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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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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

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

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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

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

Paul Andrew Reyfman

Assistant Professor 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.

Paul T Schumacker

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Cell and Developmental 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.

Jacqueline M Kruser

Assistant Professor 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 Uni...

Peter H Sporn

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

Clinical Interests: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, SARCOIDOSIS. Research Interests: airway inflammation and remodeling in asthma and COPD; effects of hypercapnia (elevated levels of CO2) on innate immunity and host defense in the lung.

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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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