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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Susan R Russell, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My clinical interest in the outpatient setting is the diagnosis and treatment of sarcoidosis. I am also involved with our lung transplantation program. On the inpatient side, I serve as the medical director for our inpatient Pulmonary unit and work to help improve the inpatient care of our patients with pneumonia, asthma, and COPD as well as transitions from critical care settings. I am interested in quality research regarding inpatient pulmonary care and early recognition of sepsis.

Cara  Gottardi, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Cell-cell adhesion in health and disease

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.

Khalilah Latrece Gates, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Gates' clinical interests include pulmonary infections, COPD, asthma, and sepsis. Her research interests relate to impairment of pulmonary host defense and immune mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary disease.

Michael J Cuttica, MD

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...

Robert  Goldman, PhD

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

We study the structure, function and dynamic properties of intermediate filaments in essential mammalian cell biological phenomena. Our work focuses on the role of cytoskeletal intermediate filaments in regulating cell shape, mechanics, signal transduction, adhesion, cell motility and molecular cross talk with microtubules and microfilaments. We are also determining the roles of the nuclear lamins in regulating nuclear architecture and chromatin organization.

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.

Seok-Jo  Kim, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Exploring the role of mitochondrial DNA in alveolar epithelial aging and lung diseases. - the epigenetic regulation of Klotho in cigarette smoke extract-induced lung epithelial cell DNA damage and lung diseases (e.g. lung fibrosis, COPD..). - the role of SIRT3 in maintaining AT2 cell mtDNA by preserving mt-OGG1/ ACO-2 function important for limiting AEC mitophagy defects, apoptosis and lung fibrosis.

Laura  Dada, PhD

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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