Expert Medical and Surgical Treatment of Lung Conditions
At Loyola Medicine, pulmonary and critical care specialists provide evaluation and treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic lung diseases, including:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
- Lung cancer
- Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Respiratory failure
The division also has one of the most active lung transplant programs in the country and has performed more than 650 lung and heart-lung transplants.
Exceptional Services to Diagnose and Treat Lung Conditions
Loyola’s pulmonary and critical care medicine program offers expert medical and surgical treatment in outstanding, conveniently located facilities. We have multidisciplinary facilities at the Loyola University Medical Center campus, in addition to outpatient services at other locations.
We offer the following specialized services to provide you with the most comprehensive care:
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency — The Alpha-1 Foundation has designated Loyola University Medical Center as an Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center for the care of patients with this condition at its related lung and liver diseases. Our specialists provide long-term continuity of care up to and including lung transplant surgery if necessary.
- Center for Sleep Disorders — This center includes an accredited sleep laboratory that offers diagnostic studies for a full range of sleep disorders. Loyola offers a multidisciplinary approach to care that involves clinicians and staff from the departments of neurology, otolaryngology and psychiatry. Our pulmonary sleep specialists provide care in ambulatory care clinics at Loyola University Medical Center and in Oakbrook Terrace. Learn more about sleep disorders.
- Chronic ventilator management — Loyola’s specialists provide ventilator care to patients with chronic respiratory failure at RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, one of the largest long-term care facilities in the country.
- Cystic fibrosis program — All aspects of cystic fibrosis care are available at Loyola, including gastrointestinal, nutritional and social support. Learn more about cystic fibrosis.
- Interventional bronchoscopy — In addition to basic bronchoscopy, Loyola offers a variety of additional techniques such as bronchial stent placement and ultrasound-guided biopsy.
- Lung transplant surgery — Advanced lung diseases are treated collaboratively between pulmonary transplant specialists and cardiothoracic surgeons. The transplant program also includes a staff of psychologists, nurses, clinical pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists and physical therapists. Learn more about lung transplant surgery.
- Pulmonary function laboratory — Basic pulmonary function tests are available for the diagnosis and management of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary diseases.
Ongoing Research to Advance Treatment of Lung Conditions
Loyola is conducting research today that will lead to the treatments of tomorrow. We have numerous research programs underway, including clinical trials for:
- Breathing control
- Cellular mechanisms in acute lung injury
- Effect of alcohol on the lungs
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Mechanisms of patient-ventilator interactions
Respiratory muscle function Loyola’s patients will be granted access to the latest medications and therapies through our clinical trials.