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The Lung Center

Women’s Lung Health Program

Women and men experience many common lung disorders differently. The Women’s Lung Health Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Lung Center is an innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration between physicians, surgeons and healthcare providers who treat and study lung disease in women.

We provide comprehensive and tailored disease management to address the specific needs of female patients who have lung disease. Our areas of interest include asthma, chronic lung infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dyspnea, pulmonary genetics, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), lung cancer, respiratory disorders during pregnancy, pulmonary hypertension and vocal cord dysfunction.

We draw on the significant expertise in women’s health and sex- and gender-based research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and bring together a community of expert pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, infectious disease physicians, geneticists and scientists.

Officially launched in 2013, the Women’s Lung Health Program is a collaboration between The Lung Center and the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. Our program is a reflection of the commitment of Brigham and Women’s Hospital to excellence in providing gender-specific care and the study of sex differences in disease. Read more about our collaboration here.

Learn more about the Women’s Lung Health Program.

BWH’s Women’s Lung Cancer Program is one of the few evaluation and treatment programs in the country devoted to the advanced care of women with lung cancer.

Read Lung Cancer: A Women’s Health Imperative, a report by the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology.

Read the Pulmonary Advances article, New Program Delivers Integrated, Gender-specific Care for Women with Pulmonary Diseases

Make an Appointment

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with the Women's Lung Health Program or request an appointment online.

You can also call the Women’s Lung Health Program directly at (617) 732-8887.

To schedule an appointment with a surgeon, please call the new patient coordinator at (617) 732-5922.

Women's Lung Health Program Team

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Manuela Cernadas, MD
  • Barbara Cockrill, MD
  • Dawn DeMeo, MD, MPH
  • Christopher Fanta, MD
  • Megan Hardin, MD, MPH
  • Elizabeth Henske, MD
  • Benjamin Raby, MD, MPH

Division of Thoracic Surgery

  • Michael Jaklitsch, MD

Division of Otolaryngology

  • Jayme Dowdall, MD
  • Chandler Thompson, DMA, MS, CCC-SLP
  • Maxine Van Doren, MS, CCC-SLP

Department of Nutrition

  • Kate Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN

Refer a Patient

Physicians can call 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make a referral or can call the Women’s Lung Health Program directly at (617) 732-5922

Women’s Lung Health Diseases and Conditions


The Lung Center is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston at the 15 Francis Street entrance. Pulmonary and critical care medicine, thoracic surgery and thoracic imaging are adjacent to one another, making accessibility and appointment scheduling seamless.

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