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Jesse Russell Hall, MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Anesthesia & Critical Care

Jesse Russell Hall, MD, is an expert in pulmonary and critical care medicine, specializing in the treatment of complex circulatory disorders producing shock, respiratory therapy and mechanical ventilation, and the management of patients in the intensive care unit. Under his leadership, clinicians, clinical scholars, and scientists work together to provide innovative and exemplary care of patients with lung disease of diverse types. He also previously served as medical director for the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Department of Respiratory Therapy at the University of Chicago.

He has extensive experience with managing problems that persist after recovery from critical illness, including both lung dysfunction as well as even more common problems with brain, nerve and muscle dysfunction. In addition, he has assisted in the pre-operative assessment of many patients with lung and heart disease with an eye toward determining the best surgical approach and how to optimize patients for the purpose of undergoing surgery.

Dr. Hall's research focuses on respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation, with emphasis on long-term effects of these processes. His work has contributed to key findings in critical care medicine, most notably the conclusion that the structuring of routine management of the critically ill -- such as minimizing sedation exposure and mobilizing patients even while mechanically ventilated -- can shorten the duration of critical illness and speed return to home.

An accomplished author, Dr. Hall has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, over 250 abstracts, articles and book chapters, and several books on the principles of critical care. He has served on the editorial board of many peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, and Critical Care Medicine. He is a senior author of Principles of Critical Care, published by McGraw-Hill and now entering its fourth edition as the premier textbook in this field.

Dr. Hall is a dedicated educator, mentoring medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians. He is also frequently invited to deliver presentations on mechanical ventilation, respiratory therapy and critical care at national and international conferences.

In addition, Dr. Hall has received many notable awards and has been named one of "America’s Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. for 10 consecutive years.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Critical Care

Medical School

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Internship, Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


American Association of Internal Medicine
American College of Chest Physicians
American College of Physicians
American Thoracic Society
National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care
Medical Directors of Respiratory Care
Society of Critical Care Medicine

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-1454

Office Fax

(773) 702-4754

Office Postal Address

Jesse Russell Hall, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6076
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Post-critical illness complication
  • Critical care medicine
  • Respiratory failure
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Asthma

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Read More About Dr. Hall

Dr. Hall's research contributed to findings that speed recovery, save money, and improve outcomes for ICU patients. Find out more.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Hall's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.