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

GR Scott Budinger

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

Asthma; Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; Pulmonary Fibrosis; Pulmonary Thromboembolism; Sarcoidosis

Sean B Smith

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Surgery (Thoracic Surgery)

Bronchoscopy, EBUS, lung nodules, lung cancer, pleural disease, critical care ultrasound

Clara J Schroedl

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

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

Laura Dada

Research 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...

Marc A Sala

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.

James M Walter

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

James Walter, MD is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician and Medical Director of the Northwestern Lung Rescue Program. Dr. Walter attended Princeton University followed by medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Walter’s clinical interests are in the care of adult patients with acute respiratory failure and shock including the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. His r...

Rachel S Tappan

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

My clinical and academic interests are in the areas of neurorehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation. I have practiced in clinical and research settings at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) for over 15 years. My clinical work has included the development of knowledge translation tools for optimal use of outcome measures in neurorehabilitation and program development for Phase II and Phase III Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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.

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 ...

Jane Dematte D'Amico

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Undergraduate studies: University of Rochester, BS 1981 Postgraduate studies: SUNY StonyBrook School of Medicine, MD 1986 Internship and Residency, SUNY StonyBrook: Internal Medicine 1986-1989 Chief Resident, SUNY StonyBrook: 1989-1990 Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, SUNY StonyBrook: 1990-1993 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, MBA: 2006-2008 Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

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Division Administrator

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Tasneem Uting
t-uting@northwestern.edu
312-908-3245

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Setong Mavong
setong@northwestern.edu
312-503-7727

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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Housestaff Research Portal

Former PSTP Trainee Luisa Morales Nebreda, MD

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs 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