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

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.

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.

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.

Robert Goldman

Professor of Cell and Developmental 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.

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.

Ravi Kalhan

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS is Director of the Northwestern Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program where comprehensive care is provided to patients with asthma and COPD at all stages of severity. Dr. Kalhan additionally serves as medical director of the lung volume reduction program leading the multidisciplinary evaluation of patients for both bronchoscopic and surgical approaches to severe COPD. Dr. Kalhan attended college at Brown University in Providence, RI where he majored in modern American history. He subsequently entered medical school at Case Western Reserve Universit...

Peng Gao

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

PhD - Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Post-doctoral scholar - Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Center at MUSC; Staff Scientist - Proteomics Center of Excellence at Northwestern University; Operation Director - Metabolomics Core Facility of RHLCCC at Northwestern University

Khalilah Latrece Gates

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

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.

Rachel S Tappan

Assistant 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.

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