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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, 2023–2024, named Northwestern Memorial Hospital No. 18 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.

Areas of Care

Lung Transplantation

The Canning Thoracic Institute Lung Transplant Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with advanced lung disease. To make an appointment please call 312.695.5864.

Specialized Programs:

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Double lung transplant REgistry Aimed for lung-limited Malignancies (DREAM)

Lung Diseases

The Canning Thoracic Institute offers specialized care for a variety of pulmonary diseases.

Specialized Programs:

Adult Cystic Fibrosis

Asthma and COPD


Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis

Occupational Lung Disease and Black Lung

Pulmonary Vascular Disease


Complex Airway Diseases

The Canning Thoracic Institute offers leading edge treatment options for patients with complex airway diseases.

Specialized Programs:

Interventional Pulmonology

Esophageal Diseases

The Canning Thoracic Institute offers advanced treatment options for benign and malignant esophageal diseases.

Specialized Programs:

Precision Robotic Esophagectomy with Minimally Invasive anastomosis and Enhanced Recovery (PREMIER) Surgery

Critical Care Medicine

The Canning Thoracic Institute critical care team cares for patients with life threatening illnesses including pneumonia, acute lung injury, and ARDS.

Specialized Programs:

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Respiratory Therapy

Meet the Teams




Locations & Contact Information

    Lung Transplantation Referrals

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    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 referral line: 312.695.5864.

    Saved His Lungs to Save His Heart

    Saved His Lungs to Save His Heart
    How cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology and pulmonology came together to clear the clots deep in Mike’s lungs.

    Hispanic Program

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    The Hispanic Program focuses on patients who prefer to communicate in Spanish and offers culturally competent medical care for lung and thoracic diseases.

    Canning Thoracic Institute Second Opinion Program

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

    Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center

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    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.

    Clinical Trials and Research

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    The Simpson Querrey Lung Institute for Translational Science (SQLIFTS) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine uses a bedside-to-bench-to-bedside approach to seamlessly integrate patient care with research.

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