Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program

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Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program

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1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 010
Chicago, IL 60612

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About the Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program

The Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program provides expert care for people living with interstitial lung diseases, or ILDs. We’re here to help determine the right diagnosis and treatments for your lung condition.

ILDs are a family of diseases that cause inflammation or scarring of lung tissue and can affect the ability to breathe. ILDs can have many causes, including occupational exposure, mold exposure, genetics or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma.

Our top priority is helping you achieve the best quality of life possible. The Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program team will develop a personalized care plan fit for you and your lifestyle.

  • Providing an accurate diagnosis: Symptoms of ILD — chronic cough and shortness of breath — often are misdiagnosed as asthma, allergies or pneumonia. At the Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program, we offer a comprehensive evaluation — including a review of your health history, a physical exam, blood tests and a high resolution CT scan of the lungs — to give you the right diagnosis and care plan.
  • Multidisciplinary approach: Treating ILD takes a collaborative team of experts. Together, our team — including pulmonologists, thoracic radiologists, thoracic surgeons, thoracic pathologists, rheumatologists, pulmonary rehabilitation specialists, respiratory therapists and palliative care specialists — treats a range of ILDs.
  • Minimally invasive treatment options: At the Rush Interstitial Lung Disease Program, we strive to diagnose and treat your ILD in the least invasive way possible. With the expertise of our pulmonologists and radiologists, we are often able to avoid surgery to determine the correct diagnosis. Whether through antifibrotics, anti-inflammatory medications or other immunosuppressants, we’ll find the option that best helps manage your lung condition. We also offer pulmonary rehabilitation to improve your lung efficiency and physical endurance, as well as access to clinical trials.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with us, call (312) 563-1355 or email ildprogram@rush.edu.

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Conditions Treated

We offer expert care for a variety of ILDs including the following:

Connective tissue disease-associated ILD

Connective tissue disease, also known as autoimmune disease, occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks its organs. This can lead to inflammation and scarring in the lungs. Examples include scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome or myositis.

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a type of ILD related to environmental exposure. It can be due to the lungs’ reaction to inhaled particles, or antigens, like mold and airborne dust.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the most common type of ILD, involves progressive scarring of the lungs that can eventually affect their ability to provide the body with enough oxygen. It’s usually found in people over age 50 who are former smokers.

Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia

Nonspecific interstitial pneumonia is a type of ILD that can be caused by autoimmune disease, drug reactions or environmental exposure. Sometimes no cause is found.

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis involves small areas of inflammation that can occur throughout the body’s organs, but most commonly in the lung. It can also affect the eyes, heart, liver, kidney, skin, lymph nodes and brain.

Providers

Pulmonology

Pulmonology Providers

Xiaoping Wu, MD

Xiaoping (Amanda) Wu, MD

Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine
Mark Yoder, MD

Mark Yoder, MD

Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine
Sarah Lynne Updated

Sarah Lynne, NP

Pulmonary Disease
Thoracic Radiology

Thoracic Radiology Providers

Ramya Gaddikeri, MD

Ramya Gaddikeri, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
Palmi Shah, MD

Palmi Shah, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery Providers

Gillian Alex, MD

Gillian Alex, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Nicole Geissen, DO

Nicole Geissen, DO

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Surgery
Justin Karush, DO

Justin Karush, DO

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Surgery
Michael Liptay, MD

Michael Liptay, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Christopher Seder, MD

Christopher Seder, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Rheumatology

Rheumatology Providers

Dmitriy Cherny, MD

Dmitriy Cherny, MD

Rheumatology
Wenlu Xiong, MD

Wenlu Xiong, MD

Rheumatology
Palliative Care

Palliative Care Providers

Elaine Chen, MD

Elaine Chen, MD

Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine