Centers of Excellence

The Lung Center

Critical Care Medicine and ICU

If you or a loved one experience a life-threatening illness, including chronic or severe breathing disorders and other medical conditions, you may require the attention of a team of specially-trained health care providers in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Our patients are cared for and monitored around-the-clock. We use a range of sophisticated equipment, such as breathing machines, feeding tubes and catheters, to support their organs. Critical care medicine physicians at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Lung Center are board-certified intensivists who care for people with serious breathing issues in our state-of-the-art critical care inpatient units.

These critical care specialists are also skilled in sensitive areas such as end-of-life decisions, advance directives, and counseling of patients and families. They lead a team represented by specialties across the spectrum—ranging from surgery and anesthesiology to nursing, social work and respiratory therapy. Our highly collaborative approach ensures that patients and families are supported and informed at all times.

Among the most common lung conditions we treat are respiratory failure and infections like pneumonia. Advanced therapies include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), mechanical ventilation and lung transplantation. Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an international referral center for seriously ill patients who require complex critical care services.

I'm a physician. How do I make a referral?

Physicians can call 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to refer a patient or can make an online referral.

Who are your critical care medicine specialists?

How do I contact the Lung Center?

Call The Lung Center at 1-844-BWH-LUNG (1-844-294-5864) to make an appointment with a critical care medicine specialist or request an appointment online.

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