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Pulmonary and Critical Care

Our physician-educators and scientists are dedicated to delivering the best pulmonary and critical care medicine. Led by Steven Simson, MD, the division has doubled in size the number of faculty and the fellowship program. The division excels in all three missions of the School of Medicine: Clinical care, education and research.


Our Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship Program trains to the highest level of pulmonary and critical care, and our fellows present their research at national meetings. We are also very active in the problem-based learning groups in first- and second-year basic science modules within the medical school. Members of the division have been awarded the Kemper Teaching Award, the annual Internal Medicine Teaching Award, etc.


Our research program is expanding and has a particular interest in the physiology of sepsis, hypoxia-related signaling, and nanoparticle technology. We have partnerships with:

  • Department of Physiology on a Parker B. Francis Pulmonary Research Fellowship, which involves the development of nanoparticles in the treatment of HIV-related lung disease.
  • KU-Lawrence campus on a Wallace Coulter Career Translation Research Award involving nanoparticles in the treatment of asthma.

We also have a robust clinical trial effort and have expertise in trials for sepsis, pulmonary arterial hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and other critical care investigations. The division has had funding from the NIH, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, and several members have held the Max Allen Award. 

Last modified: Oct 07, 2016
Contact Us

Steven Simpson, MD

Steven Q. Simpson, M.D., FCCP, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Interim Director, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

Academic Contact:
Barbara Robinson, 913-588-6046

Patient Care


In partnership with The University of Kansas Hospital, our Pulmonary program ranks No. 28, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 Best Hospitals list. Our clinical affiliations include:

Learn more about patient care.

• To make an appointment, call 913-588-1227 or go to the KU Hospital website.