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Shirin Muzaffar, MD, F.C.C.P, Chair, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

1900 W. Polk St.
14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: 312-864-7373

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) has a rich tradition of providing high quality health care services to the residents of Chicago and Cook County. We also have a highly sought after training program for physicians who would like to become pulmonary and critical care specialists.

The Division has one of the most diverse groups of physicians and patients of any hospital in Chicago. Our faculty, trainees, and nurses are highly experienced in the management of an enormous variety of pulmonary and critical care illnesses.

Our division brings together professionals from many disciplines to form a united team of physicians, nurses, and physiology technicians working to make our hospitalized and ambulatory population breathe easier for having met us.

The Division operates clinics at Stroger Hospital as well as Provident Hospital as well as Oak Forest Health Center.

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine has several special areas of expertise that have been developed over the years. These include: assessment and care for obstructive airway diseases, lung cancer, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis. Our hospital diagnoses more patients with tuberculosis than any other in Illinois. Our fellows, faculty, and community health care team provide care for the patients with great success. Based on the accomplishments of our very busy multidisciplinary Asthma Center, our division was named one of five National Centers for Reducing Asthma Disparities by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 2002.

We have an outstanding physiology laboratory, which offers the full range of resting, exercise and bronchoprovocation studies as well as a superb pulmonary rehabilitation program. In recent years, we have developed a burgeoning clinical experience in sleep-disordered breathing, and our faculty has published important observations of both the epidemiology and the pathophysiology of severe obstructive sleep apnea. We have expanded these diagnostic services to Provident Hospital and Oak Forest Health Center.

Our Medical Intensive Care Unit has been a leader in care for patients with advanced HIV disease, and our intensivists were among the pioneers of bedside percutaneous tracheotomy. The unit also provides therapeutic hypothermia for patients after cardiac arrest, as our team is a part of the hospital’s stroke center as well.

The Division has a long track in medical education. In addition to administering our own fellowship program, we train residents from other hospital divisions (Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Family Practice) and medical students from local and national medical schools. Our fellows end their three years with us having been exposed to a great number and variety of respiratory and critical illnesses of any fellows in the country, and having received close and experienced supervision as they develop into mature clinicians.

Health Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sleep Apnea, CPAP, Sleepiness
  • Sarcoidosis, Interstitial lung diseases, Pneumoconiosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath