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Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Clinical Care
  • Lab Research
  • Poster presentation, Lung Research & Trainee Day
  • Fellows Rounding
  • Examining lung biopsy at the microscope

Welcome from the Interim Chief

Augusto Litonjua, MD, MPHWelcome to the Division of 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 30 faculty members devoted to patient care, education and research. We are a referral base for patients with complex lung diseases, critical illnesses, and sleep disorders 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 in Strong Memorial Hospital, a 739-bed tertiary care center in Rochester, New York.

The clinical activities of the Division encompass inpatient and outpatient services at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and Thompson Health (in Canandaigua, NY). Services at these hospitals include pulmonary consultation, medical intensive care units, respiratory step-down units, fully equipped pulmonary function laboratories, and video-equipped bronchoscopy suites. Outpatient services are also conducted at the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy, and Pulmonary Care. Sleep Medicine is practiced at the Strong Sleep Center and the Sleep Center at Thompson Health. Our faculty are actively involved in the Monroe County Tuberculosis Control Clinic. Consultative services for patients living with chronic respiratory failure at the Highlands at Brighton and Monroe Community Hospital are also provided.

The Division has two active fellowship training programs: a 3- or 4-year combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine program, and a 2-year Critical Care Medicine program. Both programs have long-standing commitments to teaching, scholarship, and mentorship. Our training grant for the combined program has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health for more than 30 years.

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, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, respiratory viral infections, sepsis, and critical illness.

Augusto Litonjua, MD, MPH
Interim Chief, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary Division, Department of Pediatrics

Upcoming Events

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds/Co-sponsored by the Lung Biology & Disease Program

Seeing Red. Free Hemoglobin and the Pathogenesis of Sepsis‐induced Organ Dysfunction

Lorraine B. Ware, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Class of ‘62 Auditorium (G-6425)

Save the Date: November 14, 2019

The 24th Asthma and Allergy Update is a day-long, live event sponsored by Rochester's Institute for Innovative Education. This educational activity is designed to give health care providers in the community an update in the field of asthma and allergy. See event details.

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