Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care

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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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Karen M Ridge, PhD

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

My research interests focus on the intermediate filaments (IFs), which are cytoskeletal structures that are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of cells and tissues. In general, my lab focuses on the non-mechanical roles for the IF cytoskeleton such as how IFs regulate cell migration and cell survival, and the mechanisms by which IFs are a scaffold for stress-activated kinases and adaptor proteins. We investigated whether micromechanical forces, such as shear stress and stretch, had an effect on the keratin intermediate filament (IF) network in alveolar epithelial cells. We dem...

Sangeeta M Bhorade, MD

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

I am interested in better understanding the reason why lung rejection occurs after lung transplantation in certain patients. This is most likely secondary to several factors including the type of immunosuppression, genetic factors and infectious causes on the immune system. I am currently studying the effect of the lung microbiota on the immune system in lung transplant recipients. I have also become interested in measures of frailty and sarcopenia in the lung transplant and Interstitial lung disease population.I would like to understand the impact of frailty on these conditions and most im...

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

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...

Benjamin D Singer, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

I am a physician-scientist specializing in pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as internal medicine. I received an MD from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where I also completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine. I then undertook fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before returning to Northwestern as a faculty member in 2015.

Ravi  Kalhan, MD

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...

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...

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), ...

Khalilah Latrece Gates, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Gates' clinical interests include pulmonary infections, COPD, asthma, and sepsis. Her research interests relate to impairment of pulmonary host defense and immune mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary disease.

John M Coleman, III, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department

Home Mechanical Ventilation/Noninvasive Ventilation in Neuromuscular Disease, Chronic Respiratory Failure, Sleep Disorder Breathing, Peri-operative OSA management

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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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