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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

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Developmental 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 demons...

YouYang Zhao

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 in ...

Sharon Reifler Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Rosenberg’s clinical interests are in the care of asthma, COPD and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Her research interests relate to co-morbidities of COPD, asthma and COPD re-hospitalization risk factors and interventions, and air pollution.

Sean B Smith

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

Bronchoscopy, EBUS, lung nodules, lung cancer, pleural disease, critical care ultrasound

Richard G Wunderink

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.

GR Scott Budinger

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

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

Rachel S Tappan

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My clinical and academic interests are in the areas of neurorehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation. I have practiced in clinical and research settings at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) for over 15 years. My clinical work has included the development of knowledge translation tools for optimal use of outcome measures in neurorehabilitation and program development for Phase II and Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Jane Dematte D'Amico

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Undergraduate studies: University of Rochester, BS 1981 Postgraduate studies: SUNY StonyBrook School of Medicine, MD 1986 Internship and Residency, SUNY StonyBrook: Internal Medicine 1986-1989 Chief Resident, SUNY StonyBrook: 1989-1990 Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, SUNY StonyBrook: 1990-1993 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, MBA: 2006-2008 Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Michael J Cuttica

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

I am committed to a career in patient-oriented research related to pulmonary vascular disease. Exploring the clinical impact and the mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with underlying lung disease is my primary research interest. This interest stems from my clinical experience over the last several years developing and building the Northwestern Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication seen in patients with lung disease, specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although the association between the presence of PH in COPD...

Ravi Kalhan

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

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 medical director of the lung volume reduction program leading the multidisciplinary evaluation of patients for both bronchoscopic and surgical approaches to severe COPD. 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 Universit...

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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

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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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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