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Nearly 22 million Americans are currently diagnosed with asthma, so it’s likely that we all know at least one person who is affected by it. But what is asthma exactly, and what can be done about it.

Asthma is a disease of the lungs that causes the airways to narrow and swell. This causes symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. These symptoms can range from being a minor annoyance to being severe and life threatening. In fact, each year in the United States 1.8 million people visit emergency rooms, nearly 500,000 are hospitalized and approximately 4000 people die from asthma-related problems.

Our Care

We know how important it is to take steps to avoid asthma triggers and attacks and to treat asthma successfully, so our asthma specialists, including allergists and pulmonologists, work together to help patients effectively manage their asthma.

We offer a multidisciplinary Asthma & COPD Program for patients with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The program includes:

  • Same day visits with allergists and pulmonologists
  • Screening for chronic sinus disease and assessments by otolaryngology (ENT) physicians
  • Advanced diagnostics
    • Bronchoscopy
    • State-of-the-art lung imaging

Our Expertise

In addition to offering standard diagnostic and treatment options for asthma, we also offer expertise in less common lung problems that are often related to asthma and other obstructive lung disease.

Our expertise includes:

  • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and other causes of refractory asthma
  • Immunodeficiency evaluations
  • Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
    • We are designated an Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency Clinical Resource Center by the Alpha-1 Foundation

Meet Our Team


Contact Us

If you have or think you may have asthma, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have a physician, and you’d like to make an appointment with someone who understands asthma and how to successfully manage it, please call our Asthma-COPD Program at 312-695-1800.

You may  also make an appointment by calling our Physician Referral Department at 1-877-926-4664, or you can request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateJanuary 29, 2013