Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Medical Critical Care: The Penn Difference

The Penn Lung Center is leading care for critically ill patients beyond the limits of conventional medicine by offering patients and their families more options to improve their lives.

  • Individuals, families and physicians choose Penn for critical care because of the breadth of specialized services available, including:
    • Lung transplant programs at the Penn Transplant Institute
    • Interventional radiology services
    • Specialty surgical services
    • Specialists in rare diseases and conditions
    • Expert coordination of care across services
    • Continuing care by intensivists for patients in need of long-term acute care though integration with Good Shepherd Penn Partners
  • Integration of the latest research findings and highest standards patient care through the use of clinical protocols and pathways.
  • Penn has a rich history of expertise in pulmonary medicine dating back to the early 1900s, when the focus was on treating and eliminating tuberculosis.
  • One of the first two-year fellowship training programs in pulmonary medicine was launched at Penn.
  • Penn physicians pioneered the clinical application of pulmonary function testing.
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was home to one of the nation's first respiratory intensive care units.
  • One of the first National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Specialized Centers of Research in respiratory medicine was created at Penn.
  • Penn's Medical ICU is a recipient of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.