Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the two most common respiratory conditions in the United States, each affecting approximately 20 million people. Northwestern Medicine provides comprehensive care for people living with asthma and COPD so they can manage their diseases effectively and live full and active lives. Clinical research is also a major focus of our mission, as we try to generate new knowledge regarding asthma and COPD and offer new state-of-the-art therapies to our patients.

Research and academics

The Northwestern Medicine researchers in asthma and COPD conduct their work through the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, within the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Learn more about the research done within this division, including active clinical trials, areas of focus and research news. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care offers a clinical and a research fellowship program, as well as a training program in lung science. Detailed information about these programs is available in the Pulmonary and Critical Care education section.

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The Northwestern Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides complete diagnostic and treatment services and facilities for patients with all types of respiratory diseases.

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call 312.695.1800.

Asthma and COPD Program

The Asthma and COPD Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive care to people living with asthma and COPD with the goal of helping patients manage their diseases effectively and live full and active lives.

Our program is one of the largest in the region, providing specialty care to patients with Asthma and COPD. We provide advanced treatments and are the only lung volume reduction surgical program in the region. Clinical research is also a major focus of our mission as we try to generate new knowledge regarding asthma and COPD, and also offer new state-of-the-art therapies to our patients.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

Northwestern Medicine pulmonologists work with their peers at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital to combine exercise training with breathing retraining, behavioral and educational programs designed to help patients with COPD and other related chronic lung diseases.

The main goals of pulmonary rehabilitation are to help you control symptoms, improve daily living activities and restore your ability to function independently. Our team of nurses, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, pastoral care staff and dietitians will be with you from the start. They'll develop a plan that's right for you by gradually increasing activity levels and improving your quality of life.

How do I enter the program?

To enter the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at Lake Forest Hospital, you’ll need a referral from your physician with an appropriate diagnosis, as well as a pulmonary function test. We will also work with you to schedule a patient entry assessment prior to entering the program. This takes about two hours and includes assessment of the following:

  • Daily life activities
  • Education
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical history
  • Nutrition
  • Physical response to exercise
  • Quality of life
  • Symptoms

Asthma and COPD Program

Asthma and COPD are the two most common respiratory conditions each affecting approximately 20 million people in the United States.

The Asthma and COPD Program at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital provides comprehensive care to people living with asthma and COPD with the goal of helping patients manage their diseases effectively and live full and active lives. Clinical research is also a major focus of our mission as we try to generate new knowledge regarding asthma and COPD, and also offer new state-of-the-art therapies to our patients. 

To schedule an appointment, please call 847.535.6570.

When breathing becomes difficult for you or your child, the caring respiratory specialists at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital can help to improve your quality of life. You have access to:

  • Registered and certified respiratory therapists to help you better understand your condition and the treatment your doctor has prescribed
  • Round-the-clock inpatient care and convenient outpatient services
  • Advanced pediatric care for serious breathing conditions at the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH)
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital* pediatric specialists at the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Outpatient Center clinics at CDH

 

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

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