Northwestern Memorial Names New Medical Director For The Lung Transplant Program

Northwestern Medicine
Pulmonology December 19, 2018
Northwestern Memorial Hospital announces the appointment of Rade Tomic, MD, medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pulmonologist, Tomic will continue the development of advanced lung transplantation and promote strategic growth initiatives for the program.

In his new role, Tomic will work alongside surgical director, Ankit Bharat, MD, to enhance infrastructure, expand regional access to patients with end-stage lung disease and rapidly streamline the patient evaluation process for faster organ transplantation.

“It is an honor to uphold a leadership role at one of the most prestigious and innovative transplant programs in Chicago,” said Tomic. “Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program has an excellent reputation and I am excited to be a part of this great team to help take the program to the next level.” 

Tomic is an accomplished, board-certified pulmonologist who evaluates and treats patients with cystic fibrosis, advanced lung diseases, pulmonary fibrosis, COPD, interstitial lung disease, and scleroderma-related lung diseases. 

He’s most known for his research on interstitial lung disease and lung transplantation. He is also a co-principal investigator for ex-vivo lung perfusion. Currently, he is investigating photopheresis as a treatment for chronic rejection in lung transplant recipients. 

Before joining Northwestern Memorial, Tomic collaborated on the lung transplantation program at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He is accredited for helping to lead the lung transplant program’s reputation and driving patient volume for the institution. 

Tomic is not unfamiliar to Chicago. He’s completed both his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After spending a few years in the Windy City, he moved to Atlanta where he earned his pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. He also has his medical degree from the University of Zagreb Medical School in Croatia. 

Tomic has licensures in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is also fluent in Croatian, Spanish, Serbian and English.

To learn more about the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomic, visit nm.org/lung or call 312.926.LUNG (5864). 
 
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