Specialists and Care Centers
Lung Transplantation Specialists and Care Center
At the beginning of 2014, another program offering cutting-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
- Thoracic surgeons
- Emergency medicine physicians
- Infectious disease physicians
- Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants
- Intensive care physicians
- Transplant nurse coordinators
- Social workers & Psychologists
- Organ procurement specialists
- Patient liaisons
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. 17 in Pulmonology and Lung Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
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.