Pulmonary Medicine

Lurie Children’s Division of Pulmonary Medicine treats more children for lung and breathing-related (respiratory) diseases than any other hospital in Illinois. We are ranked 20th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for pediatric pulmonary care, including asthma care.

Our programs include:


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:

Division Head, Susanna McColley, MD, is a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist with more than 20 years of experience in her field. She also co-directs the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Lurie Children’s and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


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 within 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 te​​sts.  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 is 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.


Our pediatric specialists treat children for a wide array of conditions. See a list of the conditions we treat.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

We see patients at the main hospital and at our Outpatient Centers in Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square and Westchester.


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 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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​Transitioning to Home Care

Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of Pulmonary Medicine works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.