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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

According to the American College of Chest Physicians, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the world. In the U.S., the CDC lists chronic low respiratory disease as the third leading cause of death among U.S. adults ages 55 and older. COPD encompasses several lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, all of which make it difficult to breathe. In the majority of COPD cases, smoking is the main culprit.

COPD develops slowly. People often don't seek care for it and aren't diagnosed until their 50s, when the disease has already affected their lung function and their lungs have been irreparably damaged.

About the UI Health COPD Program

The University of Illinois Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) program is committed to excellence in the care of COPD through integration of excellent clinical care, research, and education.

Our Services

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis

Our Team
Min Joo, M.D. MPH, Program Director
H. Ari Jaffe, M.D. 
Lori Wilken, PharmD

Our Locations
1801 West Taylor Street
Suite 3C
Chicago, Illinois 60612

The discovery of new treatment modalities for patients with COPD is a main goal of our program. With funding from the National Institutes of Health we currently have active studies evaluating the use of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) in COPD and long term oxygen use in COPD patients with moderate hypoxemia.

To Make An Appointment
To make an appointment, call 312.413.4244