Overview

Overview

U.S. News Pulmonology

At Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute, we provide world-class patient care by combining our strengths in clinical expertise, research and education. Serving over 200,000 patients annually, the Respiratory Institute’s unsurpassed expertise and experience attracts patients from all over the world who seek a definitive diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment, often for a rare or complex lung disorder. With more than 170 pulmonologists, allergists/immunologists, infectious disease experts and critical care specialists, the Respiratory Institute diagnoses and treats a wide range of lung, allergy and breathing-related conditions. Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Model of Care

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center led by doctors. As a “group practice” model, physicians at Cleveland Clinic are full-time, salaried employees. They get paid the same regardless of how many procedures they perform or patients they see. This practice eliminates incentives to perform unnecessary tests or procedures and encourages physicians to consult with colleagues and spend the time necessary to practice excellent medicine.

What does that mean to you? It means that as a patient of Cleveland Clinic, you’ll have access to the broadest possible range of solutions from skilled, experienced doctors, nurses and technicians. Options you may not have in your home town – or anywhere else in America.

Our Treatment Programs and Centers

Patients receive comprehensive, individualized patient care through our unique clinical programs and centers. Our programs bring together teams of specialists within the Respiratory Institute, as well as from cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, thoracic imaging, and pulmonary pathology, to provide an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Additionally, our physicians and staff collaborate on a daily basis to research and develop new diagnostic and treatment options, shortening the gap between the laboratory discoveries of today and the patient care of tomorrow.

Respiratory Institute Leadership

Respiratory Institute Leadership

Institute Chair

Raed Dweik, MD
Raed Dweik, MD

Department Chairs

David Lang, MD
David Lang, MD
Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Hassan Khouli, MD
Hassan Khouli, MD
Critical Care Medicine
Steve Gordon, MD
Steve Gordon, MD
Infectious Disease
David Lang, MD
Glenn Meden, MD
Interim Chair
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Institute Officers

Kathrin Nicolacakis, MD
Kathrin Nicolacakis, MD
Compliance, Billing, and Reimbursement
Rendell Ashton, MD
Rendell Ashton, MD
Education Officer
Umur Hatipoglu, MD
Umur Hatipoglu, MD
Enterprise Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy
Rachel Taliercio, MD
Rachel Taliercio, MD
Patient Experience Officer
Katherine Holman, MD
Katherine Holman, MD
Quality Officer
Daniel Culver, DO
Daniel Culver, DO
Research Officer
Jennifer Ramsey, MD
Jennifer Ramsey, MD
Wellness Officer

Joint Appointments

Chief of Staff
Herbert Wiedemann, MD

Associate Chief of Staff
Susan Rehm, MD

Chair
Education Institute
James Stoller, MD, MS

Chair
Lerner Research Institute
Serpil Erzurum, MD

Departmental Vice Chairs

Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mark Aronica, MD

Infectious Disease
Kristin Englund, MD

Infectious Disease
Thomas Fraser, MD

Infectious Disease
Carlos Isada, MD

Infectious Disease
Susan Rehm, MD

Regional Directors: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

East Region
Akhil Bindra, MD

South Region
Sanjiv Tewari, MD

West Region
Safdar Khan, MD

Respiratory Institute Administrators

Departments of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
and Pulmonary Medicine
Jodi Krizmanich, RN, Administrator

Departments of Critical Care Medicine
and Infectious Disease
Jeff Olender, Administrator

Respiratory Institute
Finance Director
Elizabeth Hipps

Respiratory Institute Advanced Practice Providers
Director
Joe Keller, PA-C, MHS

Respiratory Institute
Nursing Director
Terri Murray, RN, MSN, NE-BC

Respiratory Institute
Administrator
Ann Parker, CPA

Respiratory Therapy
Executive Director
Karla Balasko

Clinical Program Directors

Allergy and Clinical Immunology Department Clinical Program Directors

Clinical Immunology
James Fernandez, MD

Drug Allergy
David Lang, MD and Lily Pien, MD

Food Allergy Program
Sandra Hong, MD

Hereditary Angioedema
Lily Pien, MD

Systemic Mastocytosis
Fred Hsieh, MD

Critical Care Medicine Department MICU Directors

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Eduardo Mireles, MD

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus MICU
Quality Officer
Anita Reddy, MD

Akron General 
Lokesh Venkateshaiah, MD

East Region Critical Care Director
Chirag Choudhary, MD, MBA

Euclid Hospital
Beverley O’Neill, MD

Fairview Hospital
Muhammad Raza, MD

Hillcrest Hospital
Akhil Bindra, MD

Marymount Hospital
Jonathan Castro, MD

Medical Intensive Liver Unit
Aanchal Kapoor, MD

Medical ECMO Program Director
Sudhir Krishnan, MD

South Pointe Hospital
Ajit Moghekar, MD

Infectious Disease Department Clinical Program Directors

Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infection Prevention
Thomas Fraser, MD

Bone and Joint Infection
Steven Schmitt, MD

Cardiac Device Infections and Infective Endocarditis
Steven Gordon, MD

Granuloma Infections
Lucileia Johnson, MD

HIV/AIDs
Marisa Tungsiripat, MD

Neuroinfections
Adarsh Bhimraj, MD

Occupational Health Infection
Cyndee Miranda, MD

Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program
Nabin Shreshta, MD

TransplantChristine Koval, MD

Travel Medicine
Steven Mawhorter, MD

Pulmonary Department Clinical Program Directors

Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Non-CF Bronchiectasis
Elliot Dasenbrook, MD

Asthma Center
Sumita Khatri, MD

Beryllium Lung Disease
Raed Dweik, MD

Chronic Cough Clinic
Rachel Taliercio, DO

COPD
Umur Hatipoglu, MD

Hemodynamics Laboratory
Adriano Tonelli, MD

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
LAM and Cystic Lung Disease
Joseph Parambil, MD

Interstitial Lung Disease
Sarcoidosis
Daniel Culver, DO

Interventional Bronchoscopy
Thomas Gildea, MD

Lung Cancer
Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH

Lung Transplantation
Marie Budev, DO

Neuromuscular Disease
Loutfi Aboussouan, MD

Pulmonary Function Laboratory
Bohdan Pichurko, MD

Pulmonary Vascular Disease
Gustavo Heresi, MD

Rheumatic Lung Disease
Kristin Highland, MD, MS

Smoking Cessation
Humberto Choi, MD

Educational Leadership

Allergy and Clinical Immunology Fellowship

Program Director
Fred Hsieh, MD

Critical Care Fellowship Program

Program Director
Neal Chaisson, MD

Associate Program Director
Abhijit Duggal, MD

Associate Program Director
Aanchal Kapoor, MD

Infectious Disease Fellowship Program

Program Director
Christopher Kovacs, Jr, MD

Associate Program Director
Kyle Brizendine, MD

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program

Program Director
Rendell Ashton, MD

Associate Program Director
Kristin Highland, MD, MS

Associate Program Director
Mani Latifi, MD

Simulation Center

Director
Eduardo Mireles, MD

Outcomes

Outcomes

This information includes the quality and outcomes measures for critical care medicine, the respiratory special care unit (ReSCU), respiratory therapy services, bronchology, asthma center, neuromuscular disease, lung and lung/heart transplantation, pneumonia, patient experience and lists of locations and staff members.