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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Since its inception in 1968, the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the University of Rochester Medical Center has grown into a dynamic group of more than 20 faculty members devoted to patient care, education and research. We are a referral base for patients with complex lung diseases and critical illnesses from upstate New York and surrounding regions, and were recently recognized as one of the Top Programs in Respiratory Diseases in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The Division is based at Strong Memorial Hospital, a 739-bed tertiary care center in Rochester, New York.

The clinical activities of the Division encompass busy inpatient and outpatient services at both Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals, the Mary Parkes Asthma Center, and the Strong Sleep Center. Divisional faculty are also actively involved in the Monroe County Tuberculosis Control Clinic, and the Sleep Center at F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.

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Services provided at both Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital include pulmonary consultation, active medical intensive care units, respiratory step-down units, fully equipped pulmonary function laboratories, and video-equipped bronchoscopy suites.  Many of these programs have been recognized for their service excellence from local and national agencies (patient care information). 

The Division has an active fellowship training program with a long-standing commitment to teaching and mentorship.  Our fellowship training grant has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than thirty years, and graduates of our program have gone on to clinical and leadership positions throughout the country. First year fellows undergo intensive clinical training in all aspects of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine, with formal didactic grounding in pathophysiology.  During the second and third years, all fellows undertake a research project with a chosen mentor, and actively participate in local and national conferences (education information).

The Division houses a highly collaborative group of investigators engaged in clinical and basic research.  Areas of interest include the health effects of air pollution, asthma, lung immunology, nitric oxide metabolism, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory viral infections and sepsis (research information).


This Year's Fundraising Golf Tournament Raises over $200K for Pulmonary Treatment and Research

Check for $205,400 for Mary Parkes Center for Asthma Allergy and Pulmonary CareThe 21st annual Rochester Junior Builder's Exchange Golf Tournament exceeded the success of last year's tournament by raising $205,400 to benefit the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma Allergy and Pulmonary Care.