Specialists and Care Centers

Lung Transplantation Specialists and Care Center

At the beginning of 2014, another program offering leading-edge therapy came to Northwestern Medicine: the Lung Transplant Program. Designed to provide survival extension in patients with lung disease, the program is led by Rade Tomic, MD, and Ankit Bharat, MD, two of a select group of experts in lung transplant in the United States.

The Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program takes a multidisciplinary approach with expert consultative services in pulmonary, cardiac, renal and liver diseases. We are privileged to already have staff members throughout this facility who can easily supplement the lung transplant team*, bringing a full range of expertise to pulmonary treatment decisions:

  • Primary care physicians
  • Pulmonologists
  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Infectious disease physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
  • Intensive care physicians
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Social workers & Psychologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Organ procurement specialists
  • Patient liaisons
  • Pathologists

Overall, Northwestern Medicine has a basic philosophy that encourages continual and open communication with referring physicians so that they may remain involved in their patients’ care. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is nationally ranked No. 18 in Pulmonology and Lung Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Clinical research

Clinical trials are closely controlled, scientific research studies involving patients and volunteers. These are not considered treatments for a particular disease or condition. One goal of clinical trials is to learn more about diseases and potential treatments or cures to help patients now and in the future.

The physician researchers within the program seek to provide patients with the opportunity to participate in emerging therapies and studies of pulmonary disease.

Meet the Team

The multidisciplinary team of Northwestern Medicine lung transplant physicians are experienced in all manner of advanced lung disease.

Related Resources


The Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program


  • American Lung Association: This organization is working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.
  • American Society of Transplantation: This website’s Patient Information section offers a number of resources for transplant patients.
  • Coalition on Donation: The organization promotes organ donation and provides education about it.
  • Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network: Website of the not-for-profit organ procurement organization that works with hospitals and donor families in the northern three-fourths of Illinois and northwest Indiana. The organization is responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for medical transplantation in the service area, as well as for professional and public education on organ and tissue donation.
  • MedlinePlus: This is a trusted source that covers all aspects of organ donation and provides easy access to medical journal articles, extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials and the latest health news.
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI): This division of the National Institutes of Health offers information about the lung transplantation process.
  • National Organ and Tissue Donation Initiative: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking this initiative to ease the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors by building a national community of organ sharing.
  • Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN): OPTN is a unique public-private partnership that links all of the professionals involved in the donation and transplantation system. Its goals are to increase the supply of donated organs available for transplantation and the effectiveness and efficiency of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
  • Transplant Living: This is the United Network for Organ Sharing patient education site for all transplant patients.
  • TransWeb: TransWeb's mission is to provide information about donation and transplantation to the general public to promote organ donation and to provide transplant families with information dealing specifically with transplant issues.
  • United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS): Through the UNOS Organ Center, organ donors are matched to waiting recipients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Through its policies, UNOS ensures that all patients have a fair chance at receiving the organ they need—regardless of age, sex, race, lifestyle, religion, or financial or social status. UNOS members include every transplant program, organ procurement organization and tissue typing laboratory in the United States.
  • U.S. Transplant—Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR): The SRTR supports the ongoing evaluation of the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation in the United States.

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.