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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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Robert A Cohen

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Robert Cohen is Professor of Medicine and Director of Occupational Lung Disease.Dr. Cohen has practiced clinical pulmonary medicine for more than 30 years and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and has been a Certified NIOSH B-Reader since 1998. Dr. Cohen has a broad background in public health, occupational lung disease and has been an investigator in the area of respiratory disease in populations of occupationally exposed workers.

Clara J Schroedl

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Education

My clinic interests include general pulmonary disease, smoking related lung disease, and smoking cessation.

Benjamin D Singer

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.

Jacob I Sznajder

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

Asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Interstitial lung disease

Ankit Bharat

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.

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

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...

Navdeep S Chandel

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

Historically, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been thought to be cellular damaging agents, lacking a physiological function. Accumulation of ROS and oxidative damage have been linked to multiple pathologies, including neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer, and premature aging. This guilt by association relationship left a picture of ROS as a necessary evil of oxidative metabolism, a product of an imperfect system. Yet few biological systems possess such flagrant imperfections, thanks to the persistent optimization of evolution, and it appears that oxidative metabolism is no different...

Laura Dada

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...

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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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