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A Northwestern Medicine Interventional Pulmonology specialist examines a patient's lung scan image on a computer.

Interventional Pulmonology is part of Northwestern Medicine and the Northwestern University Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We are a subspecialty of pulmonary (lung and chest) medicine and surgery. Our primary focus is the evaluation of possible lung cancer (spots on chest X-rays or CT scans). We perform minimally invasive biopsies to help determine if patients have lung cancer. We also help patients with other lung and chest conditions, including the following:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Airway stenosis (narrowing of the airway)
  • Bronchopleural fistulas
  • Central airway obstructions
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Hemoptysis (spitting up blood)
  • Lung cancer, primary and metastatic
  • Lung nodules and masses
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural disease, tumors and effusions
  • Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Severe asthma
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheobronchomalacia
  • Pleural effusions
  • Severe asthma

We deliver care with leading-edge technologies informed by the latest research in collaboration with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our goal is to provide exceptional and timely patient care, especially for those facing the possibility of lung cancer. We work at all three Northwestern Medicine hospitals and collaborate with primary care providers from any location.

Meet the Teams

A physician looks at a pulmonary scan of the lungs.
Our team sees patients across Northwestern Medicine, including downtown Chicago as well as the northern, northwestern and western suburbs.

Advanced Programs

As part of an academic health system committed to breakthrough medicine, our Interventional Pulmonology program collaborates with several subspecialty programs.

Lung Cancer Screening Program

This team specializes in evaluation and follow-up with patients at high risk for lung cancer.

Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Program

This program specializes in evaluation, risk assessment and management of lung nodules.

Multidisciplinary Tracheal Stenosis Program

This program cares for patients with tracheal (airway) problems, including stenoses (narrowing), obstruction, and malacia.

Robotic Bronchoscopy Program

This is the first pulmonary program in Illinois to offer a new, robotic-assisted lung biopsy approach. It allows for earlier diagnosis of lung cancer.

Zephyr Valve Program

Zephyr® is the first FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure to help people with emphysema breathe easier without major surgery.

Conditions

Treatments

  • Balloon Bronchoplasty
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) for Severe Asthma
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest Tube Placement
  • Chronic Indwelling Pleural Catheters (PleurX)
  • Cone Beam CT
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Convex and Radial Probe
  • Endobronchial Valve Placement for Severe COPD (Zephyr valve procedure) and treatment of air leaks
  • Fiducial Marker Placement
  • Laser Endoscopy
  • Laser, Electrocautery and Cryotherapy in the Airway
  • Medical Pleuroscopy/Thoracoscopy
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG feeding tubes)
  • Percutaneous Tracheostomy (Breathing Tube)
  • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
  • Pleurodesis
  • Pleuroscopy and Pleural Biopsy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Dilation
  • Tracheobronchial Stents
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tumor Ablation
  • Tunneled Pleural Catheters (PleurX or Aspira)
  • Whole Lung Lavage
Locations