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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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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

Meet our faculty

Mercedes Carnethon

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

Epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on health behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep and in populations defined by race/ethnicity, age and gender.

Cara J Gottardi

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

Cell-cell adhesion in health and disease

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 ...

Peng Gao

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

PhD - Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Post-doctoral scholar - Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Center at MUSC; Staff Scientist - Proteomics Center of Excellence at Northwestern University; Operation Director - Metabolomics Core Facility of RHLCCC at Northwestern University

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.

Lisa F Wolfe

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

Studying devices for ventilatory support used in home based settings. This is most relevant to those with neuromuscular disorders and sleep related breathing disorders.

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...

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...

David Kamp

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

1. Clinical interests: • interstitial lung disease • copd / asthma • dyspnea • drug-induced lung disease 2. Research interests • Mechanism of alveolar epithelial cell injury: role of iron-derived free radicals, mitochondrial dysfunction and mitochondrial DNA damage • Asbestos and airborne particulate matter

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