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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Marc A Sala, MD

Assistant Professor 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.

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

Sharon Reifler Rosenberg, MD

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Andrew Reyfman, MD

Instructor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

I am an aspiring physician scientist in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. I received an MD and then completed residency in internal medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. I came to Northwestern for fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and then joined the faculty here as an instructor in 2017.

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...

Cara  Gottardi, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Cell-cell adhesion in health and disease

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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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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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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