Lung Care Experts

Christopher W. Seder, MD

Thoracic Surgery
Christopher Seder is a general thoracic surgeon who operates on all aspects of the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall. He takes a collaborative approach to care, working with a multi-disciplinary team of thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to treat his patients battling cancer.

Media Clips:
Ron's Story: Back in Action After Esophageal Cancer


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Edward Pickering, MD

Interventional Pulmonology
Edward Pickering is the director of interventional pulmonology at RUSH. He is board-certified in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease.


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Gillian Alex, MD

Thoracic, Cardiovascular Surgery
Gillian Alex specializes in thoracic and cardiac surgery, often treating patients with lung cancer. She can speak on the importance of lung cancer screenings and prevention, and can weigh in on the latest treatments and options for people with lung cancer.

Media Clips:
Screening, Early Cancer Detection Save Lives


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J. Brady Scott, PhD, MSc, RRT-ACCS

Respiratory Therapist
J. Brady Scott is the director of clinical education and is an associate professor for the Respiratory Care program. He lectures at regional, state, national and international conferences on topics relating to respiratory care. Scott's clinical practice experience is in adult emergency/critical respiratory care.

Media Clips:
Respiratory Therapists Keeping Many COVID Patients on Ventilators Alive
Respiratory therapists: 'Unsung heroes' help patients breathe easier
How Weed Legalization Affects Respiratory Care


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Justin Karush, DO

Thoracic Surgery
Justin Karush is a thoracic surgeon specializing in thoracic outlet syndrome, lung cancer and mediastinal tumors. He also treats esophageal cancer and GERD.

Media Clips:
Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives


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Mark Yoder, MD

Pulmonary, Critical Care
Mark Yoder is a pulmonologist who treats a variety of conditions relating to the lungs, ranging from COPD to pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. He can also speak on topics like nosocomial infections, lung cancer, lung nodules and bronchoscopies.

Media Clips:
This hospital was built for a pandemic
RUSH University Medical Center was built for a moment like this. Take a look inside the calm at the center of Chicago's coronavirus storm.


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Michael Liptay, MD

Thoracic surgery
Michael Liptay is a thoracic surgeon whose focus is treating people with lung cancer. He is the chairman of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at RUSH and is the leader of University Thoracic Surgeons, the busiest minimally invasive thoracic surgery group in the metropolitan Chicago area.

Media Clips:
OPINION: Cancer mortality is decreasing and we're just getting started
Improvements in Lung Cancer Care


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Nicole Geissen, DO

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Nicole Geissen operates on all structures in the chest, including the lungs and esophagus. Much of her practice is focused on treating lung and esophageal cancers. Geissen is also the director of the Cardiothoracic Residency Program at RUSH.

Media Clips:
There's a Surgical Fix For Severe Heartburn, Doctors Say
RUSH University Medical Center to Hold Lung Cancer Screenings for Firefighters


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Prema Nanavaty, MD

Pulmonology, Critical Care
Languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish

Prema Nanavaty is a pulmonologist and critical care physician whose clinical expertise includes interstitial lung disease, lung nodules, pneumonia, pulmonary embolisms and respiratory failure. She is also well-versed in endoobronchial ultrasound and transbronchial needle aspiration.


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Robert Balk, MD

Interventional Pulmonology
Robert Balk is a pulmonologist and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at RUSH. His other areas of clinical expertise include acute respiratory distress syndrome, lung disease and acute injury, pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory failure. His areas of research include sepsis/septic shock and severe pneumonia.


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