biology in health and disease, such as impact of central metabolism and epigenetic control of developmental checkpoints

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

Emilia  Lecuona, PhD

Research Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My interest is in the study of the biology of the alveolar epithelium as well as the mechanisms that regulate sodium transport in alveolar epithelial cells. I am also interested in studying the mechanisms by which some respiratory diseases are accompanied of muscle dysfunction and the possible role that microRNAs play in it.

Ravi  Kalhan, MD

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

Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS is Director of the Northwestern Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program where comprehensive care is provided to patients with asthma and COPD at all stages of severity. Dr. Kalhan additionally serves as director of the Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency Clinical Resource Center at Northwestern and medical director of the lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) program. Dr. Kalhan attended college at Brown University in Providence, RI where he majored in modern American history. He subsequently entered medical school at Case Western Reserve University Schoo...

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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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