Lurie Children’s Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine treats more children for lung and breathing-related (respiratory) diseases than any other hospital in Illinois. The division is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric pulmonary care, including asthma care.

We believe in family-centered care, which means we care for the whole family along with the patient and involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care into your lifestyle. We offer many helpful family services.

A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will care for your child. This team approach makes it easier for you to see every specialist your child needs under one roof and often in the same visit.

Our clinical care includes a full-service pulmonary physiology laboratory with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing. We are the only regional pulmonary service offering infant pulmonary function tests.  The division offers many opportunities for patients to take part in clinical trials studying new treatments.  We are a Therapeutics Development Network Center for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and a site for the Asthma Clinical Research Network and Asthmanet. Our physicians and scientists conduct many types of research that are improving the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases.

In partnership with the Feinberg School, our division offers a pediatric pulmonology fellowship, one of only two accredited training programs for pediatric pulmonology in Chicago. This program teaches physicians the most effective ways of treating children with lung and breathing-related disorders.


Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children's is nationally-ranked for pediatric pulmonary care, including asthma care, by U.S.News World Report

Pediatric Pulmonary Specialists

Our entire staff is dedicate​d to evaluating and treating infants, children and teenagers. The team includes:

  • Pediatric pulmonologists
  • Sleep medicine physicians
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Pediatric pulmonary nurses
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Pulmonary function technicians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Dietitians

Pulmonologists also work with other experts at Lurie Children’s, including:

Maria L. Dowell, MD

Interim Division Head, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine; Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center

Kathleen L. Boyne, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Ilya Khaytin, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Autonomic Medicine, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Oren J. Lakser, MD

Oren J. Lakser, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonology

Steven Lestrud, MD

Steven Lestrud, MD

Medical Director, Respiratory Care; Attending Physician, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine

Susanna McColley, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

John B. Palla, MD

Associate Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center; Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Janaki Paskaradevan, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Nicolas Porta, MD

Nicolas F. Porta, MD

Attending Physician, Neonatology; Co-Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program; Associate Director, Lurie Children’s NICU

Avani V. Shah, MD

Avani V. Shah, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Irina Trosman, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Jennifer Beier, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine/Pulmonary Hypertension

Stacy Bichl, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine/Cystic Fibrosis Center

Joanne Cullina, APRN-CNS

Clinical nurse specialist, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, Lurie Children's/Northwestern University Cystic Fibrosis Center

Maria Elena Gonzalez, APRN-NP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine

Caroline Hodgson, APRN-NP, RN, DNP, CPNP-AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care

Alexandra Kacena, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine; Clinical Director, Mobile Asthma Clinic; High Risk Asthma Clinic

MaryKate McIntyre, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Emily R. Simmons, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine; Clinical Director, High Risk Asthma Clinic; Clinical Director, Mobile Asthma Clinic

Clare Spahr, PA

Physician Assistant, Pulmonary Medicine

Tiffany St. James, APRN-NP, PNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Jenifer L. Burke, NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Pulmonary Medicine

Neha Joshi, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Girish D. Sharma, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine

Steven R. Boas, MD

Steven R. Boas, MD

Member, Children's Community Physicians Association

 Luis Torero, MD

Luis Torero, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center; Member, Children's Community Physicians Association

Alexander Ing, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor III, Genetics, Genomics and Metabolism

Make an Appointment

We offer several scheduling options for your child's care needs. 

Our Locations

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312.227.4000

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393
1.800.543.7362

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
880 W. Central Rd, Ste 6400
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
312.227.5410

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Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

25 N. Winfield Road
East Entrance
Winfield, Illinois 60190
630.933.6631

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox

1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
Suite 100
New Lenox, Illinois 60451
312.227.3620

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Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie

3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076
312.227.5600

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Research

The Division of Pulmonary Medicine actively engages in several research projects.

Fellowships

Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer a fellowship for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty.

Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500