Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy

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Welcome to the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy

We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovative basic and clinical research, excellent patient care, and quality education.

Our division directs the medical intensive care unit at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. We provide consultative services to the cardiac intensive care unit, stem cell and solid organ transplantation unit, and the neurosurgical intensive care unit, as well as to inpatients and outpatients on all adult services. In addition to our involvement within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, we operate several outpatient pulmonary, allergy, and sleep clinics on the UIC campus. We treat both common and unusual illnesses, and our team of faculty members are actively involved in research concerning asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, scleroderma-related lung disease, sleep apnea, tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases.

Our division recently added a Sleep Fellowship program. Both the Pulmonary and Critical Care and Sleep fellows are an integral part of all of the division’s many operations. As a division, we are passionate about respiratory and sleep-related issues, and we strive to foster an environment of learning and research partnered with an exceptional, compassionate approach toward our patients.
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Steve Dudek, MD

Division Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy 
  Patient Care
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  Education We provide outstanding training in both our Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship and Sleep fellowship programs.




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"On March 29th, over 40 ATS members and patient advocates traveled to Capitol Hill to advocate for increased research funding, health care reform that ensures affordable health insurance coverage and for legislation to expand research and treatment for veterans with burn pit exposures. ATS members came from 23 states across the country with members of Congress and their staff to discuss the policy priorities of the American Thoracic Society. UIC was represented by Dustin Fraidenburg, M.D. who is seen here on the far left with the House Representative Danny Davis whose congressional district includes UIC Hospital and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center."  

In the picture from left to right Dustin Fraidenburg (UIC), Aaron Hamvas (Lurie Children's hospital), Beth Sufian (Cystic Fibrosis advocate), Paula Hamvas (Tobacco educator), David Gozal (ATS president and University of Chicago pediatric pulmonologist), Danny Davis (US rep.), Sonal Malhotra (Ped Pulm Fellow, Lurie Children's hospital), Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric (WashU pediatric pulmonologist),
Nuala Moore (ATS staff).

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2017 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)
Christian Ascoli, MD a 3rd year fellow in the division of Pulmonary, Critical Care,
Sleep & Allergy was selected to receive the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2017
Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS). The goal of the MTDS program
is to increase representation of underrepresented minorities as defined by the
NIH (e.g., African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native and Pacific
                              Islander) in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine research by providing an
                               opportunity for these trainees in U.S. based programs to attend the
                                    ATS International Conference.  Dr. Ascoli will be presented the award at the
                     ATS Diversity Forum in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 21, 2017. 
Congratulations Dr. Ascoli!


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  Dr. Jerry Krishnan, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, published a seminal manuscript
  in the European Respiratory Journal, March 2017

       Management of COPD Exacerbations: A European Respiratory 
                        Society/American Thoracic Society Guideline

  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects about 15 million Americans and is the
third leading cause of death in the U.S.  COPD exacerbations are common and lead to millions of emergency department visits and over 700,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S. alone.  This report presents updated evidence-based recommendations by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) / American Thoracic Society (ATS) for the management of COPD exacerbations related to corticosteroid therapy, antibiotic therapy, noninvasive mechanical ventilation, home-based management, and early pulmonary rehabilitation in patients having a COPD exacerbation. The guideline writing committee was co-chaired by Jadwiga A. Wedzicha, MD, (representing ERS) and Jerry A. Krishnan, MD, PhD (representing ATS).”

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  Dr. Bharati Prasad, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine, is quoted
  in a Chicago Sun-Times article about sleep-why it's important and advice for achieving better
  quality sleep. Prasad says sleep quality is impacted by stress, travel, bedroom environment,    
  comfort, what you did the evening before and more. "There can be many, many reasons for a
  normal sleeper to have a bad night," she said, but for problems sleeping that go beyond
  insomnia, sleep studies looking at potential medical causes can be helpful.

Read the full article: Quality of sleep as important as amount of time you're sleeping< http://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/quality-of-sleep-as-important-as-amount-of-time-youre-sleeping/



Dr. Kevin Kovitz, Interventional Pulmonologist, from our division was a participant.

Raja Convenes Round Table of Policy Experts and Community Stakeholders to Discuss Consequences of Affordable Care Act Repeal

SCHAUMBURG, IL- Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi convened a round table of policy experts and community stakeholders today from across the 8th Congressional District that includes Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs to probe the issues associated with the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Topics included the impacts of repeal on those with employer-sponsored health plans, the most positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act on patient health outcomes, and participants’ concerns about turning Medicaid into block grant programs.

“I’m glad we were able to bring together so many expert voices from the community to speak to the issues facing our health care sector if the Affordable Care Act is repealed,” said Rep. Krishnamoorthi, the Ranking Member of the Health Care Subcommittee for the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. “Today’s discussion clarified the disastrous consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act, but it also highlighted the huge benefits the law has already brought to patients and providers, as well as the ways we can build upon them to improve the Affordable Care Act. I know I’ll carry everything I learned today with me as I fight to strengthen our health care system in Congress.”

Round Table Participants Included:

Don Franke (AMITA Health, Senior Vice President Clinical Integration)
Len Wilk (President/CEO St. Alexius Medical Center)
Dr. John Jay Shannon (CEO, Cook County Health and Hospital System)
Karen Ayala (Executive Director, DuPage County Health Department)
Linnea Windel (CEO, VNA Health Care)
Dr. Ronald Weglarz (CEO, Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System)
Karen Beyer (Executive Director, Ecker Center for Mental Health)
Kara Murphy (President, DuPage Health Coalition)
Barbara Otto (CEO, Health & Disability Advocates)
Dr. Kevin Kovitz (Pulmonologist, University of Illinois Hospital Health and Science Center)
Dr. Madhuri Thota (Family Practice Physician)
Dr. Ram Krishnamoorthi (Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Hospital System)
Dr. Alvia Siddiqi (Chair of the Board of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians)
Pam Hayden (Senior Director Research and Quality Improvement, North American Spine Society)
William Mulvaney (Benefits Advisor, BenAxis, Inc.)


Welcome our New Fellows for 2017


Pulmonary and Critical Care

Miriam Anis, MD
Yu Htwe, MD
Ikuyo Imayama, MD
Stephanie LaBedz, MD

Sleep Medicine

Saveena Manhas, MD
Wassim Wadie Assaf, MD



The International Congress on Cell Volume Regulation was organized by Dr. Irena Levitan in Chicago, August 2016.  The congress brought together more than 40 speakers from the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia and was supported by a multi-PI R13 conference grant from the NHLBI (lead PI Dr. Levitan).  Many, many thanks to Karen Gordon, Alejandra Martinez and Jean Fitzpatrick who helped at all stages of the organization and grant submission and made this event possible!  Conference website designed by Gregory Kowalsky: http://giscientific.com/cvr/

Dr. Irena Levitan's new book "Vascular Ion Channels in Physiology and Disease" that was co-edited with Dr. Alex Dopico, U of Tennessee was published earlier this Summer by Springer.  It has 18 chapters written by the leading experts in the field and UIC is represented by 2 chapters - Drs. Asrar Malik and Irena Levitan.  Gregory Kowalsky (UIC) designed the front page.  This book is generating significant interest and its cumulative downloads is about 2000, about 100 downloads for each chapter which is quite amazing (see link below).   




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Administrative Office:
840 S. Wood St. (MC 719)
Room 920-N CSB (Clinical Sciences Building)
Chicago, IL 60612-7323
Phone: 312-996-8039
Fax: 312-996-4665

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Monday-Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM

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