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Northwestern Medicine Canning Thoracic Institute

Northwestern Medicine offers diagnostic testing and treatment services for a wide range of pulmonary and respiratory conditions.

Leading-Edge Lung and Chest Care

At Northwestern Medicine Canning Thoracic Institute, you have access to outstanding lung and chest care from a team committed to achieving superior results for you. To do this, we take the time to listen and understand your needs. Then together, we can create a comprehensive treatment plan designed to improve your overall quality of life.

Anchored at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Canning Thoracic Institute is a regional destination for those who need highly specialized thoracic care. In fact, U.S. News & World Report, 2022–2023, named Northwestern Memorial Hospital No. 13 in the nation for Pulmonary and Lung Surgery. The ranking is a reflection of the leading-edge lung and chest services we offer, and the results we achieve for patients.

Groundbreaking Thoracic Research

Together with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine is committed to shaping the future of medicine through research. Northwestern Medicine physicians are national leaders in many areas of clinical research and are committed to finding answers to today's most complex medical questions. And they are translating exciting research discoveries into more effective treatment approaches and prevention strategies for patients.

Meet the Teams

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The Northwestern Medicine Pulmonary and Thoracic Surgery teams provide complete diagnostic testing and treatment services in modern, patient-centered facilities for all types of respiratory system conditions.

Areas of Care

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program diagnoses and treats cystic and pulmonary fibrosis in order to manage lung disease and improve quality of lives.

Ambulatory Precision Lung Sparing (A-PLUS) Surgery Program

Our program offers minimally-invasive, outpatient lung cancer surgery to simultaneously diagnose and treat early-stage lung cancer.

Asthma and COPD

Northwestern Medicine Asthma and COPD helps people living with asthma and COPD manage their diseases more effectively.

Canning Thoracic Institute Second Opinion Program

When your lung or chest condition requires complex treatments or major surgery, it makes sense to get a second opinion.

Complex Airway and Tracheal Surgery Program

Offering specialized treatments for both common and rare disorders of the trachea.

Critical Care Medicine

Critical Care Medicine team cares for patients with life-threatening illnesses. These include pneumonia, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), liver failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, acute kidney failure and shock.

Esophageal and Foregut Surgery Program

Offering surgical treatments for esophageal reflux, hiatal and paraesophageal hernia, achalasia, Zenker's diverticulum and epiphrenic diverticulum.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program

Northwestern Medicine provides extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), or extracorporeal life support, to patients with life-threatening illness or injuries that prevent their lungs or heart from working effectively.

Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis Program

The Interstitial Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis Program provides comprehensive and advanced care to patients.

Interventional Pulmonology

Delivering care with leading-edge technologies with a focus on the evaluation of possible lung cancer and informed by the latest research.

Lung Cancer Program

Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive and compassionate lung cancer care at convenient locations.

Lung Diseases

Lung diseases, such as lung cancer, influenza, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), prevent you from getting enough oxygen.

Lung Transplantation

Northwestern Medicine physicians combine leading clinical practice with groundbreaking research in the treatment of all types of severe lung disease.

Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Program

The Northwestern Medicine Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Program specializes in diagnosing and treating lung disease.

Occupational Lung Disease and Black Lung Program

The Northwestern Medicine Occupational Lung Disease and Black Lung Program specializes in the evaluation of lung conditions that have been caused or made worse by the materials you are exposed to in the workplace.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Northwestern Medicine offers early medical evaluation of pulmonary vascular disease patients and state-of-the-art treatment.

Respiratory Failure

Northwestern Medicine pulmonary specialists provide patient-centered care, experience, innovation and expertise in the treatment of respiratory failure.

Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Our surgeons are pioneers and national leaders in robot-assisted thoracic surgery and have some of the best outcomes.

Sarcoidosis Program

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that usually affects the lungs and lymph nodes, but it can spread to other organs, including the eyes, skin, liver and kidneys.

Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program

This program provides state-of-the-art care to patients with all cancers in the chest cavity.

Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center

Based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Comprehensive COVID-19 Center provides multidisciplinary care for patients with persistent or newly onset symptoms related to a prior COVID-19 infection.




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    Lung Transplantation Referrals

    Northwestern Medicine's physician specialists work hard to find the best possible candidates for transplant and to deliver exceptional pre- and post- transplant care to patients.

    Call our 24-hour physician referral line: 844.639.5864.

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