The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine offers a comprehensive program of quality patient care, research and education.

In line with the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care’s visions and missions, the division seeks to:

  • Provide excellent, state-of-the art clinical care to patients with a variety of pulmonary diseases, compassionate care for their families and comprehensive services for referring physicians.
  • Understand the cellular and molecular basis of lung disease, especially in critically ill patients, and undertake cutting-edge basic science and clinical research to better evaluate and treat such disorders.
  • Teach the next generation of doctors how to care for patients with lung disease and critical illnesses and instill in them clinical skills, confidence and enthusiasm to question the biological basis for the disorders they treat.

The clinical expertise of the division's faculty members covers a broad range of pulmonary and critical care medicine, including asthma, obstructive and restrictive lung disease, pulmonary physiology, sleep apnea and all aspects of ICU medicine. The division has an active clinical and basic science research program with projects related to asthma, COPD, aerosol therapy, lung cancer, mechanical ventilation, sepsis, shock, respiratory failure and sleep medicine. The Division has a fully accredited and highly competitive three-year combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program having a total of seven clinical fellows. The fellows are trained to be skilled clinician scientists through intense clinical exposure and several months devoted to research. The fellowship’s strength in pulmonary and critical care medicine lies in state-of-the-art facilities for treatment of patients, active patient care, research by faculty members and close teaching affiliation with other specialties. Our division is recognized for its excellence in teaching medical students and medical residents.

The convenient location of the medical center affords the division interaction with other local medical facilities and university departments in a variety of collaborative research efforts. In short, the members of the division are committed to the highest quality of patient care, teaching and clinical and basic research to further understand acute and chronic pulmonary disease. Our goals are to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families.

History

In 1973, the Division of Pulmonary and Environmental Medicine was established at the University of Missouri under the directorship of Kaye Kilbourn, MD. Dan Hurst, MD, was director from 1976-84. In 1984, when Sheldon Braun, MD, became the director, the name of the division was changed to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine. Between 1993 and 2001, Philip Dellinger, MD, and James Hinson, MD, served as division directors. Rajiv Dhand, MD, served as the director of the division from 2002-10 and was succeeded by Stevan Whitt, MD. The current division director is Hunter Hofmann, MD.