Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
We provide multidisciplinary management of complex pulmonary disorders through the University of Chicago Asthma and COPD Center. Our physicians and nurses team with researchers, social workers, therapists and other skilled specialists to provide the most effective care for your condition. »Learn more about the Asthma and COPD Center
When you can't breathe, you cannot wait to schedule an appointment. A walk-in clinic provides urgent care for adults experiencing difficulty breathing, including those with asthma or other respiratory problems.
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Our experts provide supportive and innovative treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
Our specialists are part of a comprehensive lung cancer treatment team, working with medical oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and radiation oncologists. »Learn more about our lung cancer care
Advanced Lung Diseases
Our team of pulmonologists provides state-of-the-art treatments for all types of advanced lung diseases, including:
- Alpha-1antitrypsin deficiency
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Rare lung diseases
Together, our expert physicians have more than 20 years experience treating these life-threatening diseases. After a comprehensive evaluation, they can advise patients on the best treatment options for them. Because they have helped so many patients with severe lung problems, our physicians are very skilled at determining the best medication and dosages for individual patients. We can also help get patients set up with oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation.
The University of Chicago Medicine offers two advanced surgical therapies for advanced lung disease:
- Lung transplantation: Our lung transplant program is one of only a handful in the Midwest. Our transplant physicians help about 30 to 35 new lung transplants patients a year.
- Lung-volume reduction surgery: This life-improving treatment can help enhance lung function in select patients with severe emphysema. Our expert lung surgeon has performed more than 100 of these procedures.
Our specialists work in multidisciplinary teams to diagnose and treat sleep disorders in adults and children. We specialize in the treatment of sleep apnea, offering continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and several other effective treatment options. »Learn more about the Sleep Disorders Center
Our Pulmonary Function Laboratory is equipped and staffed to perform a wide range of tests. Located right across the hall from our pulmonary clinic, the lab team conducts advanced tests to help physicians determine the cause and degree of each patient's condition. Tests performed include: pulmonary function testing, fiber optic bronchoscopy, arterial blood gas analysis, spirometry, and other tests.
The University of Chicago Medicine was the first hospital in Illinois to use an advanced bronchoscopy system that provides unparalleled access to tiny lung structures that previously could not be reached with standard bronchoscopes. Our physicians are using the system to locate pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions deep within the airways--without any incisions or surgery. »Learn more about advanced bronchoscopy
We have state-of-the-art medical and surgical intensive care units, staffed by physicians and nurses who specialize in caring for critically ill adults. Our ICU features the most technologically advanced equipment.
Specialized Procedure Service
A specialized procedure service is available for inpatient and outpatient procedures. This service is staffed by a critical care faculty physician who is available to perform procedures such as placement of catheters into large central veins or arteries, bronchoscopy (passage of fiberoptic camera into the lungs for examination and removal of specimens), thoracentesis (removal of fluid around the lung), and lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
Advanced mechanical ventilation is available for patients who cannot breathe for themselves.
Pulmonary care and testing for children and infants, through the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. »Learn more about pediatric pulmonary medicine