Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Within the Department of Medicine, the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides services at Loyola University Medical Center, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospitaland RML Specialty Hospital. Together our hospitals have approximately 800 acute care beds of which 200 are adult intensive care beds. The Loyola University Hospital is rated as having one of the highest patient acuity level in Illinois. The Lung Transplantation Program is one of the most active programs in the country. The Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospitalis a referral base for other VA hospitals in the region. is one of the largest long-term acute care hospital in the nation.
Our Division offers care for patients with advanced lung disease and sleep disorders. Our asthma program has a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treatment of this disorder. Other unique services of our division include acute and chronic ventilator management of patients with spinal cord injury, electrophrenic pacing of the diaphragm, and brachytherapy for lung cancer.
The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine consists of 15 full-time faculty members. Research with extramural funding includes projects in cellular mechanisms in acute lung injury, acute and chronic lung rejection, control of breathing, respiratory muscle function, mechanisms of patient-ventilator interactions, sleep-disordered breathing, and exercise rehabilitation in COPD.
Loyola University Medical Center has a fully accredited and highly competitive three-year Fellowship Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine that trains up to 12 fellows. The fellows are trained to be skilled physician-scientists through intense clinical exposure and several months devoted to research. The program's strength in Critical Care Medicine lies in its vast resource of critically ill patients, active critical care research by faculty members, and close teaching affiliation with other specialties.
Sean forsythe, md
Associate Professor of Medicine
Interim Division Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
To schedule an appointment, please contact Loyola Central Scheduling at (708) 216-8563.
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Avenue
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care
Building 54 - Room 131A
Maywood, IL 60153
Phone: (708) 216-0461
Fax: (708) 216-6839
Pulmonary & Critical Care
Our specialists provide many different Clinical Services. Please click the appropriate link below to learn more about our programs:
- Adult Cystic Fibrosis
- Critical Care
- General Nursing Triage
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Lung and Heart Transplantation
- Pulmonary Function Laboratories
- RML Specialty Hospital - Chronic Ventilator Service
- Center for Sleep Disorders
The division also boasts of an outstanding Lung Transplantation Program, Lung Volume Reduction Program, Asthma Program and Sleep Disorders Program. Services are available at the Loyola University Medical Center, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and the RML Specialty Hospital. Support groups are available to those patients needing additional information about certain respiratory diseases.
To become a funded and independent investigator
The Fellow is expected to perform research for a minimum of six months during each of the second and third years of training (provided they have satisfactorily completed their clinical requirements). They meet with faculty members towards the end of their first year to discuss ongoing projects or any ideas of their own they like to pursue and choose a research mentor. All second and third year Fellows are expected to present an abstract at the ATS international conference which is held in the month of May.
Areas of Current Research include:
- Mechanisms of weaning failure
- Patient-ventilator interactions
- Respiratory muscle pathophysiology
- Sleep in the ICU
- Control of breathing
- Outcome in long-term ventilated patients
- Lung transplantation
- COPD rehabilitation
- Alterations in lung cellular function after acute injury